13in 2.3 ghz macbook pro compared to 13in 2.7ghz macbook pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cttooch, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. cttooch macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2007
    i am trying to decide on what macbook pro to purchase

    i will be running mostly lightroom and nik software

    is there a huge speed difference compard to the 2.3ghz to the 2.7ghz
  2. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
    Big D
    I'd get the 2.3 and use the difference on an SSD installed by you. Keep the HDD that comes with it and put that where the optical drive currently is. Use an external USB DVD drive.

    Or, use the difference for a quality ext monitor or new lens for the Cam. The extra .4Ghz doesn't give much of a return, just saves a few seconds here and there.
  3. mike2732 macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2011
    The high-end 13" gets a geekbench score of 6796 while my 2.3 GHz gets 10401 on 32-bit.
    See here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=12218207&postcount=85
    And here: http://www.primatelabs.ca/blog/2011/02/macbookpro-benchmarks-early-2011/]


    Sorry, I didn't see that you were comparing 2 models of 13", I thought you were comparing 15/17" to 13".

    Now that I got it right....

    The 2.7 13" gets 6796 while the 2.3 13" gets 5900... So a different of almost 1000. That's up to you whether it's worth it or not.
  4. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    Geekbench doesn't mean a whole lot.

    Figure on 5-10% improvement from the 2.7 over the 2.3 for most processor intensive tasks.
  5. kobyh15 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2011
    Most will tell you to get the i5 and a SSD. That would be my advice as well unless you plan on doing full disk encryption or running any I/O devices in a virtual machine. If those two tasks aren't something that you would do, then the i5 is the best/smartest choice for you.
  6. LightSpeed1 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2009
    Washington D.C.
    How difficult is it to remove the optical drive and replace it with second hard drive?

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