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macrumors member
Original poster
Nov 12, 2012
I have a Mac Pro 4.1 with 2x2.26. Looking at x5690 or x5680 they are 3.46ghz vs 3.33ghz and the cost difference comes out to about about $150 vs $100 for a pair. I do mostly photoshop, lightroom, and corel painter. Is it worth getting the slightly faster x5690. It seems like the performance wouldn't even be noticeable between the two, unless I'm missing something? In the scheme of things $50 isn't that much though.


macrumors 604
Nov 23, 2012
Many threads about this. The consensus is that the difference is really not that noticeable. Do a search and you'll find them. Personally I'm running X5677s. 4 cores ea. @3.46Mhz. You do realize that you will need to update your firmware to a 5,1, right?

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