2.4 vs. 2.5 processor

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by crazypilot48, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. crazypilot48 macrumors newbie

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    I'm looking to get a MBP for college and I'm still undecided on whether I should get the 2.4 GHz processor or the 2.5 GHz. Is it worth the $500 to upgrade to the 2.5 GHz? Will it be that much faster? I know I'm upgrading to 4 GB of RAM and to the 200 GB Hardrive @ 7200 RPM.
     
  2. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    It really depends on how important VRAM is to you.
     
  3. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    they are both the same type of processor but only differ in the number of GHz and maybe the size of L2 Cache.

    the difference is pretty negligable and youd only notice the difference if you were using a full load of CPU cycles when encoding video but even then it would only be slightly faster

    i would go for the 2.4 GHz
     
  4. crazypilot48 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    well what about the video card? i noticed if you upgrade to the 2.5 the video card expands to 512 mb
     
  5. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    ^ yes thats what aaronw1986 was saying. if youre into gaming then get the 2.5. but the extra 128 MB of vram wouldnt really make that much of a difference in day to day stuff… either would the extra 0.1 GHz
     
  6. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    IMO the 2.5 Ghz MBP is one of the worst ways you can spend $500. That VRAM isn't going to mean a thing unless you're driving a whole lot of pixels, like a 30" display + the MBP screen. And the .1 Ghz isn't going to do a thing for you except speed up things like handbrake encodes by a very, very small amount.

    I can't see any reason to get the 2.5 unless $500 means very little to you, or you just like being able to say you have the top of the line model (in which case you better go up to the 2.6 Ghz processor anyway).
     
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