IMac :: New IMacs To Use Both Dual-core And Quad-core Configs?

Feb 2, 2009


What you say guys?

I know the same article is on main page

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Hardware :: Dual Core Versus Quad Core Imac?

Oct 21, 2009

I do alot of photography with a canon dslr, I also plan to edit short HD videos as well as some photoshop and flash animation work.

Will I benefit greatly from the Quad Core Imac over the Dual Core Imac?

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Mac Pro :: Upgrade Base Dual 2.4GHz Quad Core To Dual 2.93GHz Hex Core

Oct 3, 2010

I'm just going to order a new Mac Pro and noticed that it was slightly cheaper to order the base dual processor model and buy the 2.93GHz hex cores myself. A couple of questions arise:

Will my AppleCare still be valid or will I have to keep the 2.4GHz Xeons if I need to return it to Apple for any reason?

Is there market for the 2.4GHz processors?

Can I upgrade to the 3.33GHz processors or will this not work?

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Power Mac G5 :: Upgrade G5 Dual 2.3 To New Mac/Window Dual Core/quad Core ?

Dec 5, 2007

I scanned the posts and didn't see this question, but honestly I didn't read all 20K + messages.I bought in late 2005 a dual 2.3 G5, about 6 months before the Mac/Windows combination came out. Does anyone know if I can upgrade or is it too costly to do so compared to buying a new machine.

PowerPC G5 Dual 2.3
Mac OS X (10.4.11)

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Mac Pro :: One Quad Core Chip Versus 2 Dual Core Chips?

Mar 6, 2008

I have an opportunity to get a single 3.0 GHz quad core Clovertown.

Should I go for it? There's no advantage to having two cores in two sockets versus having four cores in one socket, right?

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PowerPC :: How To Upgrade Dual Core Power Mac To Quad Core?

Apr 1, 2008

is it even possible to upgrade an old dual core powermac g5 to a quad core or even an 8 core.

I have a dual core one and i really need to upgrade to a quad or even 8 but it is so expensive to buy a whole brand new one and i was wondering if there was a way to just get a new processor and more ram or what not.

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MacBook Pro :: Fast Is Quad-core Compared To Dual-core?

May 28, 2012

I'm buying a new MacBookPro but can't decide, due to lack of knowledge, wich one to choose and if there's a noticeble difference between,  15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer 2.2GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core4GB of DDR3 RAM500GB 5400rpm Hard DriveAMD Radeon HD 6750M 512MB Graphics15.4" LED-Backlit Glossy Display1400 x 900 Native ResolutionSlot-Loading SuperDrive802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDRFaceTime HD Camera, Built-in MicrophoneMac OS X 10.7 Lion (64-bit) 

and the   13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 Dual-Core8GB of DDR3 RAM (2x4GB)750GB 5400rpm Hard DriveIntel HD 3000 Graphics13.3" Glossy Widescreen Display1280 x 800 Native ResolutionSuperDrive, Secure Digital Card SlotFaceTime HD Camera, Omnidirectional Mic802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDRMac OS X 10.7 Lion 

Besides the screen size, one would be considerable faster?

I use Photoshop and beeing a photographer I deal with large files.

MacBookPro 2.66GHz 4GB 1067MHz DDR3, Mac OS X (10.6.2)

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MacBook Pro :: Can Replace 13" Early 2011 Dual Core 2.3GHz Intel I5 With The Coming Ivy Bridge Quad Core

May 29, 2012

The ivy bridge processors are coming out soon (or may already be out). I have heard that macbook pro 13" models might be able to use the new processers due to their lower energy useage. I presume that I will be able to take my mac to an apple store and have it installed. Is this information true?

MacBook Pro (13-inch Early 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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MacBook Pro :: Quad Core Versus Dual Core?

Jan 8, 2011

Just in case Apple surprise us with a Sandybridge Quad core, and even if they don't I was wondering the following.

1 ) During sustained use in 3D gaming does a Quadcore with lower clock speeds beat a dual core with higher clock speeds.

2) Can the quoted turbo speeds be achieved in sustained use (ie 3D gaming where maximal load can be applied for a couple of hours).


Base Frequency 2.0GHz
Max SC Turbo 2.9GHz
Max DC Turbo 2.8GHz
Max QC Turbo 2.6GHz

Base Frequency 2.7GHz
Max SC Turbo 3.4GHz
Max DC Turbo 3.2GHz
Max QC Turbo N/A

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Mac Pro :: Quad Core Versus Dual 6 Core?

Jun 8, 2010

So I was talking to my friend about the new MPs and that they should have two 6 core processors in it.

I plan on getting one for rendering scenes with Maya and doing stuff on AE, FCP, and the CS5 master collection. We were talking about his computer, which is one quad core processor.

He was saying that render times on Maya wouldn't be very different when comparing a quad core versus two hexa cores. I don't agree with him but would like someone elses opinion on this.

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IMac :: Dual-core Still Faster Than Quad's?

