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Discussion in 'iMac' started by SilentLoner, Jan 25, 2008.
Is there any major difference in performance in the two different iMac's?
the 2.4 is faster, but not by _that_ much.
a 2.0ghz is faster with 2gb then a 2.4ghz with 1gb
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.
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 Thats a laptop thing now, I don't think desktops should be equipped with that, its getting really outdated, but max it out with 4gb, you should be OKAY, but i still recommend 2.5 any time.
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.
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.
If you do a search for 'imac' on http://www.barefeats.com/ 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