i5 1GB GFX or i7 512 GFX ?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by lc25, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. lc25 macrumors 6502

    Jul 31, 2009
    So i have been using macbooks and macbook pros for a long time but i am looking at getting a 27" imac for the desk so i can use my macbook pro for mobile tasks. At the moment macbook pro stays plugged in and i take my macbook everywhere...... Another side task being i wouldn't mind getting back into a bit of gaming CSS and Guildwars (run though crossover) as i have heard good reviews about it working well, i do miss GW..... anyway i have been looking at the refurb store and i am rather tempted but i can't seem to work out what would be a better trade off, only 512 of gfx ram with a i7 or 1Gb with a i5 now obviously for the gaming side the i5 is the better option but i kinda want the i7 can anyone advise what they picked for playing games ?
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    For gaming, get the one with the better GPU. i7 makes no difference in gaming as games cannot take advantage of its extra threads
  3. mad-jamie16 macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2010
    If you want the iMac more for games then I would definitely recommend the i5. The i7 won't be better for games or normal use.
  4. dndlnx macrumors 6502


    Dec 9, 2010
    Sure it has 1GB...but overall performance - 5750 does not exactly crush the 4850, at least on the desktop version. The 4850 will handle counter strike fine @ 1920x1080. I've messed around with portal and l4d on the mac steam a little, it did pretty good.

    I would make the decision based on other stuff, like if you want the i7 hyperthreading, or slightly higher clocked ram of the mid-2010's (1333mhz?) etc
  5. TMRaven macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
    The 5750 in the iMac is mobility 5850, and the 4850 a mobility 4850, so the difference in performance is even more negligible. Still something to get when focused on gaming tho.

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