iMac 2.9 GHz vs 3.4 GHz -- what difference?

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iMac 2.9 GHz vs 3.4 GHz -- what difference?

Post by orsonk » Sun May 17, 2015 11:49 pm

I've been using a 3.4 GHz iMac for Live. My spouse is going to take it over, and because I don't feel the need for a 27 in. monitor, I was planning to go to 21.5 in screen. Then I found out that the 21.5 in iMacs have a max. processor speed of 2.9 GHz.

I wonder if the difference in processor speed would make any noticeable difference in Live performance.

Anyone have feedback on this?

Thanks.

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Re: iMac 2.9 GHz vs 3.4 GHz -- what difference?

Post by MissAngie » Tue May 19, 2015 1:08 am

a few months of life expectancy ? :)
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Re: iMac 2.9 GHz vs 3.4 GHz -- what difference?

Post by logicbomb.de » Tue May 19, 2015 6:12 pm

Are they both running a quad core i7?

if so, there'd be minimal difference, but if they are NOT running the same family of cpu, i5 vs i7 etc, then you may see a significant
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Re: iMac 2.9 GHz vs 3.4 GHz -- what difference?

Post by Stromkraft » Tue May 19, 2015 6:27 pm

orsonk wrote:I've been using a 3.4 GHz iMac for Live. My spouse is going to take it over, and because I don't feel the need for a 27 in. monitor, I was planning to go to 21.5 in screen. Then I found out that the 21.5 in iMacs have a max. processor speed of 2.9 GHz.

I wonder if the difference in processor speed would make any noticeable difference in Live performance.

Anyone have feedback on this?
If the 3.4 Ghz iMac is the iMac i7 3.4 27" (2012) and the latter 2.9 Ghz iMac is the iMac i5 2.9 21.5" (2013), then these are 2 different processor families. The older with I7-3770 is likely to be faster still and in Geekbench 3 Multicore 64 it has about a 27% better score than the I5-4570S.

However, you're in luck as this 21.5" model should be able to order with a 3.1 GHz Core I7-4770S, which is somewhat faster than the older i7 model. Ask Apple.
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Re: iMac 2.9 GHz vs 3.4 GHz -- what difference?

Post by Airyck » Sat May 23, 2015 12:26 am

The difference is 500MHz
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Re: iMac 2.9 GHz vs 3.4 GHz -- what difference?

Post by Stromkraft » Sat May 23, 2015 10:51 am

Airyck wrote:The difference is 500MHz
That's an insufficient and even ignorant analysis. Even if you had written Ghz.
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Re: iMac 2.9 GHz vs 3.4 GHz -- what difference?

Post by Airyck » Sat May 23, 2015 11:25 pm

Stromkraft wrote:
Airyck wrote:The difference is 500MHz
That's an insufficient and even ignorant analysis. Even if you had written Ghz.
:P I was being a smart ass (or a dumb ass :P ) :lol:

though... 1000MHz = 1GHz so 3.4GHz - 2.9GHz = 500MHz or 0.5GHz
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Re: iMac 2.9 GHz vs 3.4 GHz -- what difference?

Post by Stromkraft » Sun May 24, 2015 9:22 pm

Airyck wrote:
Stromkraft wrote:
Airyck wrote:The difference is 500MHz
That's an insufficient and even ignorant analysis. Even if you had written Ghz.
:P I was being a smart ass (or a dumb ass :P ) :lol:

though... 1000MHz = 1GHz so 3.4GHz - 2.9GHz = 500MHz or 0.5GHz
Well, that figures. :mrgreen:
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