Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by xvilo, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. xvilo macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2011
    can some on explain to me what the difrences in preformance are between an imac and macbook pro
  2. mrs1986 macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2011
    An iMac is a desktop computer, so you will have the full power of a desktop but you wont have the mobility of a macbook pro, mainly that is the major diference :D

    And performance aside, wich task you will do in your computer?? that could help to see wich one you need...
  3. w00t951 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    The iMac has faster components. The CPU, not such a big deal. The GPU? There is a huge difference. The Macbook Pro has a 6750M with 1GB of vRAM, while the best you can get for the iMac is a 6970M with 2 GB of dedicated vRAM. However, if you're going to be gaming, the MacBook Pro is a much better choice. The lower resolution will allow you to run more games at native resolution than the iMac's massive 2560x1440 native resolution. It all depends on what configuration you're getting.
  4. xvilo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2011
    great answer just were i was looking for

    it wil be gaming (steam)
    and heavy programs like cinema 4D
    and adobe ****
  5. xvilo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2011
    thats the answer i got in the apple stores in london
  6. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    That is nonsense. You can game well enough on the imac and even set the resolution to half 1280x720. With the high res interpolation isn't such a big problem either, although not really necessary if you have a 6970M.
    Also the mobile 6750 versus a desktop 6970 is a huge difference.
    A mobile 6750 is about as good as a 6570 desktop which can even in fairly low res on run most games with high details but many not at very high and ultra settings. A 6970 desktop is easily 4 times faster and usually runs at 2560x1600 (imac is even lower at 2650x1440) pretty much any game at any setting with playable frame-rates or the same you get with a 6750M on low res with high settings.
    Rasterization is not like ray tracing and higher res doesn't have such a huge impact. Often a game with less details, run at a higher res also looks much better than the other way around.
    People who are mostly used to mobile gaming think the 6750M is really good because it allows you to play many things at decent setting with decent framerates but truly it is still a pathetic GPU compared to a desktop 6970 which is basically capable of running more or less any current game at even the highest resolutions in the highest settings or at least high settings if one prefers 60fps avg over playable fps.

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