Core 2 duo 2.4GHz VS i3 3.06GHz???

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  1. cootersgarage6, Dec 9, 2010
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    I am getting either the MBP or Imac.. the Macbook Pro would have an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz and the Imac would have an Intel i3 3.06Ghz... Is this much of a difference? I want to get the Macbook because it's portable, but other then that they have the same RAM upgrade limits. and everything.
     
  2. Rodus macrumors 6502a

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    What are you going to be using them for software wise? Word Processing, Web browsing and email take little CPU power and would be fine on either, Photoshop and Final Cut would be better on the i3 (or higher). If you need portability then the Macbook is your only choice, if it isn't important then get the iMac as it has more bang for your buck.
     
  3. d88co88 macrumors 6502

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    The i3 is definitely more powerful. It's as simple as this:

    If you want portability, get a MacBook Pro. If you don't care, I would go with an iMac.
     
  4. Cory Bauer macrumors 6502a

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    Bumping this old topic because I can't seem to find an answer either. I'm curious how much faster the entry level i3 iMac is than Apple's 2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo MacBook and mac mini offerings. Does anyone know where a comparison of these two chips (preferably in a Mac) can be found? Thanks.
     
  5. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Wait until Thursday and see if the 13" MBP gets a core I CPU bump.

    Cheers,
     
  6. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    The difference, as measured by running the most intense applications, can be almost 2x. My 2.4 i5 in my 15" 2010 MBP is as much as 50% faster than my previous 13" 2.4 C2D.
     
  7. ngenerator macrumors 68000

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    Google "iMac and MacBook Pro Benchmarks", MacWorld does a pretty good test on all the models.
     

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