2.4Ghz and 2.66Ghz Core2Duo 13" MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by deepak.selvaraj, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. deepak.selvaraj macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2010
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  3. Tempto macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2010
  4. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    To give more detail -- all else the same, the only difference you'll see is in stuff that's CPU bound like video encoding, super large spreadsheet calcs, numerical simulations, other engineering/CAD stuff, etc. Let's say something (processing a video clip to a different format) takes 30 minutes of 100% CPU on a 2.4GHz system. All else the same, a 2.66GHZ CPU system would do the same job in 27 minutes. The faster CPU saves you 3 minutes. If you do this all day long, maybe it's worth it to upgrade; if you do it once a month, probably not.

    For most stuff we do; web, email, word processing, etc. the CPU is nearly idle that vast majority of time. Sure it may spike to 100% for ten seconds here, five seconds there. You'd never notice a 10% CPU speed increase in those instances.

    So... it depends on your usage, but generally speaking if you're not hammering the CPU to 100% all day every day then a 10% CPU speed increase within the same family is unlikely to make a discernible difference. Spend your money instead on a faster hard disk or better yet a good SSD and you'll see much better performance for your money.
  5. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005

    Something i REALLY whacked with apples pricing on this puppy. I mean, the 2.66 is 300$ more than the 2.4, and all one gets is the processor bump and 70!! GB more HD space.

    For 75$ one can get a nice 500GB drive running at 7200 rpm, and BEAT the 2.66 for most tasks. Was there some wierd priced drop on ONE of these models that I missed? Apple usually makes SOME sense in their pricing. I could imagine MAYBE if the 2.4 only had the older LCD, but it doesn't it has the nice new one.
  6. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    I'll go you one better. $1000 for a 2.4 MBP13 at Microcenter brick & mortar. Add $450 for a 240GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSD at Newegg. $50 less than the 2.6 MBP13 and how do you figure the performance comparison would be for everyday tasks? :D
  7. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2010
    it's the same with the 2.4 i5 - the i5 is 400 BUCKS CHEAPER than the 2.66 i7! And the i7 is only about 10-15% faster.

    It's my understanding that the BASE models are the best value. 2.4 13inch c2d, and the 15inch 2.4 i5
  8. jetblk328i macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2010
  9. applefanDrew macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2010
    Get an SSD it makes more of a difference. Wish I had done that.
  10. King t. macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2007
    Get the 2.4 and maybe save some money for a ssd...
  11. Built macrumors 68020

    Oct 3, 2007
    Los Angeles
    The Microcenter deal rocks....and some Best Buys will price match, as well.

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