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3rd gen dual core i5 2.5 GHz vs 4th gen dual core i7 1.7 GHz


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I am looking to buy a computer and I was wondering whether i5 or i7 is better. The i5 would be in the MacBook pro and the i7 would be in the MacBook air. Which one is better?
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:welcome: DrPcon14

The answer depends on what the main use of the computer would be, unless the computer will be used for games programming, CAD, 3D modeling or professional video editing you will not use the HyperThreading technology that an i7 CPU has, an i5 CPU is adequate for most users who use the computer for gaming, school work or office duties etc.

Can I ask you what will be the main use of the computer.

I hope the above answers your question but if not let us know.
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My main use of the computer would be playing games such as minecraft, team fortress 2, programs for school, and watching videos. I also might do some video editing.

Edited by DrPcon14, 03 July 2013 - 11:31 AM.

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The i5 is adequate for your intended use, an example of the specs required http://www.adobe.com...tech-specs.html
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If I got an i7 would it be any faster than the i5 even though the i5 has 2.5ghz and the i7 has 1.7ghz. Would their performance in speed be the same. Lastly could a MacBook air or a MacBook pro with retina display handle gaming better.
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No experience of the MacBook pro with retina display gaming performance and so cannot answer this question, what I can say is you will not use the full potential of an i5 CPU for your intended use and so would be wasting cash on an i7 CPU.

CPU benchmarks and costs http://www.cpubenchm...h_end_cpus.html

HT explained http://www.intel.com...technology.html
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The MacBook air has a intel 5000 graphics card and the MacBook pro with retina display has an intel 4000 graphics card. Would there be any difference between the two when it comes to gaming? If so how big.
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As I have said no experience of the retina display gaming performance, some info from people who have knowledge of the HD4000 and HD5000 http://forums.macrum...d.php?t=1593471
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Thank you
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You are welcome :thumbsup:

Let us know which you choose and how you rate the performance.
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