2.4 ghz i5 vs. 2.53 ghz i5

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by owlbabu, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. owlbabu macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2010
    With the educational discount the 2.53 ghz i5 is only $60 more than the baseline 2.4 ghz i5. Isn't it good sense to just get the 2.53 i5, or is the 130 Mhz really that pointless and/or negligible?

    I will probably be installing an SSD myself later this year anyway, so I should have a fast computer.

    What do you guys think? Should I get a 2.4 ghz i5 or 2.53 ghz i5.

    By the way I won't be using this computer for intense photo editing or something. I'm in college so I'll be programming, writing papers, watching HD movies, playing games occasionally, and having bootcamp.

    I want a good laptop to last me through college.

  2. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    133 MHz makes very little difference. Get the 2.4GHz machine. If you have the $$ to blow, go ahead with the 2.53GHz model.

    Now, a SSD or more RAM would make much more of a difference than 133MHz.
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    The extra 130 MHz really is negligible, although for $60, why not. Plus you get the 500GB HDD with that as well. Overall, not too much different, but if you have the few extra bucks, and want the extra 180 gigs of HDD for use later as an external or whatever, go ahead. Or you could get the lower end, and buy a nice mouse with the $60.
  4. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    The OP's math is a bit off. It's not $60 for the upgrade from the 2.4 to the 2.53, that's only when you upgrade the hard drive on the 2.4 to match the 2.53. If you were going to upgrade the hard drive anyway to 500GB then yes, it's $60 but my recommendation is to keep your $60, it could be better spent on accessories. The 2.4 is still the best deal. Today's CPU hungry applications won't see any benefit of the extra 130Mhz.
  5. owlbabu thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2010
    Yes, I meant with 500 gb @ 7200 rpm with student discount.
  6. elleana macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2009
  7. owlbabu thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2010
    Nothing, that forum i hoped would tell me about hi res or not (thats what the topic basically changed to)
  8. altecXP macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2009
    Do the MacBooks not throttle the Core i5's like they should?

    If so the 2.53 should throttle up to 3.06 GHz and the 2.4 would max at 2.93
  9. demonsavatar macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
    Maybe I wasn't clear on the other thread:

    2.4Ghz Model = $1699
    500GB HD (@ newegg for example) = $60

    $1699 + $60 = $1759

    2.53Ghz Model = $1849

    Difference = $1849 - $1759 = $90

    And if you upgrade the hard drive yourself with the 2.4Ghz model you have a spare 320GB also and $90 left over.

    Almost everyone agreed in the last thread that the 2.4Ghz -> 2.53Ghz upgrade is a waste of money, even at $60, although it is actually a $90 upgrade if you consider the hard drive can be upgraded for less if done yourself.
  10. opera57 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2009
    Yeah I think I would personally go for the 2.4! If you upgrade the hard drive yourself the 320gb in an external caddy would definitely be useful for something like time machine! [​IMG]
  11. Mac7 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2009
  12. elleana macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2009
    Although if you have money to burn and would like to pay for new turtlenecks for Steve Jobs, I don't think anyone around these parts would object.

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