Benchmarked: The Quad-Core i7 iMac is Super Fast

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  1. applelicious macrumors member

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  2. robby818 macrumors 6502a

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    Nice review. Thanks for posting a link to it. I use handbrake so seeing that the i7 will make a difference there is good news to me. I originally ordered an i5 through Amazon but changed to an i7 this past weekend. I am looking at delivery next week. :)
     
  3. JimKirk macrumors 6502

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    That review is full of errors

    It talks about the I7 Bloomfield and not Lynnfield.

    Honestly that guys knows nothing about these machines.
     
  4. Hexley macrumors 6502a

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    I use Aperture a lot... I want to see Aperture benchmarks... :))
     
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    +2
     
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    Do you already have a shipping date? When is the expected arrival date?
     
  8. wodeh macrumors regular

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    I thought that one of the major benefits of multi-core systems for every day use was that you could run several single-threaded applications simultaneously without them fighting for CPU cycles. This article doesn't even touch upon that...

    Surely you gain benefits with single-threaded applications as soon as you start running a large number of them? I would typically have several virtual machines, PHP/Apache/MySQL running alongside a plethora of development tools.

    Furthermore, the i7 architecture should also better serve the RAM requirements of multiple simultaneous applications versus the Core2.

    The i7 must surely smoke the Core2 when multi-tasking. But these tests assume the "real world" single threaded application user would only be using one single threaded application at any one time.
     
  9. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    Could 47 minutes be improved with an external FW800 drive?
     
  10. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

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    That 47 minutes includes ripping the DVD straight from the 8x Superdrive. If you used a 16x or higher external DVD drive, then I would imagine the speed would be closer to ~30 minutes.
     
  11. 300D macrumors 65816

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    Thats so 2005.

    Seriously, Apple has been using that exact same $30 "Super"drive since 2005 in the G5 iMacs.
     
  12. fobfob macrumors 6502

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    These results tally with my observations. I'm waiting for the threads to start on how to interpret CPU utilisation graphs on an i7. I posted about this the other day. PC people might be able to help us as they have a huge head start on the i7!
     
  13. California King macrumors 65816

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    Check out the reality benchmarks though. Almost identical to the Core 2 Duo.
     
  14. 300D macrumors 65816

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    Check out the apps specifically chosen for not being able to take advantage of multiple cores.
     
  15. Uncle Pinny macrumors regular

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    As I've just mentioned on another thread, I 2 passed m4v h.264 handbrake encoded a pre ripped DVD last night in 15mins flat.

    AWESOMENESS.
     
  16. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    What was the FPS? I am getting about 80+ FPS with the internal drive. I didn't expect there to be that big a jump..damn.
     
  17. Uncle Pinny macrumors regular

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    Notice I said 'pre ripped'


    ....as in a dvd image I'd previously extracted using Fairmount. Superdrive still sucks even in 2009!
     
  18. paulyras macrumors 6502

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    These computers are certainly fast enough that the drive itself becomes a bottleneck, but keep in mind that there are A LOT of options in handbrake.

    You rip differently for an iPod vs a Hugh quality rip to display on a nice tv or on your screen. Resolution, # of passes, etc... will have a huge effect on the framerate. It may not be an apples to apples comparison.
     

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