iMac Refurb question

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by IshDisturber, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. IshDisturber macrumors newbie

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    Hello All,

    This is on the Apple Canada refurb store site:

    http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APP.../RSLID?sf=wYTKD9KU7DD7KYK7A&nclm=CertifiedMac

    What's the better deal? The 2nd one with Wxtreme chip and larger HD seems to be better. I'm confused as to why they are the same prices. Is the Extreme chip better than the Duo chip?


    Refurbished iMac 24-inch 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    24-inch glossy widescreen display
    2GB memory
    320GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory
    Built-in iSight Camera
    Price: $1,649.00


    Refurbished iMac 24-inch 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme
    24-inch glossy widescreen display
    2GB memory
    500GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory
    Built-in iSight Camera
    Price: $1,649.00
     
  2. fluidedge macrumors 65816

    fluidedge

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    is this a serious question?

    Good spot - go for the better spec
     
  3. Squonk macrumors 65816

    Squonk

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    The model with the Core 2 Extreme is the previous model and the other one is the current model. I'm not sure off the top of my head if there was any difference in the motherboard or memory specs between these models. Might the new one have a faster FSB?

    EDIT: Ah Yes, here we go:

    If it were me, I'd go with the non-Extreme model due to the faster motherboard and RAM.
     
  4. Vulcan macrumors 65816

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  5. theBB macrumors 68020

    theBB

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    In one of the Macworld reviews, there are benchmark results comparing one to the other. I think the results were very similar, but the current model, the non-extreme one, was slightly faster. If you find that article and see the speed results are indeed similar, the bigger harddisk seems like a better deal.
     
  6. Squonk macrumors 65816

    Squonk

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    I took a look at the performance tests at the Primate Labs Blog and here is how they stack up:

    The "newer" one is approx 2% faster - aka not a whole lot! :p I guess they are a toss-up and then the hard drive would be the way to go. I didn't dig into the rest of the bundled accessories to see if there were any differences...
     
  7. shdowman macrumors member

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