Help - Which imac is faster

Discussion in 'iMac' started by dilgit, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. dilgit macrumors regular

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    I have to decide between these two options:
    1. imac 27" i7 2.93Ghz with 8GB memory
    2. imac 21.5" i5 3.6Ghz with 16GB memory

    Which of the two will be a faster machine? Thank you.
     
  2. hhaydenn macrumors regular

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  3. archer75 macrumors 65816

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    What he said
     
  4. dilgit thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks. I understand, but I think that the 27" will be too big in size for me. So the question is
    how fast will the 21.5" be with the i5 processor and 16GB of memory?
     
  5. iLucas macrumors 6502

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    I would be comparing processors more than ram here. Upgrading the ram isn't extremely expensive.
    the 21.5" with the i5 gets 6829 on geekbench, similar to a 2011 macbook pro.
    whereas the 27" gets over 9000.
     
  6. Bomino macrumors member

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    OVER 9000??!!?!?



    sorry.. i had too
    :D
     
  7. brachson macrumors member

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    so what is the question?
    Which will be faster or how fast 21.5'' will be?

    First you need to decide about the size then you can compare i3 to i5 (there is no option for i7 in 21.5'')
     
  8. hhaydenn macrumors regular

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    It all depends on what your doing, tell us what you plan on doing with it then it will be easier to answer, for example. If your editing full 1080p HD movie, go for the 27" i7, the graphics card is better, has twice the HDD space, and 8Gb ram is all you need, 16Gb is kinda too much, it's not like you need 16Gb for most peoples daily use.. Hell.. I'm running a computer atm with 1.5Gb ram, and it's doing me just fine for everything.
     
  9. dilgit thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you all! I'm doing a lot of photo editing, heavy jpg and nef(nikon) files, sometimes up to 30MB each, but no video. Aside from this, office apps like word and the usual internet surfing includes video watching.
     
  10. Diesel-Benz macrumors member

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    You should look for a 700mhz iMac G4, that will be powerful enough for what you describe.
     

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