2.53 vs. 2.66

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  1. maraca2020 macrumors member

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    for the macbook pro. I could get a refurb umbp 2.53 for 1999 or a 2.66 new for 2299. Is the 2.53 a *much* better deal?
     
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    MRoogle: 2.53 vs. 2.66

    The 2.66 has the almost official ability to hold 8GB of RAM.
     
  3. maraca2020 thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks, but besides that is it worth the three hundred dollars off to loose that processing speed?
     
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    If I were in you're position five months ago with the same models, I would opt for the 2.66 model, as my work clearly profits from more RAM.
    I do video editing, conversion, compositing, DVD authoring, photography, ...
    and sometimes I need a lot of those programs open at the same time, to interact with all of them.

    So if you plan on doing something memory intensive like video, graphics, photography, CAD, 3D, medical databases, research, .... go for the 2.66 model, otherwise the 2.53 will suffice.
     
  5. maraca2020 thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks. So the clock speed is negligable, the only thing that really matters is the ram capacity? are there any other differences?
     
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    You won't see a real world difference in clock speed unless you do some heavy rendering or number crushing (although computing is number crushing all the way) and seconds or mere minutes are highly important.

    Other than the maximum RAM, there is no difference.

    If you're curious, you can still read some thread I pointed to you earlier.
     
  7. maraca2020 thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for your help. one last question. How long do you think the 2.53 GHz refurb deal will last at 1999? and will it return?
     
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    The refurb deal will last until the machine is bought and "renewed" at maybe an even lower price when a new refurbished machine comes along.

    I heard Monday mornings are a good time to hunt for refurbs.
     
  9. maraca2020 thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for all of your help! So, you don't think I should pounce on this deal? Not so great?
     
  10. nutritious macrumors 6502

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    get a desktop...
     
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    Me or him?

    He asked for a mobile computer, so why should he get a desktop?
     
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    If you plan on keeping it a while, more than a couple of years, I'd go with the 2.66 because of the increased ram capacity.

    If not, go with the 2.53 and save a little money.
     
  13. maraca2020 thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks. I like the 2.53. Do you think that it is the best deal i can get? Will more come up? Or should i click buy now?
     
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    The extra .13 GHZ won't affect you, and the extra $300 could buy nice accessories, or programs, or save you $300. :D
     
  17. maraca2020 thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks. From past expirience, if I wait will i get a better deal?
     
  18. nutritious macrumors 6502

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    you should get one...
     
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    Why should I get a desktop?

    I take the MBP with me to my workplace, get the additional work done on that, as the two PowerMacs are to slow for encoding and such (there are a G4 and a G5) and missing software (especially FCS).

    And I already have a desktop, an iMac, which I only use when my MBP is fracking up.

    So the mobile computer is the best way for me right now, even though I wouldn't mind getting a Mac Pro sometimes, but that piece of hardware is still to expensive for me (with all the additions I would like to have).


    And btw, why are your responses of such short nature?
     
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    Get the 2.53GHz MBP; you can install up to 6GB of RAM if you really need it. Otherwise it's pretty much the same. Also for $300, you could almost pay for AppleCare.
     
  21. maraca2020 thread starter macrumors member

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    thank you guys i've decided on the 2.53 GHz. All I would like to know is:


    Is 1999 a good enough deal that i should buy the refurb immediatly before it goes away?!!?!?!??! Thanks!!!
     
  22. nutritious macrumors 6502

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    tell your employer to get you a new Mac Pro for work. Tell them those lame powermacs are too slow.



    iMac is not a desktop (in terms of hardware at least...) For the price of a Macbook Pro, I'd rather just get a Mac Pro if I was doing heavy video work, but I understand your employer doesn't provide you with a decent computer...
     
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    If it would be that easy.

    I'm "just" the assistant to the editor and someone else (DVD recording and importing YouTube videos into Avid, really, really special ;) ), and the gear is only rented.

    The MBP suffices my needs, I get work done with it when I need it, and also with the G5 at least. The G4 takes ages to open a folder/bin, so I'm already planning talking to the boss getting another, better G5 (if nothing better can be afforded) as a replacement for the G4.
     
  24. maraca2020 thread starter macrumors member

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    don't mean to sound rude, but can anyone answer the last question i posted? Thanks
     
  25. spinnerlys Guest

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    It's a good enough deal, but a better might come along some day.

    It's technology, it gets cheaper the older it is.

    And don't count on any updates before August.
     

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