2.53/2.8 chip and 5400/7200 drive mpb?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by molbiosci, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. molbiosci macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2008
    About to buy mbp. Trying to decide between 2.53 and 2.8 GHz chip and 5400 vs. 7200 drive. I am concerned that the book will get extra hot with the 2.8 chip. Also, what advantages/disadvantages with 5400/7200 decision. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
  2. Battlefield Fan macrumors 65816

    Battlefield Fan

    Mar 9, 2008
    Well the 2.8 will run a little hotter and it will require a LITTLE more power. With the 7200 you will see increased noise and vibration.(not night and day though) also there will be a decrease in battery life. One guy said it was a differnce of ~10 min.

    There will be a performence increase with the 2.8 but having to justify the $300 upgrade could be an issue.

    One thing to keep in mind is that the CPU isn't upgradeable. The hard drive can be easily upgraded though. You could even upgrade it to a SSD in a year or so when they become cheaper/faster/more GB.

    What I don't understand is if your willing to spend $300 for a CPU upgrade why not just bite the bullet and get the $50 HD upgrade?
  3. molbiosci thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2008
    Thanks. It is not a money issue, it is a performance issue. For example, your comment that there will be more noise and vibration with the 7200 HD gives me pause. Will the joy of the speed difference outweigh the irritation of noise and vibration? I found some posts about the 2.53 vs 2.8 GHz and have decided the very slight speed boost will not be worth the increase in temperature. I have been very bothered by the heat eminating from my current PowerBook G4. I am about to pull the trigger on the 2.53/7200 mbp, but still considering the 5400 hard drive.
  4. djtech macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2007
    I just got the 2.53 with the 7200 drive and love it.
    Its surprisingly quiet... I mean I can hardly ever hear the thing spin. I pretty much have to put my ear to the drive to hear it.

    the 2.53 vs the 2.8...
    If that <300mhz is easily going to make you an extra $300 (faster rendering) then get it... If your not in the business where having something done a little faster will earn you a larger paycheck, then don't worry about it.
    I had the same thoughts and went for the 2.53. I have never had issues with speed (especially with graphics.. WOW!!!)

    Just my 0.02
  5. darwinian macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2008
    In R4, more or less
    Hey, which 7200 RPM drive does the System Profiler say is in your machine?
  6. molbiosci thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2008
    Thanks everyone. I just purchased the 2.53/7200. Very relieved that decision is made!
  7. mknawabi macrumors 6502


    Feb 5, 2006
    Irvine, CA
    Good job! I've been more than happy with mine.
  8. djtech macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2007
    Hitachi HTS723232L9SA62

    Note that its around 300 usable gb.

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