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Looking to purchase my first macbook, please help!!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by soquickwitit, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

    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
  2. McGiord, Feb 23, 2008
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2011

    macrumors 68040


    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.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    i concur-- for what you want to do, the MBP is the way to go.
  4. macrumors 68000

    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.
  5. macrumors member

    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
  6. macrumors 6502a

    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.
  7. macrumors member

    so should i go to macbook?
  8. macrumors 68000

    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.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    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.

  10. macrumors member

    Where do you get the Ram memory for that cheap? thx
  11. macrumors 68000

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

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