Aug 17, 2010

I was taken aback by a recent review of the new iMac that has the dual-core i5 upgrade. There were claims that the dual-core i5 (i5-680 @ 3.6GHz) is still faster in quite a few applications than the quad-core i5 (i5-760 @ 2.8GHz)... Isn't Turbo Boost supposed to take it up to 3.33GHz? (yes, I know, it will only kick in if the temps allow it and it's still slightly less than 3.6 but you get my point)

Then, there was another article which claimed that even the Core i3-550 @ 3.2GHz is supposedly faster than the quad-core i5 @ 2.8GHz in a few scenarios. I realize that the Core i3 does not have Turbo Boost, but it does have Hyper-Threading which OS X sees as 4 (virtual) cores. The Core i5 does not have Hyper-threading, but it has 4 "actual" cores, and it also has Turbo Boost. Hmmm...

I have to take my iMac in because of a hardware issue and I was planning on upgrading to the Quad-core i5 for $275 extra ($300 minus student discount). I'm even contemplating jumping all the way to the i7 for another $180. Should I do this or just get another one w/ Core i3 3.2GHz? Towards the end of the article, Macworld even suggests not getting the Quad, unless " can take advantage of the few programs that exist today that can take advantage of the extra cores."

Future-proofing is not that important in my case, as I switch computers too often. Otherwise, quad-core would be the obvious choice, although we've been hearing the whole "Well, maybe not today, but in a year or two from now, you'll appreciate the fact that you got a Quad...", etc. since...well, almost 2 years ago.

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IMac :: Is The Quad Core I7 Faster Than The 2008 Octo-Core Mac Pro?

Oct 22, 2009

So the older Mac Pro's from 2008 have 2 2.8ghz Quad Core Intel Xeon processors, without hyperthreading, for a total of 8 cores, and the top of the line iMac has a Quar Core i7 2,8ghz with hyperthreading for a total of 8 (virtual) cores.

With the ghz being the same but less "real" cores, but probably newer CPU architecture, which CPU will actually be faster?

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IMac :: Quad Core I5 OR Base Model Core I3?

Jul 28, 2010

I know other threads exist, but they don't have responses specific to me so what's the harm in one more?

So, I am going to be selling my late 2008 15" MacBook Pro this week to get a new 27" iMac and I just need some legitimate advice from those "in the know" on processors.

I plan on having this iMac for about 3 years to do the following tasks:

1.) Record and edit HD cable (1080i) from an Elgato EyeTV HD - will include some encoding of 2+ hour sports game recordings

2.) Some light editing of 720p iPhone 4 clips in iMovie

3.) Surf the web, iTunes, iPhoto, Mail, and all the other standard stuff

Assuming budget is an issue, would you recommend me spending the extra money for a Quad Core i5 iMac or would I be ok based on the info above just going with the base Dual Core i3 model?

Like, will there be a considerable difference in the two machines (factoring in processor and graphics card) that will really be worth the extra $300 - $400 for 3 years of use?

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MacBook Pro :: Are The New I5 And I7 Processors Dual Or Quad Core?

Apr 13, 2010

I am a bit puzzled about my new MacBook Pro. I got the i5 but I have read online that these are actually dual core processors. What is the difference between the Core 2 Duo and the new i5s then?

Also I have a 27" iMac with i7 Processor, those are quad-core, any difference in processing power besides the clock speed?

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Mac Pro :: Quad Core 2006 3.0GHz Versus 2.26GHz 8 Core 2009 Model?

Aug 3, 2009

Just curious as to how much of an improvement in performance I would see upgrading my system as it states above, since my 2006 machine is 3 years old and getting close to the end of my apple care, figured I would trade it in and upgrade.

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Mac Pro :: 3.2GHz Quad Core Versus 3.33GHz 6 Core?

Aug 10, 2010

I'm one of the many many people who are juggling mac pro options in my head.

is the 3.33GHz Westmere worth the extra 640? Probably not, but now much faster will be it? 20%....30%?

I think I'm set on either of these two options, mainly using FCP and photoshop and a bit of motion. maybe a bit of gaming

Also I can max out them four RAM slots and get a 5870 with the extra cash.

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Mac :: Dual Core IMac Vs. Eight Core Mac Pro

Jun 11, 2009

I currently have a 24" iMac with a 2.8 Ghz Dual Core but I'm looking at buying a Mac Pro.I have been looking at the 2.26 Ghz Dual Quad, will this be faster than the iMac? I'm not really all that hot on clock speed vs cores, could someone with the relevant knowledge inform me which is better?

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Hardware :: Quad Core I5 2.66 Versus Core I3 3.06?

Oct 7, 2010

As I see the new Speedmark 6.5 test scores come out, I''m taken back somewhat.

I'm buying an iMac for my office which is used for internet, email, heavy excel and word. I like to get 4 to 5 years out of my computer so I'm switching to an iMac. That being said I'm buying a refurbished unit, but am wondering if it's worth the extra 4-500 bucks to upgrade from the 3.06 Core i3 to the 2.66 Quad-core i5??

