Which one is more powerful?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Drask, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. Drask macrumors regular

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    Hey there,

    I can get a retina macbook pro (entry level) with 8gb of ram. I currently have a 2011 entry 27" iMac. Far as I know, the Iris Pro 5200 is better than the 512MB 6770M, but not sure in the procesor since the retina is a dual core.

    Totally talking in techinical details, which one performs better, the new retina 13" entry with 8gb ram or the 2011 27" iMac)
     
  2. elithrar macrumors 6502

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    The entry level iMac is quad core, and a desktop CPU. It's likely going to be faster on CPU-bound tasks, but those are few and far between for most users.

    (you are unlikely to notice the difference: it will be the presence/lack of an SSD that makes things noticeable)
     
  3. roland.g macrumors 603

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    If it is a base 27" 2011 iMac with a traditional hard drive, vs. a SSD based MBPr with the new PCIe SSDs, the SSD will make a significant impact on boot time, application launch, data read and write compared to the iMac. I would think that with other laptop optimizations, the MBPr will outperform the iMac even though the iMac has a quad-core CPU. Remember too that while the iMac has a dedicated graphics card, the new Iris graphics in the Retina is new tech and that you won't typically utilize all 4 cores, so there won't be that many situations in which the CPU would have the chance to be a factor, and if it did, the traditional hard drive would be more of a disadvantage.

    However, all that said, do you need a laptop or a desktop. There is something to be said for all that screen real estate. I suppose you are getting a deal and as such replacing the iMac with a new model is not an option? Of course I would highly recommend a Fusion drive or SSD. I wouldn't recommend anyone buy a new Mac with only a traditional hard drive for the OS and apps.
     
  4. Drask thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes it is the one with the hard drive, that's the main reason I want to change it. I can sell this one and pay about $500 (cash that I already have in a gift card) for the 13rMBP. So basically I would be trading one for another.
     

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