2011 MBP 15'' quadcore i7 worth the hype and the price?

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  1. AmericanDreamer macrumors newbie

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    I bought the 13'' MBP 2.4 ghz coreduo and I run GNS3 which is a processor intensive program. My cpu is usually running at 75-90%.

    I am thinking about getting the 2011 15'' i7 quadcore with a SSD, but I am not familiar with the quadcore technology. Will the i7 quadcore handle cpu intensive programs a lot better then my current MBP? Also, will I noticed a tremedous difference in speed?

    I will be using my MBP for email, web surfing, iTunes, watching movies and running GNS3.

    Please excuse my ignorance... Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Quad core i7 runs circles around your C2D, so yes, you should notice a big difference.
     
  3. underblu macrumors regular

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    If the application you are using is multithreaded then you should see a significant improvement in performance
     
  4. AmericanDreamer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your replies..

    From your responses, it looks like the i7 is the way to go....
     
  5. prism macrumors 6502a

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    If you are happy with the 13" form factor, you should also consider the core i5 which, although not as fast as the quad core, is also substantially faster than a core 2 duo thanks to the hyperthreading technology.
     
  6. AmericanDreamer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your response Prism. I thought about the i5 too, but I figured that I would go big or go home :).

    Question for the masses...

    I am not doing any photo editing, but I going to be running GNS3 which is cpu intensive. If I maxed out the MBA, do you think that it could handle it or am I just wasting my time and money and I should just get the 15'' quadcore as planned?
     
  7. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Maxed out MBA would be slower than your current computer. Go with the 15" MBP if you want CPU speed.
     
  8. AmericanDreamer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cool... Thanks for the info. It looks like I will be getting the i7!

    Thanks everyone for your great info!
     

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