Should I have got the i7

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  1. A Macbook Pro macrumors 6502

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    I'm thinking, I ordered online the maxed out iMac 27'' (except for RAM I'll upgrade from somewhere else) but decided against the 3.4ghz quad-core i7 and opted with the 3.1ghz quad-core i5. Should I have gone the i7? I'm going to be doing heavy gaming on games such as Battlefield 3, FIFA 11, NFS: Hot Pursuit and Assassins Creed games. Should I have upgraded. Will the better CPU give me increased framerate?
     
  2. Malcolm. macrumors member

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    The difference in framerates is going to be very negligible. If you want high FPS in games, focus on the graphics. A faster GPU will make more of a difference, trust me.

    Also, running your games at 2560x1440 on that weak mobile iMac GPU will lower your FPS further, so I'd recommend no higher than 1920x1080.
     
  3. A Macbook Pro thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Maybe in a year or two, but from what I've heard iMac handles 2560x1440 quite well, especially with 2GB VRAM.
     
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    I always love to hear BS like this from Windows hobbyists, even when all evidence points to the opposite direction.

    Just a fact: TODAY, the iMac's top GPU (6970M) is the world's best mobile GPU (along with the NVIDIA GTX 485M). In other words, Apple went for the maximum possible in terms of mobile GPUs, especially considering that they will never include desktop GPU furnaces with those thin enclosures.

    Obviously, playing at slightly lower resolutions helps if you want to play at ultra settings (not a big deal for full-screen games anyway) - but even at the iMac's native resolution, the 6970M with 2Gb should allow for very good performance all around.

    In this regard, the i7 has little influence performance-wise...the Turbo Boost/HT feature is useful for heavy encoding tasks and the like, not gaming. Check this to have an idea: http://www.barefeats.com/imac11b.html
     
  6. A Macbook Pro thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you! The link has put my mind at ease :)
     
  7. Lord Appleseed macrumors 6502a

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    There are several thread in this section of the forum that talk about Gamin and the new iMacs. I myself wrote a lot about what you can expect from the current iMacs compared to the old ones.
    Also to answer your Question: i5 is enough for gaming.

     
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    I always love to hear BS like this from Apple fanboys, even when all evidence points in the opposite direction.

    For a few months at least, until the next new GPU comes out and your obsolete mobile GPU is imprisoned for eternity in the cramped, non-upgradable chassis that is the iMac.

    Desktop GPUs aren't furnaces when used inside a proper tower with adequate ventilation (i.e. not the iMac). My desktop has the MSI GTX 560 Twin Frozr card, a non-reference design that has two large but very very quiet fans + an all-copper heatsink. Even with an overclock applied, it reaches only 41 °C under load and idles around 26 °C.

    I'm sure you mean, "Apple will never include desktop GPUs in the iMac due to its prohibitively narrow design and poor ventilation."
     
  9. Lord Appleseed macrumors 6502a

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    Since it's in the top 3 Mobility GPUs it wont be bad all of the sudden when a new Mobile GPU comes out.

    Fact is that it will provide very good gaming experience for a longer time...no one says that it wont be outdated some day or that Desktop GPUs aren't far superior.

    But in the iMac they would be, as you already know.
     
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    I never said it would be suddenly bad, I just said obsolete. In BRLawyer's own words, the current top GPU in the iMac is "TEH WORLD'S BEST MOBILE GPU!!11!!!!!", which will only be true for a very limited amount of time.

    Everyone except BRLawyer, that is.

    Which is part of what makes the iMac a very poor choice for gaming. I don't understand why Mac users don't just buy a MacBook Pro for OS X and a PC desktop for use as a dedicated gaming box.
     
  11. Lord Appleseed macrumors 6502a

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    Because: A MB pro is 1.5 to 2.5K, a Gaming PC is 1.5K so it would be like: 3K minimum. On the other hand: the iMac for about 2K and fairly good gaming performance.
     
  12. TheUndertow, May 9, 2011
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    And a lot of us have 360's and Wii's collecting dust (PS3 on dishonorable mention) and want a Mac based hardware avenue and still tap into our PC games.

    Being able to game AND use Logic on a 27" super high def screen...priceless (or rather $2k-$3k depending on how you wanna go).

    I probably will also get a MBP if the next is a significant departure from the Aluminum.
     
  13. Malcolm. macrumors member

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    Nah bro, a decent gaming PC can be had for as little as $800 (if you order the parts from NewEgg and build it yourself, that is. Prebuilt gaming PCs are too expensive for what you get, believe it or not.) You don't need ridiculous specs like three-way SLI and an i7-990X to max out games.

    Also, I configured the 27" iMac the way I assume OP ordered his (everything maxed out except the RAM and CPU) and the total came to US$3,049 before tax. My ideal setup would be a 13" MBP + Cinema Display + custom built desktop for gaming, which would total about the same.

    See above...getting a lower-end MBP + Cinema Display (same res as the iMac's) would be far more practical in my opinion.
     

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