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soquickwitit
Feb 23, 2008, 04:49 PM
Hey all. I'm looking to make the jump to mac!! I'm basically wondering which model to buy. Macbook or macbook pro??

Heres my interests

I want to basically use if for video encoding. HI def and bluray files to mp4. and i want top speed!! Does the graphics card accelerate this? or ram? please help

apple is telling me to get the macbook pro. i'm not sure, so i thought i'd ask you guys.

please reply. thx



McGiord
Feb 23, 2008, 04:51 PM
To get the fastest one you better go with the MBP.

Also the Turbo H264 from El Gato may help you do that mp4 video conversion on a faster rate.
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marykay9507
Feb 23, 2008, 05:09 PM
i concur-- for what you want to do, the MBP is the way to go.

Techguy172
Feb 23, 2008, 05:11 PM
The Macbook will do this fine the software doesn't even use the GPU so if you want to you can save a few bucks.

soquickwitit
Feb 23, 2008, 05:18 PM
The Macbook will do this fine the software doesn't even use the GPU so if you want to you can save a few bucks.

Well these bluray files are huge, and can take awhile.

Does the graphics card make a difference in conversion speed? does ram? does processor? please help. thx

Matek
Feb 23, 2008, 05:18 PM
Graphics card doesn't have anything to do with it (better ones have hardware decoding support, but rarely encoding).

Ram does play a certain role, but isn't that important really. Besides, you can get 4 gigabytes for 70 usd and IMHO it would be dumb not to get it while it's still cheap, regardless of what laptop you buy. They both use the same ram so it's a tie.

It all comes down to the CPU. Fastest Macbook is 2.2 GHz, fastest MBP is 2.6 GHz. The price difference is huge, the cheapest MBP with a 2.6 CPU costs more than twice as much as the cheapest MB with a 2.2 CPU. An 18% faster CPU isn't worth it IMHO.

Of course the MBP is much better in many other aspects, but if you judge strictly by encoding power, the numbers simply don't add up.

soquickwitit
Feb 23, 2008, 05:20 PM
Graphics card doesn't have anything to do with it (better ones have hardware decoding support, but rarely encoding).

Ram does play a certain role, but isn't that important really. Besides, you can get 4 gigabytes for 70 usd and IMHO it would be dumb not to get it while it's still cheap, regardless of what laptop you buy. They use the same ram so it's a tie.

It all comes down to the CPU. Fastest Macbook is 2.2 GHz, fastest MBP is 2.6 GHz. The price difference is huge, the cheapest MBP with a 2.6 CPU costs more than twice as much as the cheapest MB with a 2.2 CPU. An 18% faster CPU isn't worth it IMHO.

Of course the MBP is much better in many other aspects, but if you judge strictly by encoding power, the numbers simply don't add up.

so should i go to macbook?

Techguy172
Feb 23, 2008, 05:24 PM
so should i go to macbook?

Go with the Macbook and upgrade the Ram to max 4GB and you should be just fine not only do you save some money you get better portability. Since Blu-Ray isn't reliant on GPU for ripping you should be just fine with the Macbooks integrated GPU.

MacDann
Feb 23, 2008, 05:30 PM
And as someone mentioned earlier, if you're doing a lot of encoding, consider a hardware approach like Elgato's Turbo H264. For what it costs it would be worth it, considering the performance boost you would get from it.

MacDann

soquickwitit
Feb 24, 2008, 01:52 AM
Graphics card doesn't have anything to do with it (better ones have hardware decoding support, but rarely encoding).

Ram does play a certain role, but isn't that important really. Besides, you can get 4 gigabytes for 70 usd and IMHO it would be dumb not to get it while it's still cheap, regardless of what laptop you buy. They both use the same ram so it's a tie.

It all comes down to the CPU. Fastest Macbook is 2.2 GHz, fastest MBP is 2.6 GHz. The price difference is huge, the cheapest MBP with a 2.6 CPU costs more than twice as much as the cheapest MB with a 2.2 CPU. An 18% faster CPU isn't worth it IMHO.

Of course the MBP is much better in many other aspects, but if you judge strictly by encoding power, the numbers simply don't add up.

Where do you get the Ram memory for that cheap? thx

Techguy172
Feb 24, 2008, 09:27 AM
Where do you get the Ram memory for that cheap? thx

Crucial, Newegg, TigerDirect OWC there's a few you can shop around to find the best deal.