2.0 ghz vs. 2.16 ghz MBP, both with 3G ram

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by logansosa, Jun 1, 2007.

  1. logansosa macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2007
    I defenitely will be going 3GB because I would like to run parrallels, but the question is will there be a big difference between a 2.0 ghz processor/3 GB ram/256 MB VDram and a 2.16 ghz processor/3GB ram/256 MB Vdram? Is the extra .16 ghz worth an extra $100 for a film student in California (saving even $100 helps).
  2. Igantius macrumors 65816

    Apr 29, 2007
    Currently, there aren't any benchmarks for these configurations - OWC will be releasing some shortly though.

    The 0.16GHz benefit is a minor one - various reviews benchmarking it are starting to emerge and your best bet is to have a look at the evidence and make your mind up then.
  3. Nicolasdec macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2006
    São Paulo
    You probely wont even notice a deifrence between 2.0 GHz and 2.16 GHz.
  4. Shaduu macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2007
    Macs run better with more memory instead of a .16GHz speed bump. You might as well save your money and go for a 2.0GHz machine.
  5. aquajet macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    Save the money. An extra .16 isn't going to make your life much easier.
  6. ironic23 macrumors 6502

    Feb 8, 2006
    if i am not mistaken, only the c2d MBPs (2.16ghz and 2.33ghz models) can take the 3gb of ram. the 2.00ghz and 2.16ghz modesl were core duo which can only read 2gb of ram. (correct me if i am wrong anyone)

    to the op: you might want to check the validity of the 3gb ram in the MBP you want to get. you sound like you are buying a core duo machine instead of the core 2 duo one which takes up to 3gb of ram.
  7. Squonk macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2005
    You are correct.

    One small point, of the Core Duos, there were 1.83, 2.0 and 2.16 models sold.
    Of the Core 2 Duos, there have been 2.16 and 2.33 models.
  8. logansosa thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2007
    After looking closer I see the light

    I didn't look to closely at the Mac Refurb store, they were mostly the Core Duo MB's and MBP's. I have never really read up on the details of the core duo and core 2 duo, Is there a huge difference between them, because I decided to go Macbook, but again made the mistake of not being attentive, I purchased the 2.0ghz core duo MB which had only 60gb HD but I already have a 160GB Ata HD at home, so I will use that, now just have to replace the 512MB ram with 2G, but that is if I keep it. Since it was only $849, the price is defenitely right, but I don't want to be stuck with a slow machine, any input would help, thanks.
  9. ironic23 macrumors 6502

    Feb 8, 2006
    if you're planning to swap the 60gb hd with your 160gb ATA hd, it wont work. the MBs take SATA hds. the machine is considerably fast comparing it to the old g4 ibooks but i guess it all depends on what you use it for.
  10. logansosa thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2007
    mac store listed it wrong then

    I am sorry, that is what I have too, i was forgeting about the Serial part of SATA, but I have an SATA harddrive.
  11. logansosa thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2007
    Mainly, I plan on taking in-class notes with it, watching movies, and going on the internet, I will do my gaming and FCP editing on my desktop.
  12. ironic23 macrumors 6502

    Feb 8, 2006
    it seems basic enough usage for a MB. i would say that you made the right choice going with a MB as opposed to a MBP as the MBP would be an overkill for those needs. enjoy the MB and be careful when exchanging the hard drives.
  13. logansosa thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2007
    Just wondering if there is any major difference between swapping a pc notebook harddrive and swapping a macbook HD, as this is my first Mac, I have not become acquainted with the product yet, but if swapping a mac HD is the same as swapping a PC HD (unscrew HD compartment and then just swap and rescrew HD compartment) then I should be fine since I have swapped many Pc notebook HD's.

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