2.0 or 2.4

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by redking31591, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. redking31591 macrumors 6502

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    I will be getting a new macbook in the near future. Should I splurge and get the 2.4 or stick with the 2.0. I will be using the computer for college work, the internet and maybe the ocassional game like spore. The backlit keyboard means nothing to me.
     
  2. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    I have the same question. Can we change the title of the thread so that it's easier to find?
     
  3. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    MacWorld's benchmarks show that the 2.0 and 2.4 processors give virtually the same performance in games. There's a 1fps difference in Quake 4.

    I have the 2.0 and it performs extremely well. I don't see any slowdown and I wouldn't expect to. I don't see the point of wasting £200 extra on the 2.4 when the difference is so small.
     
  4. arthursiew macrumors 6502

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    I was in the same situation and made my move to the 2.0GHz. Why? The 2.0GHz model is already great. There's really not much of a difference and also... they are both Intel Core 2 Duos! The backlit keyboard isn't much, but if you need a bigger hard drive, you can upgrade it yourself or go to the Online Store and upgrade that. Other than that, the 2.0GHz model will be a good choice for those basic tasks and Spore too. The new graphics card will be great with Spore.
     
  5. iMouse macrumors regular

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    2.4

    If the performance scale is the same as the iMac 2.0 vs 2.4, then go with the 2.4. Under heavy use (lots of processes and threads open), my 2.4 at home performs much better than my 2.0 at work.

    RAM makes a lot of difference as well. If you can afford it, go with 4GB to ensure that your bottleneck isn't a lack of RAM.
    :D
     
  6. kenned macrumors member

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    I bought the 2.0 model, but would have gone with the 2,4 if i had the money for it. I find that white on black keys are really hard to read in the dark, so i really miss the backlit keyboard. everything else is great, i'll upgrade the HDD to something much bigger in the future though ;)
     
  7. LinMac macrumors 65816

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    You might want to look into buying the stock 2.0GHz then upgrading the ram and hard drive. 4GB ram and 320GB 7200rpm HD might be a pretty good upgrade. :)
     
  8. Bengt77 macrumors 68000

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  9. sangosimo Guest

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    2.0ghz. The cpu won't be your bottleneck in this rig.
     
  10. MatLane macrumors 6502a

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    yep, i think you would easily get away with 2.0
     
  11. fikkser macrumors member

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    The overall difference is like 8-10%. Is it worth it? not considering the back lit.
     
  12. scienide09 macrumors 65816

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    I went with the 2.0, as the price premium on the 2.4 wasn't worth it for my uses. Hopefully it will arrive today or tomorrow.
     

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