real world differences i5 vs i7

Discussion in 'iMac' started by treebark7182, May 4, 2011.

  1. treebark7182 macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2011
    It seems like the early tests could be somewhat bloated in favor of the i7 due to hyperthreading. I know its faster but some of the geekbench scores are really huge in comparison. Can anyone clear up what a real world type of difference there is. I'm trying to decide between the top 27" i5 and i7 and I just dont know if I'm over thinking it too much. I want this computer to last me several years. I'm upgrading from a 2007 macbook c2d so I guess whichever I pick is going to be a night and day difference.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Depends on what you use it for. Since you're asking, it probably won't matter at all to you.
  3. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    The real world difference is about 39 seconds when encoding a 5 minute clip in Handbrake.
  4. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
  5. treebark7182 thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2011
    I know its a dumb question thats been asked a million times but I dont know if the diffences are really just in bragging rights or if there will be a clear difference down the road. I'll use it for photo editing, garageband, browsing normal stuff, and gaming.

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