1.67 GHz worth $165 more than 1.5 GHz?

Deslock

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Educational pricing for 15" Powerbook with superdrive and 1GB RAM:

$2069 1.5 GHz
$2234 1.67 GHz

Is it worth the extra $165 for the faster CPU? Both come with backlit keys now.
 

rozwell

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Apr 17, 2004
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think you would really miss that extra 170mhz? dont think so, but if you would, and you want to say you have the latest and greatest, go for it.
 

Bear

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Deslock said:
Educational pricing for 15" Powerbook with superdrive and 1GB RAM:

$2069 1.5 GHz
$2234 1.67 GHz

Is it worth the extra $165 for the faster CPU? Both come with backlit keys now.
That's up to you, but on the 1.67GHz model, you can also double the Video RAM.

Also, did you remember to select the SuperDrive when configuring the 1.5GHz? And did you select the same 1GB upgrade on both? (1 DIMM vs 2 DIMM)?
 

Zaty

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Deslock said:
Educational pricing for 15" Powerbook with superdrive and 1GB RAM:

$2069 1.5 GHz
$2234 1.67 GHz

Is it worth the extra $165 for the faster CPU? Both come with backlit keys now.
It depends, if you really need as much power as you can get, it might be worth the the extra $165.
 

mrgreen4242

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Bear said:
That's up to you, but on the 1.67GHz model, you can also double the Video RAM.

Also, did you remember to select the SuperDrive when configuring the 1.5GHz? And did you select the same 1GB upgrade on both? (1 DIMM vs 2 DIMM)?
That's the thing I would look at more closely. The question is more 'is it worth $250 for 64mb of VRAM'. If you play games on this machine, or use motion, or some other app that relies heavily on the GPU, then, yes, it is.

Otherwise, take the $165 and buy a nice case and wireless mouse!

Rob
 

Bear

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mrgreen4242 said:
That's the thing I would look at more closely. The question is more 'is it worth $250 for 64mb of VRAM'. If you play games on this machine, or use motion, or some other app that relies heavily on the GPU, then, yes, it is.

Otherwise, take the $165 and buy a nice case and wireless mouse!

Rob
Even Preview will use more VRam happily for PDF rendering. The way Mac OS X is, a lot of applications will get some boost by having more VRam available. Especially as you run more and more applications at the same time.
 

durvivor

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Amazon.com Discounts Better than EDU?

Ignore this post it you absolutly have to have BTO.

But, when you add tax (6.5%???) are your prices really?

$2069 1.5 GHz + 135 tax = 2204
$2234 1.67 GHz + 145 tax = 2379.

If you purchase at Amazon.com (If you wait a few days for the new Powerbooks to be listed at Amazon.com) and take advantage of your rebates the prices are.

$1999 1.5ghz no Superdrive + 0 tax + 0 shipping - 150 rebate = 1849
$2299 1.67ghz w/ Superdrive + 0 tax + 0 shipping - 150 rebate = $2149

So, if you can find some third party 512 ram for $2204 - $2149 = $55 you'd be in a perfect position to get the 1.67 you desire for the price you were willing to pay for the 1.5.

Course we both know your not going to find ram for $55. But, I thought that finding a cheaper machine might help you get the rig you really want.
 

Deslock

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Bear said:
did you remember to select the SuperDrive when configuring the 1.5GHz? And did you select the same 1GB upgrade on both? (1 DIMM vs 2 DIMM)?
Both are with the superdrive and 2 DIMMs; the price difference appears to be only for the CPU speed (well, and you have the option to upgrade video memory with the faster model).

durvivor said:
$2069 1.5 GHz + 135 tax = 2204
$2234 1.67 GHz + 145 tax = 2379.

If you purchase at Amazon.com (If you wait a few days for the new Powerbooks to be listed at Amazon.com) and take advantage of your rebates the prices are.

$1999 1.5ghz no Superdrive + 0 tax + 0 shipping - 150 rebate = 1849
$2299 1.67ghz w/ Superdrive + 0 tax + 0 shipping - 150 rebate = $2149

So, if you can find some third party 512 ram for $2204 - $2149 = $55 you'd be in a perfect position to get the 1.67 you desire for the price you were willing to pay for the 1.5.
There will be no tax (or rebates) as I'm buying for my school's department. Both models are within budget, but I don't want to waste money so I'm probably gonna go with the 1.5.

I just realized that I probably should've posted this at the buying tips forum. Anyway, thanks for the replies everyone.
 

Lancetx

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I would definitely go with the 1.5GHz model and save the money. From all I can see the two models are identical otherwise. YMMV of course depending on what you need personally. :)
 
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