Any noticable diff between late 2014 I7/I5?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by paulwgraber, Oct 26, 2018.

  1. paulwgraber macrumors regular

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    Any noticeable differences between late 2014 I7 4Ghz vs I5 3.5GHZ? with the same 295x card ?

    Also is $1,350 a fair price for a late 2014 I7, 32G ram with 500G SSD drive, 295x card?

    or should I opt for the I5 same specs with a 1TB Fusion drive for a couple bucs cheaper.
     
  2. mikehalloran macrumors 65816

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    It depends on your uses.

    Word processing, email, surfing the 'net, FaceBook, YouTube etc. i5 is fine — save your money

    Audio editing, notation, DAW, AV editing, gaming, Photo editing, heavy graphics etc. Get an i7 — money very well spent
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    It depends. What are your uses?
     
  3. paulwgraber thread starter macrumors regular

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    Some Home movie video editing and graphic art as well as light gaming.
     
  4. mikehalloran macrumors 65816

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    Although you're probably ok with an i5, you'll be happier with an i7. Video will load faster, graphics will render faster etc.

    Intel's stock description is that the i7 is 30% faster overall. That's marketing BS plucked out of thin air. Disk intensive tasks are no different while raw computing can be a great deal faster.

    I have been able to A/B my projects on nearly identical i7 vs i5 stations. On an i7, a large project may load in a couple minutes while the i5 may take 20min or more to load and display properly. Mine involve more audio than video. The first time it happened, I was in an unfamiliar studio and was quite apologetic thinking I'd done something wrong but no—an i7 can load it quickly while an i5 always takes forever.

    Trying to find a contemporary article that lays it out simply but am coming up dry. The differences in 2014 weren't the same as they are 2018 or 2010 for that matter. Most articles are loaded with gobbletygook and end with the following non-statement (from Intel Marketing?)

    "So, to sum up, we can say Intel Core i5 is made for mainstream users who care about performance, and Intel Core i7 is made for enthusiasts and high-end users. If you are a normal mainstream user who cares about your Laptop’s overall performance, then i5 is the one- and if you are planning to have a blast with high-end gaming, video editing and lots of multitasking while running heavy software, then i7 would be worth the cost."

    Yea, whatever... You like gaming and want to edit video. The right i7 will come along.
     

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