Dual vs Quad

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JoshuaMars, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. JoshuaMars, Jul 12, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2011

    JoshuaMars macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2011
    First off, thanks to all that replied to my previous post here "I7 or 8gig"


    As a result, CPU over RAM

    Another question,

    2.7GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM — 2x2GB
    2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB

    Would I really notice the I7 dual-core over the I5 Quad-Core for basic video editing work.

  2. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    Not, at least, with iMovie. Based on my observations it won't even max out both cores of a dual core processor. I expect Final Cut Pro X would use all four of a quad core, so it depends on what software you intend to use.

    You might also want to edit your thread title correcting "duel" to "dual" since nobody wants their cores to duel. Cooperation please!
  3. nochnia macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2011
    Video editing is one of the things where you feel every single core ;)
    Take the quad core and be happy.

    Edit: I was too late ;)
    I guess he's using a software which deserve to be called video editing software...
  4. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    The i5 iMac (2011) has four cores and ONE thread per core, thus you have 4 threads.
    The i7 iMac has four cores and TWO threads per core, thus you have 8 threads (8 virtual cores).

    As I said in that other thread (which is basically the same as this), go with the i7.

    Again, i5 and i7 CPUs in the 2011 iMacs are quad core CPUs, it says so on the iMac product page and the Tech Specs.

    Btw, where do you see a 2.7 i7 CPU? The 21.5" i7 has 2.8GHz, the 27" i7 has 3.4GHz.
  5. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    A Fight to the death or a quad core. If those are my choices, I choose a quad core. A lot less blood shed....
  6. Bonch macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2005

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