My decision-3.20 Ghz i3 or 2.80 Ghz i7 ? ?

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  1. MacLeg macrumors newbie

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    My most intensive intended use is Photoshop; would there be any compelling reason to go with the 2.8 i7 model as opposed to the 3.20 Ghz? Thanks for any suggestions.
     
  2. aliensporebomb macrumors 68000

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    Imo

    IMO the i7 is a more powerful chip:
    -turbo boost
    -hyperthreading (faux 8-core)

    But, I haven't heard anything about the i3 vis-a-vis photoshop.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    If you have the $ for i7, go ahead. I would even look at refurbs to save some $ and get technically as fast as new.

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  4. dexthageek macrumors 6502

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    The current 27'' i3 (2010) is the same price as the 2.8 i7 (2009) @ $1699US

    It is a no brainer go for the refurb i7.
     
  5. raysfan81 macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely go for the i7. Hands down its much better.
     
  6. MacLeg thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! !

    Thanks for all your replies; and the HellHammer for the speed chart. My i7 (refurb) arrives tomorrow. To chew up Photoshop files with an easy laugh.:)
     
  7. jrko macrumors regular

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    great choice. Its stupid quick compared to my C2D 2.4 MBP

    I scored 9989 on geekbench 2.1 which is higher than the 8237 posted on their list and faster than a 2008 2.8 8 core :eek:

    I know real life is different to benchmarks but none the less for £1399 :D:D:D
     

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