Previous generation 3.06 or new 2.93?

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  1. patricem macrumors 6502

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    I see Apple has added a lower price refurb 3.06 previous generation (I've been waiting ) price $1599. Total with tax $1710.00 New 2.93 at Powermax no tax total $1788.00. What would you advise? What to do? New or old? If the 3.06 was a bit cheaper I would definitely go for that as I think it is better machine, but for so close a price is it better get new? Thanks! (Also 3.06 not being offered as a clearance, only refurb...wonder why?)
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Raw CPU power or a slightly better GPU in the new model. Pick one. :D
     
  3. eelpout macrumors regular

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    actually, if he is talking about the 2.93 with the GT 120 (this one), the 8800 GS should be faster and is 512MB vs. 256MB. The GT 130 in the new 3.06 is more equivalent to the 8800.
     
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    If gaming is not an interest, how much of a difference would a faster GPU make for tasks like video editing, photo editing etc? Could the same functionality for these tasks be attained with the 9400 integrated gpu?
     
  5. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

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    The 3.06 seems like a rather good deal at $1599 with the 8800GS.
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    True the 8800M GTS is going to be faster than whatever the heck the GT120 is. The GT130 is more than likely some 9800MGS/9600GT variant and is a hair faster.
     
  7. eelpout macrumors regular

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    not a lot. you'll get some boost in apps like Aperture, CS4 etc. that have GPU support (don't know about video). in fact, if you don't game, it might be better just to get the 2.8 GHz/320GB/2600 Pro refurb for $500 less. that's the best deal going.

    But what has some quivering in their boots is Snow Leopard (v10.6) and how any of these GPU's will behave on it. Some think the 8800 GS will be more future-proof.
     
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  10. patricem thread starter macrumors 6502

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    wow. I'm shocked. the difference in speed 2:16 (3.06/8800 GS) vs 1:35 (3.06/GT 130) for the CS4 test is much greater than I expected. There's something wonky there, because the 2.66/9400M is also faster than the 3.06/8800GS by 30 seconds.
     
  12. patricem thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh really? So the old 3.06 is faster than the new 3.06 but the new 2.66 is a tad faster still? Wow. I wish they would lower the old 3.06 a couple hundred more or I could get no tax. Seems weird to buy old at so similar a price to the new. I wonder if the new 2.66 would suffice for me. Better price range for me. I'm not a gamer but do a lot of photo editing for my job, and I keep my computers long time generally don't upgrade very often. ARRGGGG What to do :rolleyes::confused:
     
  13. minik macrumors 65816

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    no. iMac 3.06Ghz (GT130, 512mb, 4GB RAM) > iMac 2.66Ghz (9400M, 256mb) > iMac 3.06Ghz (8800 GS, 512mb, 2GB RAM) under Photoshop CS4.

    BTW, the chart results were tested under Windows Vista.
     
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    Ummmm.....ok.
     
  15. eelpout macrumors regular

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    just meant that the 8800 will likely be faster than the 2600 Pro. But of course we don't know that. :)

    Too bad PCMag didn't test the 2.93/GT 120 iMac too.

    here are links to two charts directly. the second one has the ATI 2600 Pro on it, but unfortunately some of tests are out of date.

    http://www.pcmag.com/image_popup/0,1871,iid=230028,00.asp
    http://www.pcmag.com/image_popup/0,1871,iid=206561,00.asp
     
  16. papucla07 macrumors newbie

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    It is faster only in CS4 because of the extra 2GB it has over the 3.06/8800GS if you put the extra 2GB to the 3.05/8800GS it will much faster than the 2.66, closer to the new 3.06/GT 130. Remember the new 2.66 has 4GB the old 3.06 has 2GB standard but you can upgrade to 4GB for just about 50$.
     
  17. jmpage2 macrumors 68030

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    You guys are talking speed differences but you're also talking about Refurb vs. New.

    Refurb = roll of the dice

    In my experience.
     
  18. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    A dice roll for BTO hardware on a refurb? Alright! :D
     
  19. patricem thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What do you mean?:confused:
     
  20. patricem thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I know...new is always nice, even tho so many people have had good luck with Apple refurbs. It's been ages since I bought new, I always get used. Not quite ready to pull the trigger tho on $1700 +, so what to do. Get new 'old' 2.8 maybe or get new 2.66 with it's lousy graphics or just wait a bit longer...it's killing me tho I'm so ready for upgrade!!!
     
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    Go the 3.06. Great machine. I got a great price.
     
  24. patricem thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Where did you actually buy yours? Was it from Apple? I saw your other post I know you paid in pounds , right? I went ahead and ordered the refurb 2.8, but if I'm not happy with it i will return and spring extra for the 3.06. So many people are so happy with their 2.8 I figured i would try and use extra money for other stuff I need like new desk and chair! So you love the 3.06? Works great? was it actually a refurb or was it new, can you tell?
     

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