128MB VRAM and 40GB HD space for $500?!?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by w8ing4intelmacs, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. w8ing4intelmacs macrumors 6502a

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    Is the higher end MacBook Pro 15" really worth the extra $500? As far as I can tell, all you get is more video ram and a little more hard drive space.

    In fact, since the upgrade to 160GB is only $75, it seems that Apple is charging $425 for the extra video ram. Ouch.
     
  2. eXan macrumors 601

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    If you dont like it, dont buy it. Simple.

    BTW dont forget that Intel's higher-end CPUs cost more than the performance boost they give you (like 2 ghz Core2 vs 2.33 upgrade, which was just a waste of money) and the high-end MBP has 2.4 GHz Core2, as opposed to 2.2 in low-end.
     
  3. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

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    There are MANY posts regarding this, search a little and you will find a ton of posts
     
  4. Alloye macrumors 6502a

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    Not quite. The CPU is also 200MHz faster. It's up to the consumer to decide if the combination of additional features is worth the cost.
     
  5. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    Oh... so the processor upgrade is free?

    By the way it costs Apple almost $200 extra to go up that 1 step in CPU.
     
  6. Spoony Bard macrumors regular

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    Bulk pricing (cost per unit for 1000 units) for the processors in the MBP is as follows...

    T7500 (2.2GHz): $316
    T7700 (2.4GHz): $530
    http://www.intel.com/intel/finance/pricelist/processor_price_list.pdf

    That's a difference in cost of $214. I stress the "cost" part because it's only reasonable to expect Apple to charge us more than what they pay for (unless you're expecting them to build you their products for free).

    I too thought that the $500 difference in price between the 2.2GHz and 2.4GHz MBPs was a little much, but it turns out to be quite justified. You'll always pay a hefty premium for top of the line processors.
     
  7. w8ing4intelmacs thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    that might be true, but it is also why the "higher"-end 15" MBP depreciates so much faster. the core duo mbp's go for about the same despite the "higher" processor. i suspect that in another generation, the same will be said of the core 2 duo mbps.
     

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