2.53 ghz MBP with a lot more but $100 more than 2.4 ghz MBP

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MrXiro, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. MrXiro macrumors 68040

    MrXiro

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    Does anyone see any reason why I shouldn't spend $100 more dollars on

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FB471LL/A?mco=MjE0NDk5Mw
    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

    15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    4GB memory
    320GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Built-in iSight camera
    Illuminated keyboard

    as opposed to:

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FB470LL/A?mco=MjE0NDk5Mw

    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

    15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    2GB memory
    250GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Built-in iSight camera
    Illuminated keyboard
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    The way I see it, you're getting 2GB of RAM, 70GB of HS space, and 130 MHz of speed.

    The RAM has some value, because I highly recommend 4GB, and you'd need to replace both 1GB sticks to get there. The HD space is usable but not worth a ton. The 130 MHz isn't really going to be visible.

    If you can spare the $100, you might as well. But I don't think it's worth more than that, and maybe a bit less. But... if you'll be second-guessing yourself if you get the cheaper one, spend the money for peace of mind. :)
     
  3. MrXiro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Well there is one other difference... the L2 Cache is "6MB" on the pricier model and "3mb" on the cheaper one... is the accurate?
     
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I missed that - and the bump from 256MB to 512MB video RAM. :eek:

    That $100 is seeming to me to be very worthwhile now. :)
     
  5. MrXiro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Oh yeah there is THAT too... I forgot I saw that.. but I heard the 512mb RAM is kind of useless...

    So it's worthwhile? Why do you think it's so cheap?

    Older model? Do you think that makes a difference?
     
  6. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I'm sure the price is just because it's an older model. It is, BTW, exactly the same as the one I'm typing on now, and I love it. :)

    SplashScreen.jpg
     
  7. zw-gator macrumors 6502a

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    For $100 more, it's a no-brainier

    2.53 all the way!!
     
  8. MrXiro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Ah nice! How does the video card perform? I had no intentions of getting one with 512mb but since you have one... maybe I can come up with more uses for it.

    What do you use your MBP for? Games? Graphics? I'm really thinking this is the best model for me. I don't know why anyone would buy the 2.4 ghz one when 100 bucks is so little in the bigger picture.
     
  9. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I've never had an issue with the video card, but, then again, I don't game on this. I do Java and Mac development, watch movies, etc. For those things, it's great, but of course my graphics needs are limited. I can't imagine you'd be disappointed, even if you game. The reviews have been pretty good.
     
  10. amoda macrumors 6502a

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    This is a fantastic deal, take it!

    It cost me $100 to buy 4GB of ram, you'll be getting that, the hd space, the cache, the speed, and the vram.
     
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  13. MrXiro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Got it! Thanks all... that's a lot of money... but so had to pull the trigger on it... now I'm selling my 2.2ghz whitebook... the last of the X3100 GPU series. Y'all think $750 is a good price for it? It's still got my Best Buy Warranty on it and I upgraded the RAM to 4 GB
     

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