Yes. However, you can call them and ask to order one for you so you can then pick it up locally.Is it true the I5 is only available via the online store? Id love to be able to pick it up locally.
How do you come up with these numbers? Where are you getting your data from?About 12.5% in multithreaded performance and ~20.6% in single-threaded performance.
Just simple maths. 3.6GHz divided by 3.2GHz equals 12.5% with my maths. 3.86GHz divided by 3.2GHz equals 20.6%. They are based on same architecture etc so that should be fairly accurate. 680 is 266MHz faster than 660 so there comes the few percent differenceHow do you come up with these numbers? Where are you getting your data from?
According to these benchmarks. The i5 660 is less than %10 percent faster in almost every bench mark. And it runs at 3.33Ghz. The i5 680 runs at 3.6.
I would have ordered one already but this is really giving me pause. According to the benchmarks the 200.00 doesn't seem its worth it. But I hoping it is. We will have to wait and see the benchmarks for the imac as a whole.
I will be ordering one either way tomorrow. Maybe use the extra 200.00 on Ram if the benchmarks are this close.
I hope you're right hellhammer. I thought the same thing too until I saw these benchmarks. I know it's not the i5 680 but the i5 660 but according to these the i5 660 is less than %10 percent faster in every benchmark. It looks like the i5 680 would be roughly %10 faster judging by the i3 550 vs i5 660 benchmarks in the tests since the i5 660 is about %7 faster overall judging by the benchmarks. If that holds up that is not allot at all. Is it worth 200.00 for a %10 increase in speed?Just simple maths. 3.6GHz divided by 3.2GHz equals 12.5% with my maths. 3.86GHz divided by 3.2GHz equals 20.6%. They are based on same architecture etc so that should be fairly accurate.
That's just theoretical difference though, we have to wait till real world benches to see the real difference but theoretically, i5 should be 12.5% faster in e.g. HandBrake
Haha...that's right! I was thinking the same thing. I thought well, definitely get the cheaper 27", but get the 1GB GDDR5 VRAM for only $150 more...well, maybe might as well get the better CPU, too. It's only a couple of hundred...and with that, I'd be at what the more expensive one costs anyway, which has yet more enticing options (---> quad i7...well, it's only a couple of hundred...) lol...Apple makes it so easy to spend your money. Just for a little more you can get this, and for a little more you can get that!
Damn you Apple!