2008 MBP in 2014?

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  1. jakesaunders27 macrumors 6502a

    jakesaunders27

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    Hi, So currently I have a 2012 11 MBA, the specs are in my sig, the screen is too small and so is the SSD, I have decided I want a baseline 15" retina with 16GB RAM, I'm still saving for this however.

    If I were to get a 2008 C2D 15" MBP with SSD & 8GB RAM for a year or so would it be as quick as my air?

    Thanks
     
  2. Saint.Icon macrumors regular

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    For the amount you'd spend on that, along with the SSD and RAM, you might as well just spend a little more and get the retina MBP now. You could get a refurb 15" to save money if needed.

    Or, on the cheap side, get an external display and a 1TB usb 3.0 drive. That'll give you the mobility of the MBA, as well as more storage and a bigger screen than the 15" MBP, for maybe $400 total - likely far less than the Macbook Pro you're looking at buying.
     
  3. spronkey macrumors newbie

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    The 2008 Pro will be quite a bit slower than your 2012 Air.

    The CPU on the 2008 Pro is somewhere between 50% and 65% of the performance of the CPU in your Air, the SSD will be slower because the Pro is SATA-II vs SATA-III on the Air. The only place where you might notice a speedup is in 3D graphics with the 9600M GT on the pro being faster than the HD4000.

    I have a 2008 Pro (2.4 15" C2D with 9600M GT, 256GB Crucial m4) and a 2011 Air (13" i5) and the Air is easily faster.
     
  4. jakesaunders27 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks guys, think I might just try to stick with my air until I can get a rMBP, thanks
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    I'd definitely not get the 2008 model, its throwing good money after bad. While the 2008 is not a bad machine in of itself, you're definitely stepping down from the air and it will be very noticeable in size, weight and speed.
     
  6. jakesaunders27 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah the money I'd spend I'm just going to put towards my rMBP and put up with my Air
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    The MBA is not a bad machine, it has its advantages :)

    I'd say enjoy what you have until such time that you're ready to pull the trigger on a rMBP
     
  8. jakesaunders27 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You got it mate! Cheers
     

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