Performance site Bare Feats has compared the performance of Apple's new Core i3, i5, and i7 27 inch iMacs and determined the high end model offers the best performance per dollar.
The report contrasts the performance benchmarks rankings of Cinebench 11 and Geekbench 2 to compare the the $1699 entry level dual core 3.2GHz Core i3 against the midrange $1999 quad core 2.8GHz Core i5 and the high end $2199 quad core 2.93GHz Core i7.
Overall, the performance scores indicate that the Core i5 offers a performance boost up to 41 percent at just 18 percent more cost, while the high end Core i7 is up to 45 percent faster than the Core i5 while being just 10 percent more. It's also 104 percent faster than the Core i3 model while being just 29 percent more expensive.
Quote:"Going by the Cinebench rating, you pay $400 for each rating point on the Core i7, you pay $526 for each rating point on the Core i5, and you pay $629 for each rating point on the Core i3," the site noted, concluding, "the top iMac model is the best buy."
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