2.0/9400m or 2.4/Intel X3100?

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  1. macagain macrumors regular

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    Looking to set a college freshman up with a macbook... would you go for:

    1. updated mb (plastic) 2.0Ghz with the new nvidia 9400m chip, or
    2. prev. gen top of the line 2.4Ghz with the old Intel X3100 (refurbs seem to be avail. for 949/999)

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  2. RedDragon870503 macrumors 6502

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  3. akbc macrumors 6502

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    I'd go for Unibody.

    Better trackpad, minimal CPU difference, faster RAM, better GPU...

    Besides, if you want to use Snow Leopard to its full potential in the future, I'm sure 9400M is a better investment for you!

    +1 for Unibody MB 2.0GHz :D

    EDIT: Didn't read your post carefully enough :(
    go with the updated 9400M WhiteBook :)
     
  4. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    Without much thought and disregarding anything and everything except the specs mentioned in your post.... the 9400M. And with OS 10.6 believe me Apple had a pretty solid reason to choose the 9400M over X3100...
     
  5. RedDragon870503 macrumors 6502

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    He wasn't asking about a unibody... He was asking about the white plastic one with the ungraded internals... Which is $949 new from the edu store.
     
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  7. akbc macrumors 6502

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    Whoops, didn't read there.

    I'd say still go for the updated MB :)
     
  8. cogsinister macrumors 6502a

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    I dont think any of the plastic MacBooks have an Nvidia chipset.......


    *EDIT*

    I was wrong !!!

    I never realised the 2.0 whitebook they sell now had the Nvidia chipset.......
     
  9. Yoda3984 macrumors member

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    They do now. The entry-level MacBook was updated last week.

    Edit: Oh, and I'd vote for the updated MacBook.
     
  10. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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  12. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    He he... LOL... I understand!

    So many of us gather the tidbits from the forum spy that we do tend to forget that there exists something www.macrumors.com
     
  13. RedDragon870503 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, go with the white 2.0 with the 9400m... It'll be superior for MOST things once OpenCL is implemented across the board.
     
  14. Patriks7 macrumors 65816

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    Another vote for the 9400M MacBook. The X3100 plainly just.. sucks.
     
  15. Blakely028 macrumors regular

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    I would go for the 2.0/9400M due to the fact that the processor is a newer-generation as well as the graphics card being really good, and your getting more for your money that way :D
     
  16. children macrumors regular

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    also with the 9400m.

    You will see minimal (if none) difference from the 2.0ghz to 2.4ghz upgrade, but you will notice a great difference going from X3100 to 9400m..
     
  17. hsleiman macrumors regular

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    I think we've already made your decision for you :D, but +1 for the 9400M. I almost bought a MBP bc my experience with past notebooks had made me wary of integrated graphics but I find the 9400M to be very suitable for my needs. BTW I am a college student.
     

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