iMac 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 (late '10) vs. 2.7GHz Quad-Core i5

Discussion in 'iMac' started by EspenA, May 4, 2011.

  1. EspenA macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2010
    Oslo, Norway
    Hi guys,

    I haven't been able to find any benchmarks comparing the 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 from late 2010 to the new 2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 — anyone know if it's a worthy upgrade, or mostly insignificant …?
  2. DavieBoy macrumors 6502


    Jan 8, 2009
    New Jersey
    I was wondering the same.

    I know the RAM is much faster but wanted to know about he processors.
  3. ChargedPC macrumors member

    May 3, 2011
    Using Geekbench 64-bit new i5 2.7GHz scores about 8600 while the 2009 i7 2.8GHz scores around a 9700.

    Both are 512MB VRAM, however the i5 has a newer card.

    The 1066MHz RAM vs 1333MHz RAM probably won't make a noticeable difference to the average user.

    In our opinion, if you can snag an i7 from apples refurbished store (we saw them for less than $1400 yesterday), that would be quite a steal.

  4. ChargedPC macrumors member

    May 3, 2011
    Also in response the the OP's title: the Late 2009 model is the i7 @2.8GHz. The Mid 2010 model is a 2.93 GHZ i7.
  5. EspenA thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2010
    Oslo, Norway
    Ooops, yeah, late 2009. My bad.

    So the speed improvements are mostly theoretical for my average use, but in the end I guess we all love the feeling of a brand new iMac … :cool:
  6. RedReplicant macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2010
    The CPUs bench pretty close to the same.
    Late2009 - i7-860 - 5,566
    Mid2010 - i7-870 - 6,101
    Mid2011 - i5-2500 - 6,469 (This CPU is 3.3GHz, the iMac i5-2500S runs at 2.7GHz.)

    There are no benches out for the i5-2500S in the iMac yet, which runs at 2.7GHz so the closest for right now is that i5-2500 at 3.3, when you factor in the downclock they probably bench right around the same.

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