real world differences i5 vs i7

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

  1. treebark7182 macrumors member

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    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

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    Depends on what you use it for. Since you're asking, it probably won't matter at all to you.
     
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    The real world difference is about 39 seconds when encoding a 5 minute clip in Handbrake.
     
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  5. treebark7182 thread starter macrumors member

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    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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