Macbook/Pro CD: still capable of running Parallels, Vista & Leopard?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ronni3, Mar 23, 2007.

  1. ronni3 macrumors regular

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    Basically, could I save some money and buy a Core Duo version of the Macbook, or Macbook Pro, and still be able to run Parallels, Vista in Boot Camp, and/or Leopard in the future?

    Also, I know the Intel Core Duo chips are 32bits, versus 64bit C2D, but are they any less reliable than the newer C2D chips? How do they perform in comparison?

    Any current owners of the CD models care to share some feedback, and your current/past experiences?

    Thanks!
     
  2. waremaster macrumors 6502

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    You absolutely can run all of the latest OS's on it and the CD is no less reliable than the C2D. Where the biggest advantage is in the Cache of the C2D vs. the CD and 32bit vs. 64bit is not a huge difference unless you are addressing more than 4gig of ram. That said would you see a performance difference between the CD and C2D definitely yes. The C2D 2.0ghz and above have a 4meg cache in them and the processor is able to share all 4 meg to either core when needed which really helps boost performance.
     
  3. ronni3 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the reply waremaster, it was very helpful. It looks to be a better bet to go with the newer Macbooks.

    Thanks again.
     
  4. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Well they help boost performance, but at the same clockspeed, the performance gain isn't THAT much.
     

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