Old i7 vs new i5

Discussion in 'iMac' started by lhsafaris, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. lhsafaris macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys

    I have a old "core i7 870 2.93Ghz, i run windows only on in as my video editing software (Pinnacle) is only supported by windows. I love my mac and need to get a second one.

    My question is, the new quad core i5 3.4ghz, how would this compare to the one i currently have? is it worth looking at?

    The only programs i run are as follows: to give you an idea what i do with it
    Pinnacle Studio
    Photoshop
    Emails
    Word etc

    Any help would be great

    thanks guys
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    When you say "old i7" what i7 specifically. Intel has used the i7 nomenclature since around 2009 on various chipsets. What model MBP do you currently have and how much storage/ram (which impacts performance)
     
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  4. lhsafaris thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Im not sure where to find that info

    it says 2.93Ghz intel core i7
    serial number QP1020TNGXU
    OS X version 10.8.3
    Build 12D78
    16GB 1333Mhz DDR3

    Is this what you are looking for?
     
  5. balamw Moderator

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    If you open "System Information" you can find the Model Identifier which tells you which version of the hardware this was. In your case I believe it should be an iMac 11,3.

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  8. lhsafaris thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Looking at the link and comparing stats, would it be a safe bet to go for the i5 if you were in my shoes?
     
  9. breiti macrumors newbie

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    If you render/encode videos on a daily basis, the new i7 will obv. get the job faster done than the new i5. but if you can spare the savings in time and want to save the money, you can go with the i5. Other than video encoding (or other heavy cpu based stuff) you won't notice a difference.

    If you want a snappier iMac on a day-to-day base even when not encoding video, you may want to go with an SSD or at least Fusion Drive
     
  10. balamw Moderator

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    The newer boxes also support faster RAM and have faster GPUs so there are other reasons why the machine will be faster overall than just the CPU even without the SSD.

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  11. lhsafaris thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks a bunch guys

    Think im gonna go ahead and get a i5

    Will work it a bit and post my thoughts here.

    Thanks again
     
  12. quagmire macrumors 603

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    Why is the 4771 30% faster than the 4671 despite there being only 100 Mhz difference? Does the benchmarks take into effect hyper threading? Only explanation I can think of.
     
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