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  1. #1

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    Feb 24, 2012
    i7 Dual-Core Hyperthreaded vs True Quad-Core
    Hi guys, I am looking at buying my first Mac, but am unsure which one to pick.....

    I found one with the following specs:

    Macbook Pro 15" (Mid-2010)

    2.66ghz i7 Dual-Core
    8GB RAM
    Nvidia 330m 512MB VRAM
    80GB SSD
    Matte display

    How much do you think the above model is worth?

    I really wanted a Quad-Core i7, but how much difference is there between say, a 2.0ghz i7 Quad-Core, and this 2.66ghz i7 Dual-Core?

    From what I understand, the i7 has hyperthreading technology, so even with a Dual-Core processor, the computer sees 4 cores, right?

    How much extra would you pay for a true Quad-Core machine? I'm trying to decide if the cost savings of buying the Dual-Core is with the sacrifice in number or cores?

    This one DOES have the SSD, which I really like - and if I was to buy a Quad-Core machine, I would probably have to pay another couple hundred extra to upgrade to a SSD....

    I'm going to use it for photo/video editing, and want something that will last a number of years, and be FAST.....

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    Member Since
    Feb 14, 2012
    Dubuque, Iowa
    MacBook Pro 13" Intel i5 4GB RAM. Intel P4 w/ HT @ 3.0GHz 4GB RAM Debian GNU/Linux
    The computer will see 2 physical cores and 2 logical cores on the dual core if I recall correctly. Since you'll be doing video/photo editing I'd go with the quad core, which also comes with hyper-threading.

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