2.53GHZ remarkably faster than 2.26GHZ?

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  1. montblanc1 macrumors member

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    Ram both 4GB, the only difference is CPU

    Personally, I do not play games on mbp, and only run MATLAB, occasionally watching movies and surfing the Internet with Safari!

    Is the difference significant?
     
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  3. audiofx macrumors regular

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    i'VE HAD mbp WITH 2.53 AND 2.66 AND MY NEW 2.26 RUNS JUST AS FAST TO ME. Sorry caps was on/
     
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  5. mrrippey macrumors regular

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    If there is a difference, it is definitely not worth the $300, better to get more RAM and a bigger HDD for that money.
     
  6. montblanc1 thread starter macrumors member

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    Seems that the difference between the 2.26 and 2.53 is not significant~~~

    I would rather use the saving 300 dollars to add memory and harddisk
     
  7. MacAndy74 macrumors 65816

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    I might just change my choice to a 2.26 too if the performance difference is not noticeable.
     
  8. hldomster macrumors member

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    I upgraded from a unibody MacBook to the 13" 2.5GHz MBP, and I think I probably should have just got the entry level model, since I've upgraded the HDD anyway, so I could have easily have done the RAM at the same time. However, it's too late now, and anyway, I'd hate for my friend with the 2.4GHz unibody MacBook to have a faster processor than me, haha.
     
  9. tempusfugit macrumors 65816

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    yeah thats kind of a stretch. If there was no difference whatsoever they would be the same speed would they not?
     
  10. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    In real world usage, you're not going to see or feel the approx. 170MHz difference across the two cores. If you benchmark both computers, it would make sense that the faster clock would have better results but it surely isn't going to make Safari load faster or help you get mail your quicker.
     
  11. MacAndy74 macrumors 65816

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    Good point. There's something to be said about being 1up on a gloater.

    Although 270MHz isn't worth the extra $300. :eek:
     
  12. BaronvdB macrumors 6502

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    I bought the 2.53 version....if i did it over again i probably would have just got the entry level one....since i sold my air for $1150 i figured after selling the touch and printer I knew i wouldn't be out too much money out of pocket so i wanted to save myself the trouble of ordering more ram & HD....i'll probably upgrade to an SSD if apple takes care of the 1.5 sata problem by then.
     
  13. alecgold macrumors 6502a

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    I bought the faster model, so I wouldn't have to wait two weeks or more on the 4Gb and a bit larger HDD.
    And the 2.53 will be a little bit faster, but not enough to notice it.

     
  14. shoppy macrumors 6502a

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    I have a new 17" unibody a 2008 UMBP 15" and now the 13" 2.26MBP and I notice no difference in speed what so ever in what I do. I also saved my self a small fortune on the 2.53 by selling the ipod touch, printer. I already had 4gigs of ram and a 500gb wd blue HD lying around. Seemed a waste and now that the base 13" comes with a backlit screen and better screen it was quite simply a done deal.
     
  15. MacCurry macrumors 6502

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    If you run MATLAB then you will see a difference. With 4 GB of RAM in both, it should be about 12% faster. If your MATLAB computations are intensive, then by all means the 2.53 GHz MacBook Pro is worth the money.

    2.53 GHz x 2 cores = 5.06 GHz
    2.26 GHz x 2 cores = 4.52 GHz
    (5.06 - 4.52)/4.52 = 0.1194 or 12%
     
  16. Yue Wang macrumors newbie

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    Just curious whether 2.26GHz model supports VT-x...
     
  17. tempusfugit macrumors 65816

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    True in raw terms, but these things are funny. Performance difference is not always directly proportional to the speed in mhz or ghz. It has 12% more speed but may perform certain tasks more than 12% faster.
     
  18. lavinci macrumors 6502

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    I was speaking to a few people at the store and they said that you won't notice the speed bump unless you are doing something graphics heavy that requires a lot of processor speed. For what you want, even a 1.86ghz is good for you haha. That $300, I would buy my own hard drive and 4gb ram and tools, which can cost roughly $170 for a 500GB HDD and 4GB RAM.
     

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