Is there a BIG diff between iMAc 2.8 and 3.06 GHz?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by zarley, May 26, 2008.

  1. zarley macrumors member

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    Any tests done on this exactly? I mean, I am thinking of going to 3.06 but is it worth it?? Any insight is greatly appreciated!
     
  2. gehrbox macrumors 65816

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    Comparisons for usage with Games, Apple pro-apps and normal desktop usage

    http://barefeats.com/imp01.html

    http://barefeats.com/imp02.html

    http://barefeats.com/imp03.html

    The 8800 equipped iMac outperforms the 2600 in most games and other apps that utilize OpenGL. On apps that used Apple Core Graphics the 2600 outperformed the 8800 equipped models.

    If Apple improves the 8800 card drivers this may change, but as it stands now based on the benchmarks above and some user reports the 2600 is a better all around card unless you depend heavily on OpenGL or 3d Games.

    Folks with Mac Pros have been experiencing the same differences between the cards.
     
  3. Dartholomew macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone,

    First post here. I've just ordered an iMac 2.8 as well, with specs matching the 3.06 (8800gs, 500gb). Just wanted to make sure I'm not missing anything significant by eschewing the extra ~260Mhz for ~$150. IIRC, the only difference in the processors is the multiplier setting, and benchmarks of the two systems with the same video card/hardware show just fractional difference.

    For those more knowledgeable, does this sum it up? I just want to make sure there's nothing concrete (stuttering on HD video, etc.) that I'm giving up with the 2.8 that wouldn't be a problem with the 3.06.
     
  4. G-Force macrumors 6502a

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    The 2.8 will not be noticably slower than the 3.06 GHz model, so enjoy your 2.8. :D
     

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