Is THIS Mac fast?

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  1. crumb963 macrumors member

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    3.2GHz Intel Core i3
    1920-by-1080 resolution resolution 2560-by-1440 resolution
    4GB (two 2GB) Memory
    1TB hard drive
    8x double-layer SuperDrive
    ATI Radeon HD 5670 with 512MB

    It's the model I'm interested in buying, it's within budget but I've heard the processors can go up to 7, which is a hell of a lot faster (thats what i7 means,right?)

    I'd probably be multitasking alot and hopefully be running windows via boot camp, can it handle the strain while working at a good speed?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Terrador macrumors regular

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    i3 i5 and i7 are just names given to the model of processor from Intel and has no bearing on the number you see as its clocked speed.

    I have a feeling this computer will be more than you'll ever need...
     
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    crumb963 thread starter macrumors member

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    Is it kinda blazing fast, or barely surpassing vista-related speeds (AKA sluggish?)

    Will it run games well (both on OSX and vista)?
     
  4. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    it is blazing fast ... however Macs are not gaming machines
     
  5. crumb963 thread starter macrumors member

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    @michael.lauden

    Has a score of 6001, is that good for their scoring system? Never used their site before.
     
  6. Terrador macrumors regular

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    Not to say you can't play games on it...because you can. Mac now has Steam and there are also games available through the Mac App store (like Call of Duty 4). Running games on Windows through bootcamp should work fine.

    Just don't expect to play Crysis at 1080p and 60fps.
     
  7. crumb963 thread starter macrumors member

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    But games like that would still look nice and play without lag on a slightly lower setting?
     
  8. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Define "fast"?

    how do you compare the speed of a processor vs the speed of vista? Thats like comparing how much a watermelon weighs vs the price of a car. It makes no sense, they dont relate.

    It would be the same speed as a Dell Insperion 580 when running windows (well, if you buy a video card for it).

    are you in a hurry to buy? now is not really the time to.

    http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/#iMac
     
  9. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    I have a feeling this computer will be just fine you you.
     
  10. crumb963 thread starter macrumors member

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    I know, I phrased it wrong, I meant to say abut comparing vista and osx and how well an i3 processor would run them both.

    Not in a hurry to buy, I'll just want something like this when the new ones come out I guess.
     
  11. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    yes it will handle both Vista and OSX , but don't , no computer can be that bad that it deserves to run vista , so do yourself and the performance a favor and install XP or Win 7 , if you really need to run windows :(
     
  12. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    I use that same computer occasionally, and it runs very fast. Haven't really gamed much on it, but it's a reasonably powerful machine. However, if you're planning on buying a Mac for gaming, don't. That's just my advice.
     
  13. Stan Mikulenka macrumors 6502

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    Hi michael.lauden,
    I'm not impressed by that iMac score.
    Here is my Mini:
     

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    You're not impressed that it benches over 50% faster than a Mini, graphics and HDD not included?
     
  15. Chris5488 macrumors regular

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    If you want to play games, you better choose the i5. It also has a better graphics card (Radeon 5750).
    i7 is ofcourse better, but only slightly in gaming (and more expensive).
    i3 is a mainstream processor, i5 a mainstream/performance processor and the i7 a performance processor.

    Hear a lot of people yelling here "it's fast!", but what do they call fast??
    If their last processor was a Core 2 duo or lower, yes then it's "fast!".
    In OS X every today's processors are fast, but if you are going to run games, in Windows, well then you should go a bit more higher to compensate the iMac graphics card. The graphics card isn't a high-flyer so a better CPU to help it would be a wise decision. the best decision is to wait! New iMacs are coming with CPU's which will be a lot better then today's iMac CPU's. For the same amount of money, you could buy a faster Mac on which games are not a problem.
     
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    its okey but the i3 is a low end processor from intel if you had the i5 o the i7 then i would call it fast and if your really worried about speed i would get a SSD for the mac
     
  17. Terrador macrumors regular

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    crumb, dude...let me put it this way...

    I'm getting an iMac i3 3.06Ghz soon and I'm a web designer, graphic designer, photographer, and programmer. If that computer is fast enough for me, your computer will certainly be fast enough for you.
     
  18. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    And you should wait for the new ones too. =)
     
  19. iSayuSay macrumors 68030

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    If somehow apple manage to design imac have upgradeable GPU (maybe with special port or sumthin) then every iMac model can be really fast
     
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  22. infidel69 macrumors regular

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    Vista was a good operating system. Blame the hardware manufacturers for installing it on underpowered machines and providing crappy drivers. If anything it was ahead of it's time.
     
  23. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    No it isn't. It's absolutely fine. Besides, if the OP is coming from a Vista environment, it's going to be like going from a walking frame to a sports car.
     
  24. pt0016 macrumors regular

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    I have that computer and it is fast... I dual boot with Win 7 and play games. Runs all the recent games, and they all run well, Black Ops run on high at about 30fps 1080p. GTA IV run on medium at 1080p and runs at about 25fps.

    Very very fast to do everyday work, more than enough, and a nice screen. :eek:
     

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