Preference

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by dcentity2000, Jan 3, 2012.

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Which would you prefer?

  1. 2.8GHz Dual Core i7

    4 vote(s)
    15.4%
  2. 2.2GHz Quad Core i7

    19 vote(s)
    73.1%
  3. No real preference

    3 vote(s)
    11.5%
  1. dcentity2000 macrumors member

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    #1
    Would you prefer a 2.8GHz Dual Core i7 processor or a 2.2GHz Quad Core i7 processor, assuming that all other specifications are a constant?

    Just curious...



    Rich::
     
  2. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    #2
    With today's software being unoptimized for multiprocessor computing, I think the 2.8GHz dual core would be faster in most cases.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    #3
    I'd go with quad because that gives you more options. For instance, I use VMware and I can dedicate a number of processors to that app, so both my virtualized OS and host OS have decent performance.
     
  4. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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  5. talmy macrumors 601

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    Another VM user so another vote for quad core. You can really feel the load of running a virtual machine if you have only 2 cores. If you use Aperture, Final Cut X, or Handbrake (just 3 I know) you will definitely want the quad core.
     
  6. Melrose Suspended

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    I have the Quad core 2.2 i7 in my MBP. It's very speedy. I recommend it. As things advance, quad core is becoming more common and more software will be better equipped to leverage it.

    There's nothing wrong with dual core, but quad core can just handle certain stuff better, even with the slower processor speed (which is really pretty minimal, at least for 99% of what most people do on their computers). I can process some heavy duty Photoshop stuff pretty quick with mine; in fact, the sill on my machine hardly ever gets more than mildly warm.

    Go for the 2.2 i7, and then spend some money on doubling up your RAM.

    :)
     
  7. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Great suggestion. :)
     
  8. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a

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    Would definitely get the quad core over the dual core to somewhat future-proof yourself for a while.
     
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