will the new i5 2.6 be much faster/any faster than a 2011 i5 2.5 iMac?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Uabcar, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. Uabcar macrumors 6502

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    I run a base late 2009 mini @2.26 C2D with SSD and 8gig. My wife has a 2011 iMac with the i5 2.5 (4 gig and stock spinner drive).

    I was really excited when Apple announced the new Mini's. I ordered the $699 model right away but after finding out that my wife's machine has an i5 clocked at about the same speed- I've started to second guess the purchase.

    I don't know current gen intel cpu's well (i was all over things back in the 386/486 days :). How much faster can I expect the haswell i5 to be vs the sandy bridge i5?

    btw- my use case is pretty light - mostly just web browsing and watching youtube videos. No games and very infrequent photo and video work.
     
  2. cfedu macrumors 65816

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    They are about the same for the CPU, trading blows in most of the benchmarks, I think the GPU on the iMac is better.
     
  3. Uabcar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks!

    That's pretty disappointing then. I wonder if, for what I'm using my mini for - if I should just stay put and hope for a more significant upgrade next year.

    I just checked Best Buy. My local store has a late 2012 Mini with the 2.3 i7 in stock. Maybe I'd be better off grabbing that one for now - as it would buy me some time.
     
  4. cfedu macrumors 65816

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    I think it would be a better choice
     

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  5. Uabcar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks again!

    Well - after some deliberation - I decided to pick up a late 2012 i7 2.3.

    I found it online from Abt.com for $699 - and w/o tax - so it ends up being nearly $60 less expensive than a the new i5 2.6. I went ahead and bought a 16gig ram upgrade kit ($135) to go with it - so all in I'll end up spending about $75 more i did on the new i5. After I get it, I'll swap in my existing ssd drive - and should be off an running for a few more years.

    I will return the new i5, unopened, to my local apple store when it arrives next week.
     

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