Does the new cheaper iMac have hyperthreading?

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  1. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020

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    The processor seems exactly the same as the MBA so does it have hyperthreading?

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    Edit: just found it does have 4 threads. Thats not too bad then.
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    It does. But still, one doesn't simply compare 4 threads (virtual cores) with 4 physical cores :)

    A physical core will always be faster than a virtual core/thread (you-don't-say statement) :D
     
  3. iMacFarlane macrumors 65816

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    It's definitely managing to simultaneously maintain half a dozen threads of hate and vitriol alive in these forums. Sounds pretty hyper to me.
     
  4. MartinAppleGuy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I suppose anyone who is a member of Macrumors is not in the target audience for this Mac. This iMac is for either a family who do basic tasks, someone on a budget, or someone who is happy with the MBA's performance but wants a bigger/better screen.

    I would never buy with model, but I'm sticking up for it because I know what the hardware is capable of.
     
  5. cube Suspended

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    I would be better for it to have 2 threads but not soldered RAM.
     
  6. MartinAppleGuy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Apple didn't just decide to have the RAM soldered, the Haswell laptop CPU has it soldered on for power efficiency. Making RAM upgradable and replaceable would mean they would have to switch to a whole other CPU.
     
  7. mad3inch1na macrumors 6502a

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    Technically Apple did decide to solder the RAM on, considering Intel does not provide the RAM directly. You do bring up an interesting point, because the 1.4 GHz processor may only support up to 8GB of RAM.

    Matt
     
  8. cube Suspended

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    Assuming it is the same CPU, it does support up to 16GiB.
     
  9. mnsportsgeek macrumors 65816

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    a macbook air with a terrible hard drive. So it would actually perform significantly worse than a macbook air.
     
  10. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    It's customizable with a 1TB Fusion Drive or 256GB SSD to bring it on par with the MacBook Air. And knowing the iMac's efficient cooling system, it'd be able to maintain higher clocks for far longer periods of time compared to the MacBook Air.

    The MacBook Air would reach throttling point far quicker than the iMac.
     
  11. mad3inch1na macrumors 6502a

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    In that case, soldering the RAM is stupid :p
     
  12. MartinAppleGuy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    How does it? Both the imac and the MacBook Airs only support upto 8gb.
     
  13. thekev macrumors 604

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    He's referring to the chipset used, not what Apple offers.
     
  14. MartinAppleGuy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I have just never seen a 15 watt Haswell support more than 8Gb (due to it using more energy efficient DDR3 RAM).
     
  15. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    The i5-4260U does support 16GB of RAM, according to ark.intel.com
     
  16. MartinAppleGuy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks. I have just never seen one support more (Apple or not Apple).
     
  17. mnsportsgeek macrumors 65816

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    If you customize it with a fusion drive, you've now added $200 onto the purchase price. Not so budget friendly anymore.

    Regardless of the cooling system, this iMac is not outperforming the entry level macbook air without adding hundreds of dollars in upgrades.
     

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