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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cake90036, Jul 1, 2010.
Does either of these have turbo boost? Im pretty sure that the 2.53 does up to 2.93 right?
They both have turbo boost. From what I can tell Apple charges $200 more ($150 more for students) for a 153 Mhz boost and 180GB more hard drive space. Ridiculous considering you can EASILY overclock any i5 153Mhz more and a 500GB 7200RPM laptop hardrive can be had in under $80 dollars. Many manufacturer's do this because people don't really know about the sweet spots when it comes to specs. With the i7 upgrade you may actually see a difference, because it has some more cache and more graphics memory, but IMO, still not worth it for the huge price premium.
I am getting the 2.4Ghz in a few weeks. If you really need the hard drive space, buy a 7200RPM 500GB HD from newegg for ~$80 and keep the 320GB hard drive it comes with as a spare or get an external enclosure for it for ~$20. 153Mhz overclocking isn't even worth it but it can be done.
Edit: Just noticed the stock 320GB and 500GB hard drives are 5400RPM, making the upgrade to the 2.53Ghz model even less worth it.
the 2.4 can go to 2.93, however past 2.66, it is single core. Expect similar with the 2.53 only with a .13GHz differential. It is a minor bump. The i7 can be as much as 30% faster with certain programs.
I would like to see some evidence of this. I would expect a 10% increase with the i7 over the base 2.4 i5 and about 5% over the 2.53.
i thought there has been threads bout this? i may be wrong though lol
I wish it was not so, then I could get this upgrade bug out of my noggin
benchmarks from the video show about 10% improvement from base 2.4 to i7 2.66.
Yeah, none of the benchmark results in that video made me wish i paid extra for the i7. And the video demonstrates that the jump from the 2.4 i5 to the 2.53 i5 provides little to no performance gain for the average user. Thus not worth the extra $200 IMO.
If you really wanted to get the best value for your money you can buy the 15" i5 for $400 cheaper than the 15" i7 and use that extra money to pick up an SSD drive and a 24" 1080p external monitor. Then you've got a computer that dominates the stock i7 in most performance tests and a much larger external screen with higher resolution and antiglare.