Which one is better, an 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, or an 2.8 GHz Intel Quad Core?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by DavidChavez, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. DavidChavez macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2009
    Guanajuato City, Mexico
    Hi, first, I didn’t know if this thread should be here or in Buying Tips, but anyway.
    My doubt is about the brand new 27” iMac’s processor, If I should buy a more GHz one, but with only two cores, or should I buy little bit less GHz one, but with four cores.

    It really worth pay $200 more? It really worth the four cores? My main needs are run CS4, some Final Cut, maybe Logic Studio, and switch between different OS's (OS X, Windows, and Linux). I think even a 21.5” model would be more than enough, but I just wonder If Quad Core gonna give me more power (I hope so).
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Do you want Late 2007 processor performance or Late 2009?
  3. quagmire macrumors 603


    Apr 19, 2004
    Even if those apps only use two cores( not sure if they are optimized yet for 4 cores), the i5 will run at 3.2 Ghz when running as a dual core. Even though the clock speed is slower when running as a quad core, it will still be faster then the C2D. Go for the i5( i7 if you can afford the extra money as it will run at 3.46 Ghz when running as a dual core and has hyperthreading).
  4. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
  5. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    Given what you've listed, you'd be better off with the '09 Quad iMac.

    And it offers more than just an extra pair of cores. Think in terms of memory bandwidth, and the graphics as well. You're getting a faster set of subsystems.
  6. djcorrosive macrumors regular

    Feb 22, 2009
    Brisbane, Australia
    Yup go the i7!! Just cause it says 3.06ghz doesn't make is faster or better!
    Iseries CPUs are a lot more powerul newer technolgy and wel pack more punch! Down the track u can get a extra 4gb ram for very cheap and increase the proformance and longetivity of your machine!

    All in all you want to future proof it :)

    So go the i7 u won't regret it!!
  7. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again

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