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21.5" iMac - 3.06Ghz or 3.33Ghz?

3635 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 25, 2009 2:00 AM by Dylotic RSS
Charzzy Calculating status...
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Oct 25, 2009 3:45 AM
Hi

I'm looking to get a 21.5" iMac and Apple offer an upgrade to 3.33Ghz.

This appears to be the Intel E8600 chip with 6MB L2 cache and 1333Mhz FSB. (The 3.06Ghz is 3MB L2 and 1066MHz FSB).

Although there is only a small difference in CPU speed, will this, in combination with more L2 cache and faster FSB, be a worthwhile performance increase/'future-proof' the iMac more?

(I'll be mostly using GarageBand, iMovie etc.)
iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,015 points)
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    Oct 25, 2009 4:11 AM (in response to Charzzy)
    HI and Welcome to Apple Discussions...

    Since you like to run GB and iMovie which requires rendering, if it were me..

    "Select a base configuration above, then add options to build the iMac that’s right for you, including:3
    Dual-core processor up to 3.33GHz
    Quad-core processor up to 2.8GHz
    *Memory up to 16GB*
    Hard drive up to 2TB"

    I'm not sure if you can, "future proof" any computer. If it were me, I'd upgrade the RAM as much as I could afford for increased stability and performance. I'd also go with the 3.33GHz.

    *Thank you for the star.*




    Carolyn

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  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,015 points)
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    Oct 25, 2009 5:03 AM (in response to Charzzy)
    Yes!




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  • Bob Jackins Level 4 Level 4 (1,990 points)
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    Oct 25, 2009 8:54 AM (in response to Charzzy)
    I believe only the 27 inch has four RAM slots. :~))
    Imac G5 Rev B 20, Mac OS X (10.4.11), Ipod touch 16 GB
  • joudbren Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
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    Oct 25, 2009 3:47 PM (in response to Bob Jackins)
    21.5" for sure has 4 memory slots. I returned my 1 day old 21.5" for a 27" today and rest assured, both have 4 slots. I purchased Kingston ram (2 x 2GB) to upgrade my 21.5" to 8GB and simply swapped that out to the new 27". Cheers!

    James
    iMac 27", 3.06Ghz Core2 Duo Fall 2009, Mac OS X (10.6.1), 8GB ram, 1TB HD, 27" Samsung external
  • Bob Jackins Level 4 Level 4 (1,990 points)
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    Oct 25, 2009 4:57 PM (in response to joudbren)
    Yes the 21.5 can handle 4x2 GB and the 27 4x4 GB
    Imac G5 Rev B 20, Mac OS X (10.4.11), Ipod touch 16 GB
  • Dylotic Calculating status...
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    Nov 25, 2009 2:00 AM (in response to Bob Jackins)
    Both can handle 16Gb!
     Imac 21.5  Macbook Air  Iphone, Mac OS X (10.6.2)

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