About to pull the Trigger. 2.5Ghz or 2.6Ghz

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Habusho, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. Habusho macrumors 6502

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    Does anybody know how much of a difference there would be between a 2.5 and 2.6Ghz MBP? It's not really worth the couple hundred dollar price difference is it? Also, what about the 7200RPM harddrive, do you guys think that's worth it? Does anybody know what model harddrive they will be using and whether it eats up battery time or whether there is a noticeable speed difference? Thanks for your help. I'm kind of underwhelmed at the update after waiting for a month and a half but hey.
     
  2. Pees330 macrumors 6502

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    I don't think it's worth the extra couple hundred dollars for .1 ghz. I would go for the 2.5 unless you don't have a problem with the pricing. If that's not an issue I would go all out.
     
  3. Can macrumors member

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    Seeing as you come here for advice I will say that you should not get the 2.6 upgrade. Unless you are going to use some specific applications that is processor intensive the 2.5 is mighty fine.

    For general use you are likely to want more RAM or a better GFX card before boosting the 2.5 penryn processor.
     
  4. GCY macrumors regular

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    does the extra 256mb on the graphic card make a differences?

    I'm planning on upgrading from my first gen macbook and use the MBP as my primary desktop replacement. So I'll be running video editing software, games, and what not.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Half a clock speed multiplier isn't worth the US$250.

    256 MB is the sweet spot for the 8600M GT. More video RAM isn't going to greatly increase performance beyond a few percentage points.
     
  6. zeiter macrumors 6502

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    the 128mb version of the video card supports 1080p resolution and video playback??
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Unless Apple greatly updated their video drivers to support GPU decoding then the video playback is still CPU bound. My MacBook with integrated graphics plays 1080p just fine.
     
  8. GCY macrumors regular

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    cool, thanks for the help. Guess I'll pull the trigger on the base model.
     
  9. Habusho thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm also looking to play 1080p Mkv files and my past MBP, the SR 2.4 was really choking on these type of files. I think it's more CPU bound than Gfx card though. So I guess the 2.5 it is. Nobody knows what brand\model the 7200RPM drives are though right?
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Did you play the h.264 files in VLC or Perian?
     
  11. Habusho thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Both. Even tried Mplayer.
     
  12. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    base model has 256meg or video ram now anyway...no more 128
     
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  14. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    A new laptop is not going to resolve the MKV playback issues.
     
  15. spaceballl macrumors 68030

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    i was on the verge - went w/ the cheaper model
     
  16. kramjam macrumors 6502

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    I'm also in a predicament here, debating over the $250 for that small bump.. I won't be doing extremely intensive work all the time, but there'll be a lot of Boot Camp gaming when not I'm not working, anyone have any insight if that upgrade from 2.5 to 2.6 help in the gaming department or not really? Thanks in advance.
     

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