iMac, 2.0/2.4ghz any difference

Discussion in 'iMac' started by SilentLoner, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. SilentLoner macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    Is there any major difference in performance in the two different iMac's?
  2. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
  3. Eric Lewis macrumors 68020

    Eric Lewis

    Feb 4, 2007
    CANADA? eh?
    a 2.0ghz is faster with 2gb then a 2.4ghz with 1gb
  4. ShadowPuppet macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2007
    The 2.0 GHZ has a 2400 XT graphics card, and the 2.4 GHZ has an underclocked 2600 XT (I believe, what's important is that the 2600 > the 2400). Unless you're into games, there is no difference really there.
  5. bluedoggiant macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2007
    MD & ATL,GA
    Quite Major, the difference between the 2.4 and 2.8 is even more, since the 2.8ghz is a core 2 extreme dual core (mobile, as the 2 duos). I would recommend 2.4 to anybody, or a 2.8 for people who do some professional things. the 2ghz, correct me if im wrong, IMO, Has to be out of desktops. Thats a laptop thing now, I don't think desktops should be equipped with that, its getting really outdated, but max it out with 4gb, you should be OKAY, but i still recommend 2.5 any time.
  6. ryannel2003 macrumors 68000


    Jan 30, 2005
    Greenville, NC
    I have a 17" 2GHz Core 2 Duo and have used a 2.4GHz and the difference was not major at all. If you were a hardcore Photoshop user or moderate movie editor, the difference will be there. However, if you do light Photoshop or even light video work I doubt the difference will be noticeable. It really all depends on RAM. I have 3GB in my iMac, and the 2.4GHz had 2GB so that's where the difference was at. Still, I don't think the 400MHz difference is worth $300 for basic apps. When you get into the hardcore movie editing or Photoshop, that's where the difference lies.
  7. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    Marketing speak! The 2.8 'Extreme' is the same chip as the 2.4 and 2.0, except the multipliers are unlocked for overclocking purposes, should you want to or could figure out how to do it on a Mac.
  8. djc6 macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    If you do a search for 'imac' on you'll come up with a couple of comparisons between the 2.0/2.4/2.8 Ghz iMacs. Now, the benchmarks are of things like 3D games, Adobe and 'Professional' applications - and you'll see there is a big difference. However, I don't think there would be a difference if all you are doing is email/web/word processing sort of stuff.

    I don't play any games, nor do I use Photoshop or Pro apps, so these benchmarks don't mean a whole lot to me :)

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