15" MBP Early 2011 i7 , 2.0 GHZ ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by paulie6978, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. paulie6978 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2010
    Philadelphia, PA
    Just ordered a early 2011 MBP 15 inch with i7, 8gb ram, 1TB memorya and 2.0 GHZ

    im concerned with the 2 GHZ.. will this slow down the laptop? can this be upgraded? Should i expect any lag or slowing down due to the 2 GHZ processor?

  2. axu539 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2010
    It will be fine. People on MacRumors always complain about specs, but for most people, they don't need remotely close to what they get. The 2.0 GHz from last year is just as capable today as it was last year.
  3. paulie6978 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2010
    Philadelphia, PA
    can it be upgraded
  4. Raptura macrumors 6502


    Sep 6, 2008
    Toronto, Canada / London, UK
    Of course not! One thing that's never replaceable on a laptop is a CPU.

    Also, the i7 from last year is still very good.
  5. hellstorm12345 macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2012
    The i7 will turboboost and raise the base clock of the CPU. For load on one core, it goes up to 2.9 Ghz for example. The CPU will be overkill for most people.
  6. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    Unless you're doing something really processor intensive, you'd have to be Mr. Data to tell the difference.

    "Captain, the application took 4/1000th of a second longer to complete on this machine."
  7. appletechpro macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2012
    Yeah, I own a 2.0 i7 MBP and it performs very well, even when maxing out my 16 GB RAM by running 3-4 simultaneous Linux virtual machines. With a load of 4 the MBP is still responsive.

    The weakest point in that laptop is the AMD 6490M GPU.
  8. mon.semblable macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2012
    European Union
    Exactly my thoughts, your graphic card is the weakest link. The GPU is relatively slow but I see an issue with only 256MB VRAM.
    You should worry about it only in case you're planning on playing recent games. Otherwise, the graphic card will serve you just fine.

    As for the processor, I believe you have absolutely nothing to worry about. It's an i7 quad core, it's a proper beast! :)
    I own an 2008 2.5GHZ Core 2 Duo and I have no problems working with CAD software such as ArchiCAD 15 or AutoCAD 2012 on medium-size architectural projects.

    Enjoy your new computer!

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