2.3 GHZ or 2.6 GHZ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Jack25, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. Jack25 macrumors regular

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    Basically I need to buy a new MBP but the retina one does not interest me. It's a straight shot between a 2.3 GHZ or 2.6 GHZ legacy model.

    I will be using it mainly for E-Mail, Internet, 100GB of music, basic photo editing, word processing, streaming, downloading and watching TV shows/Movies and playing the odd game or two (mainly Football Manager and GTA).

    Do I need 2.6 GHZ or will 2.3 GHZ be fine? I'm swaying towards the 2.3GHZ model but I'm not sure whether I should get 2.6 GHZ just to be on the safe side.
     
  2. Fynd macrumors 6502

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    Is the price difference worth the theoretical ~12% performance increase when pushed?

    When the 2.3 becomes obselete, the 2.6 will be too.

    There also looks to be a case for a big battery life improvement in the 2.3 over the 2.6..

    For what you're looking to do, I'd spend the money elsewhere.
     
  3. DTF macrumors member

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    For what you're doing on the computer save your money on the higher processor, you'll never notice a difference. More memory and SSD (if money permits) will be more noticeable.
     
  4. Jack25 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I thought the 2.3 and 2.6 both had the same battery life.

    And when you say you'd spend it elsewhere, what would you suggest instead?
     
  5. Himecchi macrumors member

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    I'm a poor so I ended up just buying the purely base model but now I kind of regret not getting the bump up to 16 GB of ram
     
  6. Jack25 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I was planning on getting 8GB of ram and 750GB ATA Drive at 7200rpm. SSD would be nice but it would cost too much to get anywhere near that kind of hard drive.
     
  7. J.L.Photography macrumors 6502

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    Online or in store? If online, it's probably 3-4 weeks, just edit the order.
     
  8. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Get the 2.3. The real life speed difference isn't going to be that great and better to spend your money on future RAM upgrade or installed and SSD. An SSD will really do wonders. I have an "ancient" Corsair in my current 13" and it still is loads faster than the best HD.
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    I don't think you're going to notice any appreciable improvement in performance jumping to 2.6 from 2.3. The cost for the higher end retina MBP is quite high, so much I struggle to justify the cost. If you need the larger SSD then it makes sense. If you want to order the higher end on just to be on the safe side, well I think you don't need too.
     
  10. Jack25 thread starter macrumors regular

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    So it's okay for me to get the 2.3 with 8gb ram and upgrade the SSD in the future?
     
  11. Fynd macrumors 6502

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    "Despite all that performance, we were still impressed by the battery life. In our standard rundown test, which involves looping a video with WiFi on and the display set at a fixed brightness, we netted an impressive seven hours and 49 minutes on the 2.6GHz model. The 2.3GHz model lasted an average of nine hours and 22 minutes -- a runtime so long we at first thought it was a fluke. After repeated runs, though, we kept turning up similar results."

    - Engadget review. Still waiting to hear more about this from others, as that's a huge difference.

    Spend on storage or RAM, or even just keep the difference.
     
  12. Jack25 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Do you have a link to that review? I've struggled to find reviews for the new Legacy models.
     
  13. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Sure. The 13" is very easy to upgrade. It's just a few screws to remove the bottom and the drive and RAM are right there. (You'll need a torx driver to take the drive out...forget what size. Either 6 or 8 I think. Check with ifixit.com. They have a complete pictorial on how to do both installs. It's very handy.)
     
  14. Jack25 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I might just do this then.

    Is it possible to have a normal hard drive and an SSD installed at the same time? And how do you manually configure which is the primary hard drive?

    EDIT: And 1 more question, is there a major difference between NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 512MB of GDDR5 memory and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory?
     
  15. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Yes, you can do SSD + SSD or HD if you pull the optical drive. OWC (macsales.com) sells the kit to do this. This is the one thing I'll miss about the non-Retina MBPs. They are so flexible this way.

    As to your video card question, if you play games w/ lots of motion or will be doing a lot of video composting with Motion or After Effects and/or using multiple monitors then 1GB is worth it. Otherwise 512MB is plenty.
     
  16. Jack25 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your reply. Much appreciated.
     
  17. HyeRuL macrumors newbie

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    Mac Book Pro 2.3 or 2.6

    Hii there..could you mind to give me an idea..which is better..Macbook Pro with 2.3Ghz or 2.6Ghz..for now, 2.3 have 4gb of ram and 500gb od HDD and 2.6Ghz have 8GB ram and 750GB of HDD..the price on Malaysia Country almost 19% differences between 2.3 and 2.6..please help me..
     

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