Dual Core i5 vs Quad Core i5 ??

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by vigu360, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. vigu360 macrumors member


    Oct 21, 2009
    What is the diff between them? the number of cores? so the Mini i5 or i7 speeds can't compare to the iMacs?
  2. Karr271 macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2011
    the difference is that the dual core has 2 cores, but 4 virtual. the quad core has 4 cores, 8 virtual. the i7 usually has a higher turboboost that the i5. The base mac mini has the same internals as the 2011 13"macbook pro base model meaning it'll have a geekbench score of about 6,000. which is great but compared to the quad core i5 in the imacs and the quad core i7's in the mac mini server and 15"/17" macbook pros which easily score 9000+ in geekbench.
  3. bniu macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2010
    Easy, quad core i5 only comes in desktop version and has no hyperthreading. All other i5s have hyperthreading.

    The only quad core mobile chips are i7s.

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