Core 2 MBP's Back in refurb!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by cyberddot, Dec 28, 2006.

  1. cyberddot macrumors 6502

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    LOTS of 15" MBP's added to the refurb store since yesterday, at the moment they include 4 different config's of a 15" Core 2 Duo MBP as well as multiple configs of the 15" Core Duo, and the 17" Core Duo's that have been up for awhile.

    No MB's though...yet. :(
     
  2. djkny macrumors 6502

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    Wait a few weeks until MWSF, when you could get the refurb + a free iLife '07 drop-in disc.
     
  3. Planner Dude macrumors 6502

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    anyone think they'll come down more after MWSF???
     
  4. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

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    Just bought myself the $1599 matte version! I sold my 1.83 CD MBP on ebay for $1240 (what I get) and so it's basically a 512mb RAM upgrade, 40gb HD upgrade, DL dvd upgrade and from 1.83 CD to 2.16 C2D for just $300. I think that's a great deal
     
  5. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816

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    thats really nice, good job. :):)
     
  6. mBurns macrumors 6502

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    I still think the Core Duo refurbs are the best deal. Unless you need the 64 bit, the Core Duo has a better graphics card (256) at less of a price then the Core 2 Duo low-end model (128).
     
  7. cyberddot thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The matte 15" 2.16GHz C2D MBP's are gone again - like hotcakes. There are still 3 models of the C2D up, and lots of CD's.
     
  8. Planner Dude macrumors 6502

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    which models do you think are more reliable though?
    Wouldn't a 2.0 with 128mb vram be a revB and a 2.0 with 256mb vram be a revA
    If so, would it be better to get the revB??

    What about the Core2 Duos....do you think those are even more reliable?
     
  9. ghostee macrumors 6502

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    I picked up a matte 15" 2.16 C2D MBP the first time they hit the refurb store (12/21). It arrived 12/26 using the standard shipping (much faster than the 1/2-1/8 arrival date Apple quoted), and in near perfect condition. There are a few minor imperfections, but they are barely noticeable. The screen is gorgeous, and I'm not noticing any grain or uneven brightness.
     
  10. dongmin macrumors 68000

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    The graphics card in the C2Ds is clocked higher than in the previous generation which indicates to me that they're managing the heat better. So it looks like Apple did make some under-the-hood adjustments to improve the performance and, presumably, reliability.

    With the 2.16ghz C2D ($1599), you also get a faster superdrive, firewire 800, and larger HD. You do get a 256 mb graphics card in the CD machine ($1549), BUT as I mentioned above, the 128 mb card in the C2D is clocker higher.

    Also note that the C2D MBPs are considerably faster in Photoshop and Aperture. This probably has something to do with the larger cache of the C2Ds. If you do a lot of image manipulation, the C2D is the way to go. For benchmarks, see Barefeats:

    http://barefeats.com/mbcd6.html
     
  11. mBurns macrumors 6502

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    That may be true. I do know the CD MBPs had underclocked graphic cards. The graphics card though is BETTER in the high-end CD MBP then the low-end C2D even being under clocked. It all depends on how much you want to pay. You can't go wrong with either. If you have the extra money to spend, go for the C2D. I just think a 256 card is the way to go on the pros. Especially if you want to run Vista and such. I'm sure the C2D is faster in photoshop but only by a few seconds in real life use. You're not going to see that huge increase in perfomace that apple advertises. I really believe that. In the future, maybe? For now, you won't notice much of a difference.
     

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