new macbook performance?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by OrangeCuse44, Nov 13, 2006.

  1. OrangeCuse44 macrumors 65816

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    How has the new Macbook with core 2 duo processor performed for you so far with just the 1gb of memory?
     
  2. TequilaBoobs macrumors 6502a

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    really well

    I can't compare my blackbook with one with 2GB of RAM, but the standard 1GB has proven to be sufficient thus far in my 6 days of ownership... but I do plan on upgrading to 2 GB. I read somewhere that more RAM reduces the heat, which would reduce the obtrusive fan sound that the new MB have. So if you're asking if you should upgrade your order to 2GB, then my answer is a resounding yes, provided you can afford such an upgrade.
     
  3. OrangeCuse44 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    how loud?

    Loud enough to make me wish it wasn't there... loud enough for people 5 feet away to hear it. But not as loud as my last Dell laptop.
     
  5. OrangeCuse44 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    yeah, i have a dell right now, which i despise, and is the reason im interested in a macbook....thanks for the feedback, keep it coming!
     
  6. falcon1 macrumors regular

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    I have a Dell laptop and I use it on the desk all the time and the fan is on the bottom so I have it on a regular pencil to keep it from shutting off and when it gets real hot the fan will kick on and its really loud. I don't know what it is but the two Dell computer that i've had, had really loud fans and they get hot easy.
     
  7. junkster macrumors regular

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    More RAM = higher power consumption, even when sleeping.
    But depending on your applications, more RAM = less hard drive activity. I can't imagine this being the reason for the extra fan activity, though.
     
  8. Digidesign macrumors 6502

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    I've been very satisfied with the C2D macbook's performance so far.

    I put it through its paces this past weekend, working on a wedding slideshow for friends. I had Final Cut Pro open, along with Adobe Photoshop, iPhoto, Firefox and iTunes, switching between them as needed, and it was a smooth process overall with no hangups.

    I had it running a 23" ACD display (macbook closed) at 1900x1200, with keyboard/mouse attached via USB. The back/bottom part of the case was warm, but elevated so it had proper ventillation. The fan came on from time to time, but was quiet enough that I never noticed it.

    FYI, I have 2gb installed, from 18004memory.com.

    Probably the best thing about it was the real-time previews for the transitions that the C2D can do in FCP. My older Powerbook G4 1.5Ghz had to render all the transitions, so this is a really a treat for editing.
     
  9. wentwj macrumors regular

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    I know I've heard people go around saying that more RAM reduces the heat... but I for the life of me can't figure out why that'd be the case, and have a hard time actually believing it.

    The only theoretical way I can see this being possible is like you said, with reduced hard drive usage, but that'd really only come into play if all or most of the ram was being used and it was hardcore paging in and out from the hard drive.

    Anyway, I'd be skeptical of people saying RAM reduces heat, unless someone can either come up with confirmed results of it, or some possible reason why RAM would drastically lower heat in normal usage.
     
  10. whawhat macrumors 6502

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    just got my black c2d macbook this morning (2gb ram/200gb HD) and everything seems fine and dandy = no mooin/no whirring noises/no peeling/firm track button/it's def. warm but not any hotter than my pb g4 ti. the screen colors are not as crisp as i remembered when first trying it out, but i will be hooking this up to my 23" ACD so it's not that big of a concern.

    the one thing that always kills me is how much space the mac os/preinstalled software takes = already 40GB is being allocated and once i get all my programs (photoshop/indsesign/illustrator) and files (itunes/iphoto) on there, i will probably be left with just 60-70GB.

    all in all really happy with the size (the battery is heavy as hell though) and the black finish. :p
     
  11. OrangeCuse44 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    a loss of 40gb out of the box??????? that seems insane. i never owned a mac so this seems crazy. can anyone back that up, or hopefully disprove that number???
     
  12. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

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    Try looking up an app called monolingual. It will remove all other language files which can save you a couple of gigs.
     
  13. Romulus macrumors regular

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    That does seem too much... My MacBook lost about 20Gb to the system and preinstalled programs like MS Office and iWorks... The 80Gb hard drive comes only as 74 or so stock...
     
  14. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

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    Yes, 40 gegs out of the box doesn't sound right. It is usually something around the 10 geg mark.
     
  15. oligore macrumors member

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    If u don't have a dvd burner delete idvd and if u don't use garage band delete the instruments and loops. idvd and the garage band instrument folder are over 1 gig each
     
  16. Gizmotoy macrumors 65816

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    My brand new C2D black MacBook had something like 98GB of 120GB free. Once you account for the difference between 1000 and 1024 in drive size measurement, Apple had something like 20GB of stuff installed. Nowhere near 40, but still quite a bit.
     
  17. Gizmotoy macrumors 65816

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    It's most certainly possible, but it would depend heavily on how you use your computer. If you leave all the programs you regularly use running, and don't listen to music, or watch videos, you could see a heat reduction. A significant source of heat in a laptop is your hard drive, and by keeping everything in RAM you reduce or eliminate disk usage. RAM is constantly refreshed and sees only a slight increase in power consumption (and thus heat) during use.

    This is sometimes used to great effect in server farms that utilize only static pages. Everything is loaded up into memory at boot and the disk is basically never used again. This provides a dual benefit of increased speed and reduced heat/power use.

    Whether a machine under typical usage would see a heat benefit, I have no idea. I'd guess it would, but my guess is it would be slight and statistically indistinguishable from no change.
     

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