15" MBP Early 2011 i7 , 2.0 GHZ ?

paulie6978

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Jun 16, 2010
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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?

thanks
 

axu539

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Dec 31, 2010
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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.
 

hellstorm12345

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Jun 24, 2012
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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.
 

appletechpro

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Jun 26, 2012
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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.
 

mon.semblable

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Aug 4, 2012
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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.
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!