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truz
May 1, 2006, 02:57 AM
I seem to have found a deal on a macbook pro ($1600 brand new in box, sealed) It's the 1.83 Core Duo 15'4" model.

Question: In the future when Intel puts out the new core duo chips (64bit) can the macbook pros be upgraded cpu wise? I heard that you could upgrade to the T2500 or the T2600, which is pointless now due to price and not much of performance difference, in the future I would like to upgrade to 64bit from 32bit, is it possible, will the mb support 64bit processing or no?



bigandy
May 1, 2006, 03:21 AM
nope. like 99% of the intel based, and in fact any processor base, the MBP's CPU is soldered to the logic board.

truz
May 1, 2006, 03:38 AM
What a down fall. What about the imac intels? They can be upgraded to 64bit in the future right?

Do you think I should purchase the macbook pro for $1600 or hold off until the end of this year? I already have a windows laptop and a imac intel. I don't use my laptops unless I'm on vacation, which does not happen but about 8 times a year as I take a trip to my place in north carolina (currently living in florida).

Worth buying a macbook pro for this price or holding off and spending $2000 at the end of the year?

robbieduncan
May 1, 2006, 03:49 AM
Why do you want to "upgrade" to a 64bit CPU? Because 64 is bigger than 32? Unless you intend having more than 4Gb of RAM the difference between 64bit and 32bit will not be noticeable (architectural differences within the CPU left out). In fact some apps run slower when compiled in pure 64bit mode. The AppKit (the basis of all Cocoa apps) does not like 64bit much for example.

truz
May 1, 2006, 04:11 AM
Why do you want to "upgrade" to a 64bit CPU? Because 64 is bigger than 32? Unless you intend having more than 4Gb of RAM the difference between 64bit and 32bit will not be noticeable (architectural differences within the CPU left out). In fact some apps run slower when compiled in pure 64bit mode. The AppKit (the basis of all Cocoa apps) does not like 64bit much for example.


I was aiming for future use once software companies start working with 64bit more to provide better performance for there software. I guess I can always upgrade a year from now to a newer macbook pro.

Chundles
May 1, 2006, 04:24 AM
iMac and Mac mini are socketed (upgradeable), the MacBook Pro is soldered to the logic board.