iMac i5 3.6 duo vs i7 2.93 quad?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by THX1139, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. THX1139 macrumors 68000

    THX1139

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    Hi,

    I am a Graphic Designer looking for a new machine. I'm getting ready to buy one of the new iMac's. Upgrading from an 07' Macbook Pro. For the most part I am largely a print designer but have aspirations to exploring other options such as video and 3D.

    Current softwares used are: Adobe Creative Suite 4/5. Final Cut Pro. And starting to play with Cinema 4D and After Effects.

    The question I am posing is whether I should get the i5 3.6 duo or the i7 2.93 quad? What would be better in the long run for my investment? Would I be better off going with 4 cores for heavy processing, or 2 cores running at a bit faster clock speed?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Get the quad core, it's faster in long run and CS4/5 can already take advantage of the extra cores
     
  3. THX1139 thread starter macrumors 68000

    THX1139

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    Thanks for the advice! Have you heard how the heat is with the quad iMac? I read (somewhere) that the fans kick on a lot and the machine is pretty noisy trying to compensate for the heat the quad processor gives off.
     
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    I haven't heard anything like that. When the CPU is under 100% load, then the fans should kick on but generally, it's dead silent
     

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