iMac 2.8Ghz worth it???

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ChancyJohn, Aug 18, 2007.

  1. ChancyJohn macrumors member

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    From a purely gaming perspective does the 2.8GHz 2GB RAM show enough gains over the 2.4GHz 2GB model to justify the extra cost ?

    Gains in ripping speed photoshop are immaterial for me. I dont use such products that often.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Generally not that big a difference in speed, all depends on whether the other stuff is worth it for the money.

    If the CPU came with more cache, or the GPU with more RAM -- it would probably be more worth the upgrade.

    For bragging rights -- definitely.
     
  3. LivelyTiger macrumors newbie

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    Non-gaming perspective also appreciated

    Hi Guys,

    I'm also very interested in feedback on the "Extreme" version of the iMac.

    However, I'm not a gamer, so gaming perfomance is not a criterion for me.

    I'm trying to decide between puchasing the 2.4GHz iMac or the "Extreme" 2.8GHz version.

    If I opt for the slower configuration, I'll probably order the 500GB hard-drive (+$100), and purchase (third-party) RAM, probably the maximum 4GB (around $250 (I think)).

    The main use of the machine will be e-mail/internet, iLife, media center, and running Adobe CS3 Apps.

    Either machine will be a HUGE step-up from my current hardware, so I think I'll be happy whichever way I go.

    Thanks in advance,

    LivelyTiger :)
     
  4. samh004 macrumors 68020

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    From a purely gaming perspective you'll be sad to hear the performance will be less than the previous iteration of iMac that had a better graphics card than is now offered.

    With the exception of the CS3 apps, I can safely say the 2.4GHz machine would do you just fine. I can't say much about CS3 as I do not use it myself. But I've heard it runs fine on MBP's that top out at 2.4GHz.
     
  5. LivelyTiger macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your input!

    I'm now thinking I'll go for the 2.4GHz machine and load it up with maximum RAM; that makes more sense to me.

    Thanks again.

    LivelyTiger :)
     
  6. treehorn macrumors 6502

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    Anybody seeing differences in rendering etc. in doing video work? And how does either the 2.4 or 2.8 compare to the 2.6 Mac Pro in terms of speed/performance in 'real world'
     
  7. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    If you are doing video with Final Cut Studio, they do not compare.

    Having more available cores in a multithreaded applications is a sure win for the Mac Pro.
     

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