IMac versus MacBookPro

Discussion in 'iMac' started by RCummings4885, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. RCummings4885 macrumors newbie

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    So I've narrowed my search of new computers down to either a 27 inch Imac with the 2.93 GhZ quad core I7 processor or the 15 inch MacBookPro with 2.66 GhZ Intel core I7. Now aside from one being a laptop and the other having a much bigger screen these computers are basically looking the same to me however I have gotten some people adamantly warning me against getting an IMac and that they've heard and experienced bad things with Imacs and Fincal Cut Pro working in tandem. IS there any truth to this? ANyone here agree or disagree? Seems to me they are the same processors with the same OS and so why should one handle FCP great and the other not but I'm just a stupid filmmaker so what do I know? Is this the older IMacs people are hating? Portability is not of the essence for me so should I go with the slightly better spec'd computer with the bigger monitor and the same price tag or what here? Help PLEASE!

    Ryan
     
  2. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

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    iMacs can run FCP just fine, theres no question about that (My White MacBook can strugglingly run FCP7, so an iMac should run it fine). For rendering and compression reasons Id go with the highest spec you can afford if portability isnt a main concern (I try and have a heavy-lifter (Mac Pro for me) and relatively ok laptop for plane/train/bus editing (MacBook for me right now).
     
  3. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    New iMacs should run FCP great. I can't see any reason why it wouldn't work well with it :confused:
     
  4. Deeya, Jan 18, 2011
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    Deeya macrumors member

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    The two computers have a lot of differences, and I would imagine the MBP would run anything slower.

    edit: If the portability is meaningless to you, it should be a no brainer. You get more computer for the money with an iMac.
     
  5. Rodus macrumors 6502a

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    An iMac can run FCP fine, don't forget also that the i7 in the MBP is a dual core whilst the i7 in the iMac is a quad core and therefore much faster with multithreaded aps.
     
  6. dfusion- macrumors member

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    the i7 in the MPB is a dual core?? i though a i7 is always quad core?:p could you explain that please XD
     
  7. Rodus macrumors 6502a

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    The i5 and i7 chips In Macbook Pros are all mobile dual core CPUs, the i5 and i7 in the iMac are desktop quad core chips, the heat output and power drain of current quads make them less viable (to Apple) in laptops, although this may change with Intels new Sandy Bridge CPUs and the next Macbook Pro refresh.

    From Apples site
    So if you need raw power then get the iMac, although the MBP CPUs do technically support hyper threading, which splits each core into 2 for applications that support it, most do not support this feature.
     

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