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Mac Pro :: Upgrade Quad-core To Octo-core?

Feb 13, 2007

If you have the guts and a few thousand dollars, why wait for Apple to release it?

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Mac Pro :: Quad Core Vs. 8 Core For Compressor Speed?

Feb 2, 2010

I have a Macbook Pro Core Duo that I use Compressor and it literally takes forever to compress FCP files. I know an upgrade to a Mac Pro would make the compression go faster and I know the 8 Core would make it go extremely fast, but can I do just as good with a Quad Core 2.66ghz. Would that cut my compression time down? An 8 core is a little out of my price range, but i'm pulling toward a Quad Core.

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IMac :: Which One Is Better/an 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Or An 2.8 GHz Intel Quad Core?

Dec 18, 2009

first, I didn�t know if this thread should be here or in Buying Tips, but anyway. My doubt is about the brand new 27� iMac�s processor, If I should buy a more GHz one, but with only two cores, or should I buy little bit less GHz one, but with four cores.

It really worth pay $200 more? It really worth the four cores? My main needs are run CS4, some Final Cut, maybe Logic Studio, and switch between different OS's (OS X, Windows, and Linux). I think even a 21.5� model would be more than enough, but I just wonder If Quad Core gonna give me more power (I hope so).

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Intel Mac :: Gray Screen At Startup 27" 2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core I5

Apr 5, 2012

My one week old iMac 2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5. first started problems by not goping to sleep even when I forced it.

I shut it down using the shut off button and unplugging it from power for more than 5 munites.

I turned it back on, it does the usual startup chime and then gray screen. I have restarted twice from the shot off button and still getting the same result.

iMac (27-inch Mid 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Mac Pro :: Upgrading 1 Quad-core To 2 Quad-core?

Nov 28, 2008

If i purchase an MacPro system with single quad-core processor, can a second quad-core be added after the fact? If not, why?

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IMac :: Quad Core Will Be Utilized Or Not?

Nov 23, 2009

I ordered an I7 Imac, but can't get a definitive idea if the quad core will be utilized or not. If a software program like Final Cut Express is not "Quad Core Aware", is there no advantage over a Core Duo? Why would the encoding be twice as fast, but not the program?

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IMac :: Advice For The Quad Core I5?

Jan 20, 2010

I've decided to jump on the apple band wagon and purchase an iMac.

I'm planning on ordering the 27-inch quad core i5 but I'm wondering whether it's worth upgrading the processor or increasing the RAM - does anyone use FCS 3 and if so, would it be better to increase the RAM to 8GB+ to run more smoothly.. or does the 4GB RAM basic run fine with FCP 7 and the like?

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IMac :: Using I7 Quad Core As Monitor For PC?

Jan 21, 2010

Has anyone tried using their iMac as a monitor for a PC? I have a high-end PC that I use for work and I recently bought an iMac for video, audio, and pictures (in other words....personal use.)

Has anyone used their beautiful 27 inch imac as a monitor for another computer? Pros/cons?

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IMac :: Quad Core I5 Or I7 For Gaming?

Jul 27, 2010

Debating whether or not to get the core i5 for 1999 or i7 for 200 more.. Will I see a difference in gaming between the two processors? It seems like everyone is getting the i7 to future proof but is there really that big of a difference in the two CPUs ?

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IMac :: Finding A Quad Core Or The 4850?

Nov 17, 2009

I know 300 dollars for a bump from C2D/4670 to a i5/4850 is easily one of the best upgrades Apple has offered in a long, long time.... but would I really need it?

I was primarily going to be using the iMac for everyday stuff (word/browsing/etc) and for games occasionally by others. I don't need everything running on ultra with AA on or anything, just visually comparable to PS3/X360. I will be doing a lot of Photoshop/illustrator things as well and might get into video editing.

I was thinking maybe I could hold out on going quad core for a couple years until Macbook Pro lines get it at a reasonable price then I can just use the iMac as a gorgeous led and media hub in the background as I do my work on the Macbook Pro.

I've seen the benchmarks, but how does it work out in real world situations?

What would having Quad cores do for me except help me handle files/render a few seconds faster here and there? I'm sure it's a tremendous boost in things like encoding but how would it help when it comes to image editing?

Is the 4850 a huge bump in specs compared to the 4670? Is the performance gap similar to going from 9400 to the 9600?

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IMac :: Quad Core I7 And 3.3ghz Difference?

Jun 19, 2010

whats the differ between the two?

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IMac :: New Quad-core I5, Reporting 2.66 Speed

Aug 6, 2010

I just bought a new mid-2010 updated iMac with 2.8GHz Core i5. However, when I looked at the system profiler, it reports CPU speed at 2.66GHz.

At first, I thought I accidentally got the late-2009 version, but other aspects of the system seem to indicate that this is correct Mac.

The box has updated part number, but does list the CPU as 2.66GHz. It has the newer HD 5750 w/1GB RAM, it uses 1333GHz DDR3 memory. So everything seems to point that it's a new iMac, but the CPU is of the wrong version.

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