Difference between i5 and i7? *mostly about gaming*

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Beowulf666, May 8, 2010.

  1. Beowulf666 macrumors regular

    Beowulf666

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    I noticed that there were two 15" macbook pro models. One with i5 and 256 MB, while the other one was i7 and 512 MB. What is the difference between the two? Is it just speed? Is one better than the other for playing games? Thanks.
     
  2. Mystikal macrumors 68020

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    The i7 is much better compared to the i5. I have the i7 and its freaking amazing.
     
  3. Beowulf666 thread starter macrumors regular

    Beowulf666

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    But what makes it better? Is it worth the extra $200 or so? (I believe that's what the jump in price is for the models).
     
  4. fr4c macrumors 65816

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    Its the 512MB of VRAM, as some modern games require that under system specs.
     
  5. rmbrown09 macrumors 6502a

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    actually they are more or less the same.

    processor is 5 ~ 10 faster, but you'll only notice that at the high end, multiple, mutli-threaded applications.

    the extra vram will only help you when gaming on an external monitor, on resolutions of 1920x1080 or above.
     

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