1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 19, 2017 2:06 PM by Intel Corporation

    Do I really need hyperthreading?


      I'm planning to buy a 21.5" iMac but a little undecided between the i5 or i7 processors. i7s come with hyperthreading and i5s don't. I'll be using 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD and the computer will have a dedicated GPU. I won't be playing games or doing any video editing (I might but not professionally). However I'll definitely have several programs opened at once like having several tabs opened in Firefox and Chrome, Photoshop, IDE for coding, desktop email client and a couple of things more. I've also heard that hyperthreading generates more heat output and consumes more power. So would I benefit from i7's hyperthreading or would i5 be enough for my purpose?

        • 1. Re: Do I really need hyperthreading?
          Intel Corporation
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          Hello berty,

          Thank you for contacting Intel Communities.

          I understand you want to get information about Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology.

          Apple has requested that all questions regarding their products have to be addressed directly to their support.

          Apple Support.

          For more information regarding Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology click here.

          Thank you for your understanding.

          Juan V.