Core 2 Duo vs Core 2 Extreme

Discussion in 'iMac' started by uzit, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. uzit macrumors regular

    May 15, 2008
    Hey guys, I am looking to get a refurb iMac but I dont know which one to get!

    Core 2 Extreme
    2GB memory
    500GB hard drive
    ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB of GDDR3 memory
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)



    Core 2 Duo
    2GB memory
    320GB hard drive
    8x Superdrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Radeon HD 2600 with 256MB of GDDR3 Memory


    Whats the difference between the processor?
  2. pwn247 macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2008
    West Virginia, USA
    The processors weren't listed in the two you posted. :p

    But, of course, the Intel Core 2 Extreme will be more powerful. The "Extreme" series processors are typically popular among high-performance gaming machines.
  3. uzit thread starter macrumors regular

    May 15, 2008
    My bad, both are 2.8GHz. Thanks for the input!

    I will be play WoW and other Blizzard games, I might dual-boot to play Warhammer Online. Anyone have review of the machine?
  4. sangosimo Guest


    Sep 11, 2008
    the only reason I would get an extreme processor is if you overclock because those have an unlocked multiplier. If you are not trying to break world records and work on your ln2 pouring technique I wouldn't waste the money.

    extremes are the same as the normal chips but with unlocked multipliers, so an extreme chip will not be more powerful if it is at the same clock and from the same chipset.
  5. m1stake macrumors 68000

    Jan 17, 2008
    Extreme chips are a waste of money regardless of your budget. Stick with the 2.8Ghz.
  6. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    I just thought they called it a 2.8 GHz Extreme because it was the fastest chip of the series at the time.
  7. kenned macrumors member

    May 16, 2008
    Also, the extreme chips has a higher TDP, so it'll draw more power and create more heat.

    But who cares in a desktop anyways :)
  8. uzit thread starter macrumors regular

    May 15, 2008
    The Extreme is actually cheaper with a bigger HDD. I think I'll stick with the normal one then!
  9. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    No, it just denotes the unlocked multi. But after awhile Intel figured out most people aren't going to pay another $400 for the unlocked multi over the normal version of the same chip, so they quit selling normal versions of the top 1 or 2 speed bins for their best chip line in a market segment (or delayed their release for months after the extreme version, such as with the Q9650 vs QX9650).
  10. singhy44 macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2008
    Manchester, UK
    the extreme one is cheaper, and has a bigger hard drive, so that would be the obvious choice. the core 2 extreme is a better deal, that is the one you should get, the bigger hard drive will be helpful for your dual-boot.
  11. proper macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2008
    To be honest, I don't think you should get the extreme one. There is simply no difference between the CPUs.

    But a big difference of the whole structure.
    The extreme one is the old model with 667 DDR2 memory...

    The £969 model is the latest one. Just £20 difference, you do the math;)

  12. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    Cool... I didn't know that. I just figured that because the top speed has always been the "extreme" version.

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