Pretty Disappointed....

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mackage, May 4, 2011.

  1. mackage macrumors 6502

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    ...I am pretty much disappointed after waiting months for a refresh that was suppose to be a substantial upgrade over last years iMacs. I think alot of us had unwarranted expectations due to the HUGE increase in the MBP performance.

    Here is where I am coming from. I am an accountant so spending money were a return isn't realized is against what I believe in. Therefore, I planned to buy the base 27" version. So many times before this refresh I was tempted to buy the base 3.6ghz dual core that was available. I am still a fan of a high clock speed because it makes a difference in daily single and dual core tasks. However, I waited mainly due to most on this forum stating I would regret it and the upgraded processors were going to be substantially better.

    Let's compare the benchmarks:

    32 bit

    3.6ghz dual core (last year) - 7,000 average

    2.7 quad core (sandy bridge) - 7950


    64 bit


    3.6ghz dual core (last year) - 7,745

    2.7 quad core (sandy bridge) - 8625


    Is this really a substantial jump? You take away clock speed (even though you do have turbo boost to 3.7) and add two cores and you get less than a 1,000 point increase.
     
  2. Diesel-Benz macrumors member

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    You are wrong.

    You actually have MORE clock speed.
     
  3. DeaconGraves macrumors 65816

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    A) You shouldn't base everything on the benchmarks.

    B) Look at it this way. The base 27" is still the same cost as it was last week. But now you have a performance increase. I can understand being a little down that the performance wasn't as high as you expected, but unless you lost money by waiting, it's still a win.
     
  4. drew.bowser, May 4, 2011
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    drew.bowser macrumors regular

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    The base 27" last week was a 3.2 ghz i3... You sure your details are right?

    the base i3 was 5900+ 32 bit and 6650+ 64 bit (geekbench scores)

    5950 to 7950 32 bit
    6650 to 8625 64 bit

    for the same price seems like a nice upgrade to me.

    NOW there was an upgrade from the 3.2 i3 to a 3.6 i5 dual...if I remember correctly.
     
  5. Vylen macrumors 65816

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    In addition to "only" a 1000 point increase in a synthetic benchmark that isn't indicative of any real world usage that an accountant would encounter, you get a processor that generates less heat plus other things.

    In other words, it's a good upgrade that you don't need to feel disappointed with.
     
  6. mackage thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I stand corrected, drew. You are correct.
     

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