Which Imac has 8 cores????

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tears2040, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. tears2040 macrumors 6502

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    I am using a 2011 iMac base model that is in my Sig.

    All I am really looking for, for now is a processor upgrade since I do a lot of encoding/compression with HD video files.

    I know my current Mac only has four cores, so I remember reading some imacs or possible Mac Book Pros have 4 cores and 4 virtually or actually 8 for real? If anyone can guide me in the right direction it would greatly be appreciated.

    Also from what I can tell how is the new Mac Mini? It seems like the graphics card Hd 4000 while integrated still allows for video functions. Does the new mac mini use 8 cores?

    Thanks for any help
     
  2. iEdd macrumors 68000

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    None of the iMacs have 8 cores, but the upgraded i7 (top model CPU in 21.5" and 27") support Hyper-threading, which is Intel's technology that allows each core to run 2 threads at once. For some tasks, this will behave similarly to having 8 cores, but it's not the same as a true 8-core processor, as only some hardware parts are physically duplicated.
     
  3. theSeb macrumors 604

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    As per above, there are a couple 2012 models that support hyper-threading.

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  4. XofDyer macrumors member

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    Does the i7 on the mid-level mini have this function? (either the base model 2.3 Ghz i7 or the upgradable 2.6Ghz i7)

    Would this be $100 well spent for video editing?
     
  5. tears2040 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah...

    Also it looks like only the 27" BTo and 21.5" BTO have this function according to that spreadsheet. I have never seen those Imacs on the Refurbished section though?


    Wonder if any of the new mac Minis have the 4 virtual cores as well.
     
  6. JootecFromMars macrumors member

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    All i7's have hyperthreading. Dual core i5's also have hyperthreading.
     
  7. fastlanephil macrumors 6502a

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    It depends on the software and the task. For video work the fastest i7 is a safe bet.
     

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