Is there a big difference between the new 27" Quad i5 and the i7?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by astigtigas, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. astigtigas macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2010
    Ok I'm really torn between the two new 27" iMac Quad models.
    Is there a big gap based on performance between the two models?
    I only have a budget of $2000 for a new Mac. Is it worth it to shell out some more cash to get the i7? I'm going to use the Mac extensively for Photo editing, music recording and a little bit of gaming like starcraft 2. Plus does the Hyper threading on the i7 makes a big difference on performance?
    Thanks in advance.

    2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 processor with 8MB level 3 cache; supports Turbo Boost

    2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor with 8MB level 3 cache; supports Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost
  2. bprice macrumors member

    May 28, 2007
    LA, Ca.
    a 2009 i7, 2.8 is $1850 for a refurb.You won't pay that for a 2010, 2.9


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