13" Macbook pro 2.66ghz Vs Core i5 15" MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JamesGorman, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. JamesGorman macrumors 65816

    JamesGorman

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    Hello everyone,
    This is my first post in quite sometime. Recently my alu macbook 2.4ghz has been acting up. Best buy is going to replace it with a 2.66ghz Macbook Pro, but I am thinking about paying the difference of $300.00 and getting the i5. I do a bit of video editing, like making vids for youtube and family videos. Will I notice a huge difference? Or at least enough of a difference to warant the spending of the extra cash.

    Thanks in advance,
    James
     
  2. AdamRock macrumors 6502a

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    if you do get the 13" put an ssd in it, it speeds it up A LOT.
     
  3. WardC macrumors 68030

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    The answer, YES. The i5 has hyperthreading and it's a faster processor with more cache, so you will notice significantly better performance on the i5 (about 25-30% faster) than the 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo. Well worth the extra 300". Plus it's a 15" display and you can't go wrong there.
     
  4. mk1ap macrumors member

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    Faster and a bigger screen is a win win for the video editing you do.
     
  5. TopHatPlus macrumors 6502

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    Yes the i5 has turbo boost and hyper threading, which help huge when editing media, especially when you are rendering and editing clips =D definitely worth the upgrade
     
  6. WardC macrumors 68030

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    This is an absolute no-brainer. The i5 is worth it anyday. The performance boost is like going from 3500 to 5800 when you look at raw Geekbench numbers.
     
  7. tpg macrumors regular

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    Was going to say the same thing about geekbench - especially given the fact that my three year old macbook with a 2.2GHz C2D scores around 3000 on geekbench...

    Obviously the difference is even more prominent than that, because you get a significantly better graphics chip too. If performance is more important than portability, the 15" i5 would probably suit you better!
     
  8. Hisdem macrumors 6502a

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    13 incher will score 4000 in Geekbench easily. However, if portability is a non issue, I would go for the i5 anyday.
     

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