Would a retina 5k with an i7 processor last longer than a retina 5k with an i5?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Lilijay, Apr 7, 2015.

  1. Lilijay macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2015
    In my consideration of which retina configuration to buy, I've been told that a retina with an i7 should last longer than one with an i5.

    Is this really the case ? From my understanding, if the CPU is struggling with an image related task the GPU will cut the slack, which is why I was going to opt for an i5 with an m295x. Lots of ram should help the longevity as well ? If the i7 helps mainly with hyper threading tasks, yet remains more active and produces more heat, I don't see how that contributes to the longevity of the machine ?

  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I think the i7 will help you on intensive multi-threaded tasks, and it may not be all that noticeable on typical day to day activities.
  3. Blackstick macrumors 6502


    Aug 11, 2014
    Sunny South Florida
    Unless you spend the days encoding video or otherwise use apps that are multi-core aware (the vast majority are not)... an i7 is not going to make a visible difference. Get as much RAM as you can comfortably afford and the best video card as well.

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