I want to buy my first iMac. I have a few questions though.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by finnwegian, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. finnwegian macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2010
    1. How much better is the i3 processor vs the core2duo?
    2. If I'm gonna shell out 1700, why not spend an extra 300 and get twice the power? Right?
    3. The only difference between the old and new 1699 models is a graphics card, is that right?

    I mainly use the comp for web surfing. I'm starting to upload and keep my pictures but don't do any editing. I played computer games about 4 years ago, I might play the new star craft.

    Thanks for your help.
  2. Zacken87 macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2010
    1. Pretty marginal. There's an improvement, but doing what you're doing it's doubtful that you'll really notice.
    2. I would recommend upgrading the graphics card, simply on principle, if you intend to add anything. That being said, neither upgrade seems really necessary for what you're doing. StarCraft II will run perfectly fine on the base model.
    3. Aside from the updated processor, the minimum RAM speed has also been upped from 1066MHz to 1333MHz.
  3. finnwegian thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2010
    One more question. To figure out and compare processor speeds the i3 at 3.2 x 2= 6.4 vs. The quad core i5 at 2.8 x 4 = 11.2. so we have 6.4 vs 11.2 to me this would mean the computer would be twice as fast. Is this a true comparison?
  4. glitch44 macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2006
    No. It doesn't work that way.
  5. finnwegian thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2010
    Could someone explain to me how this does work? Or somehow compare the i3 and i5 quad core? Computer tech is Greek to me.
  6. dagomike macrumors 65816

    Jun 22, 2007
    Just wait a week or two. There will be benchmarks that will help with your performance comparison. It is confusing with the different architectures. Just basically look at benchmarks comparing what you want to do most.
  7. LeroyTheGreat38 macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2009
    I'm glad I'm not the only one with these questions. Reading these threads is so confusing to me. All I know is I want a 27" Mac and I want it to be super fast.

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