Cant decide which imac to get

Discussion in 'iMac' started by zackwhitman, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. zackwhitman macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2011
    Should I get a 27' iMac with an i5 processor and 1 GB video card. or a 27' iMac with 512MB video card.

    which is better to get. would 1gb video for gaming even though the i5 quadcore isnt as strong a processor as i7? or what is the best option.
  2. skiltrip macrumors 68030

    May 6, 2010
    New York
    based on what you said, and what you say you want to do, i'd get the i5 with the 1GB video card.
  3. tsolt macrumors regular


    Feb 2, 2011
  4. Agizor macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2011
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    The video memory will make little to no difference if the GPU itself is the bottleneck. A good example of this is the old nVidia FX 5200 with 256MB of ram I believe it was. People thought that because it had a ton of ram, it was a fast GPU. In reality, it was terribly slow.

    That being said, large amounts of VRAM are ideal at the massive resolution the 27 inch runs at natively, so it certainly doesn't hurt. The i5 is plenty for today's games though. All depends on what you need

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