Would I see an appreciable difference between 3.06 ghz C2D vs 3.33 for apps like FCP?

J the Ninja

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8% difference in speed, not worth it. However, since those are multi-core aware apps, perhaps an i5 machine might be in order?
 

stonemann

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Despite the higher cache on the 3.33 Ghz processor, benchmarks still hover around an eight per cent improvement compared to the 3.06 unit (see here for Geekbench 2 results across the current range of iMacs and Mac Pros). That's fairly modest for an extra £160 (UK).

In the higher models, the jump from an i5 to i7, or from the 3.06 (27") to i5 brings you a lot more processing power for your money.

If it was me, I'm not sure I'd be willing to pay a premium for the negligible gain that a 3.33 Ghz processor gives you over the standard configuration.

On the lower models I'd be tempted to put that £160 towards more RAM or better still move up to the ATI4670 card.
 

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