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Should I buy a older model with i7 processor or a newer model with i5?

Edoug2
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I'm in the market for a new macbook but can only afford refurbished models. Would it be better for me to buy a older model with i7 processing or a newer model with i5 proccessing? I use my macbook to for logic pro x and music making i also use it for post production and sound design

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n_scott_pearson
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This depends upon the processor generations in question. You will have to be more specific in your question.

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BStew11
Beginner
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You will get better performance by purchasing a newer i5. Older i7's were 4 cores with 8 threads. Newer i5's are either 6 cores and 6 threads or 6 cores with 12 threads. The i5 9600K achieves better performance than the i7 7700K, and the i5 10600K achieves better performance than an i7 8700K. Intel chips have changed a lot over the past few years.

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