2.4 or 2.53?

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  1. ghall macrumors 68040

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    I was originally going to get the 2.4GHz model, but due to a little personal budget surplus I was wondering if it would be worth the extra money to get the 2.53GHz model. I'll be buying it at an Apple retailer (not the Apple Store) so I don't think the 2.8GHz will be available to me, am I correct?

    Also, about how long after the original announcement do Apple retailers get their first shipment?
     
  2. jTreu macrumors 6502

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    If you have the money the bump in vram is nice I would go for it assuming your using some graphics intensive programs
     
  3. ghall thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Well I'm a pretty hardcore gamer. :)

    I'm not sure what the benefit of more VRAM is though, besides the fact that it's better.
     
  4. jTreu macrumors 6502

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    For gaming it will make a noticeable difference
     
  5. cbass macrumors newbie

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    You should as well consider, that the 2,54 Ghz version has 6MB of L2 cache and the 2,4Ghz only 4MB. I guess thats the major difference because 140Mhz isn' that much.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    By the way, it's not 2.52GHz or 2.54GHz....
     

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  7. stooley macrumors regular

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    The 2.4 has 3 MB L2 Cache...not 4.
     
  8. RJones macrumors newbie

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    If you plan on gaming a lot (which you said you do), get the fastest processor that you can afford.
     
  9. ghall thread starter macrumors 68040

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    There seems to be some trouble with numbers in this thread, LOL.

    Anyways, I'm settled on the higher end MacBook Pro, but will I be able to get the 2.8GHz at a retail store? I'm not too comfortable with having it shipped (plus I don't want to pay $2,000+ for something then have to wait a week), but if the 2.8 is a major improvement over 2.53 and I can only get it through the online store, I will consider it. If its not worth it then I'll just forget about it.
     
  10. Nipz macrumors 65816

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    If you can afford the 2.8 then get it. Just get the best you can now, then it will last longer!

    Wouldnt you rather have what you want and wait a little while than get the second best thing and regret it?
     
  11. Aniki macrumors regular

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    Get 2.53 GHz, it would make a BIG noticable difference in gaming, and it would make it run smoother with 4 gig RAM, extra VRAM, and a bigger HDD. It would be a much wiser choice. :)
     
  12. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Actually it's 2.527GHz ;)
     
  13. Nipz macrumors 65816

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    no ones likes a smart ass...! o wait. Yea we do :D
     
  14. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    2.53 is def the one to get if you are not a serial upgrader, i.e., you'll be keeping this one for 3-4 years and you need the extra power. You are paying about $255 extra just for the faster processor. If you'll use it it's well worth the $.

    I opted for the 2.4 and bought 3rd party RAM and bigger/faster drive for $250 total. I am a somewhat serial upgrader and don't need the fastest laptop around it would have been money wasted in my case.
     
  15. delude macrumors 6502

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    Sorry to go off topic, but just to ask a quick question, how long do you think the 2.4GHz model will last? Do you think it will be able to get all of the OS updates for 3-4 years to come? It's just that the 2.4 has the 256mb 9600M GT where as the two other options have the 512mb.
     
  16. plinden macrumors 68040

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    Are you asking if it'll run whatever newer versions of OS X come out in the next 3-4 years? If so, a resounding yes.

    My three year old 1.83GHz iMac will still be able to run OS X.7 in 3-4 years time (by then I'll have passed it on to my daughter). My in-law's seven year old iMac runs Tiger ok.
     
  17. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    Aside from gaming, what else will benefit from the increased L2 cache?
     
  18. ghall thread starter macrumors 68040

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    From what I understand it benefits a lot with any processor intensive task.

    I'm pretty much sold on the 2.53GHz if I have the money (which I should). I'm so giddy now. :)

    PS: Love the siggy. :D
     
  19. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I can't wait to congratulate you. :p
     
  20. ghall thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Neither can I. ;)
     
  21. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    OK, thanks.

    And thanks, again. :)
     
  22. StatiK76 macrumors member

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    I have never met anyone that said "Gee, I really wish I got the slower CPU"
    I think that alone speaks for itself ...

    StatiK76
     
  23. delude macrumors 6502

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    Thank you very much :D
     
  24. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    Sure, but you hear people saying they wish they had a extra $500 in the bank.
     
  25. StatiK76 macrumors member

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    true enough. In times like this ... I REALLY do wish I had some cash ...

    StatiK76
     

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