2.4 GHz vs 2.66GHz

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  1. ThemacNub macrumors regular

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    Looking to buy a 15" macbook pro for uni studies and want to now if the difference between the 2.4 i5 and 2.66 i7 is notable? The RAM and HHD will all be replaced and was wondering if the clock speed is worth the extra 600 (does the extra 256mb graphics change much either?) ?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Nobody can tell you anything unless you say what you're using your machine for.

    Neither will make a difference in facebook's loading time, nor will it help you type a paper any faster.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    Depending on the software you intend will dictate whether you really do see a difference between the i5 and i7. Normal, business apps, and web browsing, will not see much.

    i7 brings hyperthreading, so a highly threaded app will benefit, and also running lots of demanding apps at the same time (that are multithreaded) will also see a benefit.

    The extra vram, will not be noticable too much at all, and shouldn't be part of the decision matrix
     
  4. mark28 macrumors 68000

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    The i5 has hyperthreading too.

    i7 = a little bit faster, more expensive, worse battery life.
     
  5. vsighi macrumors 6502

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    I have the 2.66...very expensive for my 0.03 seconds fast.:confused:
     
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    Thanks for the clarification, I was under (the wrongful) opinion that it was just the i7
     
  7. Hisdem macrumors 6502a

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    You're actually right in a way maflynn. Quad Core i5's on iMacs don't have hyperthreading. Only the i7's do ;)
     
  8. JamesGorman macrumors 65816

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    The mobile i5's and i7's are actually very similar. There may only be a difference of a few seconds in even the most intensive apps. Its not really worth it IMO. Thats why I didnt spend the extra cash on the i7. Likewise, I would have even been able to get away with the 2.4ghz i5, but I wanted the extra HDD space. I know I could have upgraded it myself, but I didn't feel like it lol.
     
  9. ThemacNub thread starter macrumors regular

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    I intend on using aperture, final cut express and photoshop cs5.
     
  10. Neolithium macrumors 6502a

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    2.4 i5 Should be just fine, I'd toss in 8GB of aftermarket RAM (Don't upgrade through Apple, you'll save a nice chunk of change).
     
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