2010 MacBook Pro 13" or 2011 MacBook Pro 13"

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  1. Titanium81 macrumors 6502a

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    Which one would be the best choice for photo / video work.

    Please help me decided between these two:

    MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Originally released April 2010
    13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    320GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory

    or

    MacBook Pro 2.3GHz dual-core Intel i5
    Originally released February 2011
    13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 1280-by-800 resolution
    4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    320GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM
     
  2. Jrv macrumors regular

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    You don't have to tell us the specs, we're all well aware.

    It's simple really: Graphic intensive purposes-2010 model. CPU intensive purposes-2011 model. Overall faster performance-2011 model.

    The only time you'll see a benefit from the 2010 model is in GPU intensive applications like games.
     
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    The 2010 MBP's support OpenCL where the 2011 MBP's don't.

    Is this going to make a big difference when using programs like Pixelmator that take advantage of the GPU for image processing?
     
  4. Titanium81 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If I added an SSD and 8 GB Ram to the 2010, would it scream past the 2011? (Even if the same was done to the 2011, since the 2010 has dedicated graphics that support OpenCL.)
     
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  7. tears2040 macrumors 6502

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    Your question was already answered.....


    For GPU applications get the 10 model, for cpu applications get the 2011..... Overall the 2011 is a better computer.


    Furthermore photoshop, aperture, Final, etc. are all memory, cpu and disk based programs where graphics cards are minimally a concern.
     
  8. Titanium81 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So would the 2010 MBP 13" 2.66GHz with and SSD and 8GB Ram be pretty fast?

    Comparable to the 2011 MBA 13" 1.7GHz?

    Faster?
     
  9. aCondor macrumors 6502

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    You already knew the exact specifications of the models the OP was interested in? Hard to believe.

    But good info. :p
     
  10. warvanov macrumors 6502a

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    Just keep waiting for the 2011 Liquid Metal MBP. Should be any day now.
     
  11. Titanium81 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    While it is good info...

    Jrv is the typical arrogant response that you get on macrumors.
     
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    good one.
     
  13. Joelb955 macrumors member

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    Get the 2010 model. I am regretting the 2011, i could have got a decent 2010 model for the price of this one and it would have had a better( a real ) graphics chip.
     
  14. Titanium81 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Would a 2010 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with a SSD and 8GB Ram scream past a 2011 2.3GHz dual-core Intel i5 with HDD and 4 GB Ram?
     
  15. Blue Sun macrumors 6502a

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    Of course it would, an SSD makes a massive difference.
     
  16. Wattser93 macrumors regular

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    If you're looking for photo and video capabilities, go for a refurb 15". The extra screen space and dedicated GPU makes a difference, plus the much better CPU.
     
  17. Titanium81 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank You!

    The 2010 with the addition of an SSD and upgraded ram seems like the winner.

    Cooler Running Processor and Dedicated Graphics and Cheaper Price Tag :)
     
  18. newdeal macrumors 68020

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    the 2010 doesn't have dedicated graphics, just better integrated graphics than the 2011 has (slightly). the cpu in the 2011 will run circles around the 2010 but in most things you won't notice a difference. The 2011 air will be faster than the 2010 pro even if you add an SSD to the pro UNLESS you use more than 4gb of ram because you can't upgrade the air. Just having 8gb of ram doesn't make the computer any faster unless you use it. The air will be the fastest feeling computer of the three, the 2010 pro with an ssd will feel faster than a stock 2011
     
  19. scupking macrumors 6502a

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    It will be fast. I have the 2.4Ghz version with 8GB of ram and the stock 5400rpm hard drive. Even with the slow hard drive I find it nice and fast. A SSD would make it that much better. I would say if you can get a deal on a 2010 go for it since the 10s have a better graphics card.
     
  20. Heavertron macrumors regular

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    The difference in graphics intensive performance is small (unless you need opencl support), the difference in CPU performance is huge.

    The i5 / i7 are an order of magnitude better than a C2D in any CPU dependant application. I don't understand people clinging to the 2010 model on the basis they hate intel GPUs. It's not that bad, and the new CPU more than makes up for it.
     
  21. Titanium81 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    With an SSD in the 2010 2.4GHz wouldn't the speed of rendering video be comparable if not faster then a 2011 2.3GHz with a stock HDD?
     
  22. Heavertron macrumors regular

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    SSD has no impact on CPU dependant tasks like rendering.
     
  23. rjdoc74 macrumors member

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    Here is the BEST advice for you.

    Go to www.microcenter.com (I hope you have one close by); print out their ad for 13" MBP for $999; go to Apple store and they will match it. That's what I did a few days ago ;)
     
  24. djhyro macrumors member

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    ^^ this
     
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    If you plan to buy a MBP at local Apple store then you won't see 2010 MBP they only sell 2011 MBP. If you really want a 2010 MBP..try look at eBay or Craigslist.
     

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