15.4 or 17" i7 MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by PaulCon, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. PaulCon macrumors member

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    Hi all,

    I've just sold me 2009 2.26 13" MBP and my 2.5 i5 Mac Mini to get an i7 MBP, basically with my £1100 I was looking on eBay and I can either get an early 2011 17" model or a 15.4" Oct 2011.

    I've always wanted a 17" MBP but I wondered if the performance of the late 2011 15.4" will be a lot better than the early '11 17"? I know that their both quad core i7's but the main concern for me is the upgraded 512/1gb graphics in the newer MBP's.

    What are your thoughts guys (an gals)?

    Cheers

    Paul
     
  2. darkmaxdevil macrumors member

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    I believe that early 2011 17" is 6750m 1GB.
    And top 15" late 2011 is 6770m 1GB
    that would be a few percent difference.
     
  3. shardey macrumors 6502a

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    And with the 6750m (probably as well with the 6770m) you can easily over clock it to achieve beyond the performance of the 6770m.

    The 17" is a great laptop and has nice screen real estate. Check out Amazon Warehouse for refurbished/ return Macbook pros. My friend picked up an early 11 15" for $1350 and was refunded $350 for iLife not being installed (it was on the restoration discs that he DID get)!!
     
  4. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    So what he did was illegal?
     
  5. PaulCon thread starter macrumors member

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    To be honest I think the 17" i7 is a couple of £'s out of my budget, I could only afford an i5 2010 one:(

    Looks like it's a 15.4" i7 then :)
     
  6. chilly7 macrumors member

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    get 17 :)
     
  7. kgeier82 macrumors 65816

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    Just bought the early 17 2011 on eBay from Macmall. 1779 new. And faster than late 2011. Video card is a little slower but the CPU has more features and performance.
     
  8. ixodes macrumors 601

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    If there's any way you can reach beyond your budget a bit, I'd highly suggest the 17". I have both sizes and find the 17" display simply stunning. At a very modest 1 lb. heavier and a tad bit larger foot print, it's easily portable. I carry mine frequently without a second thought.
     

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