Lab Tested: New 27-inch Core i5 iMac/3.1GHz speed results
Posted 03 May 2011 - 07:27 PM
Posted 03 May 2011 - 09:31 PM
I really expected to see much better improvements due to better chips, GPUs, HDs, RAM and ports.
There is still the BTO i7 tests to come. However i7 should have been standard on both 27" models. Apple does not have an excuse to drag its heels on this as the chips are freely available and not that expensive.
It may not be very flattering, but what is needed is a Bang for Bucks graph which plots all models on an axis of price and Speedmark over time. That would actually show the tepid progress Apple makes due to targeting maximum profitability instead of performance/value.
This post has been edited by Biallystock: 03 May 2011 - 09:36 PM
Posted 03 May 2011 - 10:08 PM
Posted 04 May 2011 - 02:11 AM
One thing concerns me, though. I've been following the Adobe forums on Photoshop Lightroom. It turns out that Hyper Threading on Windows machines actually impedes Lightroom performance. Users have reported better results after turning off Hyper Threading. Is there any way to do that on Macs with the i7 chipset?
Posted 04 May 2011 - 03:32 AM
Posted 04 May 2011 - 04:36 AM
If only someone would tell the PC manufacturers, who constantly upgrade hardware and reduce prices, which is why you can get some seriously good and really cheap PC laptops now.