Should I get the old 2.8 ghz or the new 2.66 ghz

Discussion in 'iMac' started by panatha, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. panatha macrumors member


    Jan 7, 2009
    Hi I'm just wondering if I should get the 2.8 ghz or the 2.66. Will the 2.66 run faster because it has more ram or will thev2.8 ghz run faster all together.

    Thanks plaese reply
  2. phungy macrumors 68020


    Dec 5, 2006
    I want to say it depends on what type of work you'll be doing. The 2.66 should run faster since it'll utilitze faster RAM (DDR3 vs DDR2).
  3. Fonzijr1964 macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    i would go old 2.8 if u think u can replace it in about 2 years

    2.66Ghz is still 2.66 Ghz and as we saw on page one the new ones are not that much faster
  4. bigdaddyc188 macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2009

    The economy stinks, save your money you wont notice the difference if any with normal day use. Buy ram for $45 from amazon and make if a 4GB machine.
  5. Tesselator macrumors 601


    Jan 9, 2008
    If reality holds true and version history is any gauge then based on what Apple and Intel have actually said:

    Last year's 2.8 will feel faster under your mouse and will be faster at most typical things a normal person does with a personal computer. (Music playback and light composing, mail, light image editing and image viewing, light video editing and video playback, text editing, etc.)

    The new 2.66 will be about 10% or 15% faster overall at rendering and data crunching. (ripping CD to MP3, multi-track sound recording at high data rates, editing and mixing 1080p HD video streams, 3D cad rendering, etc.)

    Which you get depends on which you do more of or how much you're willing to spend on for that 15%. and slower feeling otherwise ;)
  6. eidimon macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2008
    Is the new iMac's 9400M graphics card the same they use in the macbooks?
    And it uses 256 mb ram minimum, but if there's need it takes more of the system's ram?
    I think they have in the macbook section of apple's site some comparisons with the older model running quake 4, unreal tournament, etc, that show it's pretty ok.
    So, i guess, the 2,66 will be ok for most things, won't it?
    I actually don't play any games,but will require video conversion, and for the moment the most demanding program i am running is probably matlab...

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