Need help and feedback comparing iMacs

Discussion in 'iMac' started by feracuffz61, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. feracuffz61 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2012
    #1
    I am thinking about switching computers with my parents. Going from Old iMac (Mine) to New iMac (Parents) - shown below. I specifically bought my old computer for video editing. I am wondering if someone can tell me if my parents is better equipped (it is obviously newer) and if this is a smart move for me (I have their consent, don't worry).

    I am going to upgrade both to 10.8.2 regardless and I want to buy more memory for both also, so that is not the issue. I just don't know much about Processors Cache or the Graphics. For example why does mine have more L2 Cache but no L3 Cache? Differences like that and if they will impact my editing positively or negatively. If anyone can take a look at these visible differences and give their opinion I'd greatly appreciate it!!!


    New iMac (Parents)
    Model Name: iMac
    Version: 10.6.8
    Model Identifier: iMac11,2
    Processor Name: Intel Core i3
    Processor Speed: 3.06 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache (per core): 256 KB
    L3 Cache: 4 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Processor Interconnect Speed: 5.86 GT/s
    Boot ROM Version: IM112.0057.B00
    SMC Version (system): 1.64f5

    ATI Radeon HD 4670:

    Chipset Model: ATI Radeon HD 4670
    Type: GPU
    Bus: PCIe
    PCIe Lane Width: x16
    VRAM (Total): 256 MB
    Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
    Device ID: 0x9488
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    ROM Revision: 113-B8030H-114
    EFI Driver Version: 01.00.403
    Displays:
    iMac:
    Resolution: 1920 x 1080
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Main Display: Yes
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Built-In: Yes
    Connection Type: DisplayPort
    Display Connector:
    Status: No Display Connected

    Memory Slots:

    ECC: Disabled

    BANK 0/DIMM0:

    Size: Empty
    Type: Empty
    Speed: Empty
    Status: Empty
    Manufacturer: Empty
    Part Number: Empty
    Serial Number: Empty

    BANK 1/DIMM0:

    Size: Empty
    Type: Empty
    Speed: Empty
    Status: Empty
    Manufacturer: Empty
    Part Number: Empty
    Serial Number: Empty

    BANK 0/DIMM1:

    Size: 2 GB
    Type: DDR3
    Speed: 1333 MHz
    Status: OK
    Manufacturer: 0x80CE
    Part Number: 0x4D34373142353637334648302D4348392020

    BANK 1/DIMM1:

    Size: 2 GB
    Type: DDR3
    Speed: 1333 MHz
    Status: OK
    Manufacturer: 0x80CE
    Part Number: 0x4D34373142353637334648302D4348392020





    Old iMac (Mine)
    Model Name: iMac
    Version 10.8.2
    Model Identifier: iMac8,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz
    Number of Processors: 1
    Total Number of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 6 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: IM81.00C1.B00
    SMC Version (system): 1.30f1

    ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro:

    Chipset Model: ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro
    Type: GPU
    Bus: PCIe
    PCIe Lane Width: x16
    VRAM (Total): 256 MB
    Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
    Device ID: 0x9583
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    ROM Revision: 113-B2250L-259
    EFI Driver Version: 01.00.259
    Displays:
    iMac:
    Resolution: 1920 x 1200
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Main Display: Yes
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Built-In: Yes
    Display Connector:
    Status: No Display Connected

    Memory Slots:

    ECC: Disabled

    BANK 0/DIMM0:

    Size: 1 GB
    Type: DDR2 SDRAM
    Speed: 800 MHz
    Status: OK
    Manufacturer: 0xAD00000000000000
    Part Number: 0x48594D503131325336344352362D53362020


    BANK 1/DIMM1:

    Size: 1 GB
    Type: DDR2 SDRAM
    Speed: 800 MHz
    Status: OK
    Manufacturer: 0xAD00000000000000
    Part Number: 0x48594D503131325336344352362D53362020
     
  2. Arman macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2008
    Location:
    SoCal
    #2
    Looking at CPU PassMark benchmarking scores:

    Parents iMac - 2600-2700
    Your iMac - 2000-2100

    So their CPU theoretically has about a 20% jump on yours so a decent improvement. Not sure if that is going to translate to a whole lot of real time performance difference in everyday tasks. You memory and lack of SSD drive are the biggest barriers to improved performance as I see it.
     

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