Advice on 2.4Ghz Vs 2.5ghz MBP late 2011 17"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hammo123, Jun 16, 2013.

  1. hammo123 macrumors member


    Jun 9, 2013
    Just wanting peoples thoughts on the 2.4GHz vs 2.5GHz MBP 17" late 2011..
    I am retiring my early 2011MBP 17" 2.2GHZ & want to stay with the old school 17" format..

    From what i read the late 2011 was a very minor upgrade & performance boost with the GPU going to a Radeon 6770M & the processor a few points up from my 2.2GHz..Core i7 (I7-2720QM)

    Question is will i really notice any difference between the 2.4 & the 2.5GHz CPUs in the Late 2011 MBps 17"?
    I see they're both Intel Core i7 with the 2.4 being (I7-2760QM) & the 2.5 a (I7-2860QM)

    I will be adding 16GB of Ram & an SSD & as i use it predominately for audio (Pro Tools) every ounce of CPU power is helpful..but price-wise I'd be looking at shelling out an extra $500 for the 2.5GHz…both New with Apple warranty..

    Is it Crazy to spend that much extra on 0.1GHz extra CPU ? or are the I7-2860QM 's a much better processor?
    Any advice or thoughts regarding squeezing extra power out of these things much appreciated..
  2. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

    Mar 4, 2013
    First question: yes

    Second question: no
  3. hammo123 thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 9, 2013
    LOL thanks mate that's what i needed to hear..:cool:
    The 2.5 GHz it is then...:D
  4. Doward macrumors 6502a

    Feb 21, 2013
    I paid $1400 for my 2.5Ghz Late 2011 17" MBP, with 8GB Ram and AppleCare.

    If I were looking at a $500 difference between the 2.4 vs 2.5, all other things being equal, no, I would not have spent that $500.

    I'd rather have a Crucial m500 960GB SSD with a 2.4Ghz i7 than the standard mechanical drive and a 2.5Ghz i7, for example.

    Do love the speed of this 17" beast, though ;) (11139 geekbench)

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