Looking to speed up encoding time: 4GB of ram or 2.4 ghz VS 2.2?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Knolly, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. Knolly macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2007
    I've seen benchmarks and whatnot, but am looking for a somewhat specific opinion from somewhat with some tech knowledge that is beyond mine...

    The main computing-intense thing I do on my computer is encoding video. Which of the following would yield better encoding times?

    2.0 Ghz Macbook + 4GB RAM
    2.4 Ghz Macbook

    I've seen that the the 2.0 Ghz encodes about 15% slower than the 2.4 Ghz, but would the RAM upgrade make up for that?
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
  3. mathcolo macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2008
    Yep. OP: If you could even get a MacBook Pro then even better.:)
  4. Knolly thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2007
    Meh, got a 2.2 MBP at the moment... Looking to trade down to something smaller since I don't need the graphics power.

    Plus my brother has one of the new 2.4 Ghz Macbooks and it completely outclasses mine in terms of encoding with its new shiny magics.

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