Refurb. iMac 24" 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo vs. Refurb. iMac 24" 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme

Discussion in 'iMac' started by WndrWmn78, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. WndrWmn78 macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2009
    Okay, I thought I had my mind made up on the 2.8 refurb...and then today this Core 2 Extreme popped up in the Refurb Store...

    Same specs, except for the "Extreme" card and a 500gb hard drive, vs. the 320gb hard drive.

    The regular Core 2 Duo is $1199; the Extreme is $1299.

    What do you think? Can you tell me what the difference in the processors is?

    Thanks! :)
  2. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

    Mike in Kansas

    Sep 2, 2008
    Metro Kansas City
    That machine is actually from 2007. It has the slower front side bus (800 MHz versus 1067MHz for both the 2008 and 2009 iMacs) and also has slower DDR2 memory (667MHz versus 800MHz for the mosr recent 24"/2.8 refurb). It's an older processor and has slower architecture; it really isn't better than the 24"/2.8 early 2008 models.
  3. WndrWmn78 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2009
    Reading further, does the Extreme processor make it a 2007 model?
  4. WndrWmn78 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2009
  5. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2007
    I have that model, yes it is from 2007.

    The 'Extreme' part just means that it has been overclocked from the standard at the time.

    Apart from running a little hot, 'real world' performance is not that different from the most recent 2.8GHz model, or even the top of the range one. Yes they have better graphics, but only really in the gaming world, (which I don't give two hoots for).

    However for your purchase, get the later model - extra HDD space in the 'Extreme' should not be an issue (think external FW800 to make up any difference later as required).:cool:

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