Alaska video/reality show shoot-2.2ghz or 2.4 ? 128MB or 256MB GT8600 graphics?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SeattleSnow, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. SeattleSnow macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2008
    I am looking at a refurbished 15" MBP's on the Apple site. Trying to decide between the 2.2ghz with the 128MB vidcard or the 2.4GHz with the 256MB vidcard.
    $1,449 vs. $1,649.
    I assume that both machines are Santa Rosa's.

    The HDD size isn't a big deal at 120GB versus 160GB, since I plan to get a Western Digital 7200rpm and a substantial external HDD. I will up the RAM from the 2GB to 4GB.

    I plan to do the RAM myself and the Seattle Mac Store told me I have to get the HDD installed by an authorized Apple tech to keep the warranty.

    I am a musician and a filmmaker. I plan to do some heavy editing in both. We will be shooting with a HD camera, most likely a Panasonic AG-HVX200. We will also be using 3-CCD cameras. We will edit with Final Cut Pro. We are going to be shooting in remote locations in Alaska, jumping in and out of planes, helos, boats, trucks, 4-wheelers, etc. daily, pretty rugged use. Lots of travel over the next several months-Hawaii, Mexico, coastal U.S. and B.C.

    We are going to be up against the wall on editing, we have two deadlines a week to get 5 minutes of material up on the web.

    I have checked out the 17" and really don't want to lug it around. We might buy an external monitor to ship to locales where we can sit down for a while and edit.

    The budget is tight, can't wait for the Montevina, or whatever update happens in June. Nor, do we have enough for a Penryn presently. We are poor, working stiffs, not getting the respect$$ we deserve. We will have a budget to update in September, so maybe we will get a new MBP then and sell the Santa Rosa on Craigslist?

    So questions as follows:

    2.2ghz with the 128MB vidcard or the 2.4GHz with the 256MB vidcard?
    Rendering times? We have to get footage edited fast and up on the web.

    Western Digital 7200RPM HDD, what size, best deal?

    Heat issues? What are we facing?

    Any better deals out there? We don't have time to wait for a mail-in rebate.

    We definitely want Applecare, but might have to wait a couple of weeks to afford it? Can we buy Applecare down the road?

    Any advice on a good hardcase or other protection for traveling? I don't want to kill the machine, it's going to get bumped around a bit. What's your best advice for going through airports?

    And we need one of these super-badass multi-media machines ASAP.

    Thank you for any of your brilliant advice that you can share.
    We can let you know what we are working on in few months, but contractually, we have to stay mum for now. It's going to be pretty cool.

  2. steinlager macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2007
    The difference performance wise won't be much different. But the 2.4 is still faster than the 2.2 (duh). I'm not sure of the exact numbers but I believe 2.4 is 8% faster than the 2.2. The extra VRAM might help you with the movies you will be rendering. Extra hard drive space can never hurt either.

    So for the extra $150, you get faster performance, bigger hard drive, more ram on the video card, which will benefit you. Go for the 2.4.
  3. amoda macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2006
    According to barefeats there isn't a huge difference, if any, between the 2.4 and 2.2 SantaRosa. Yes, in occasion the 2.4 will be faster but nothing substantial. So if the $150 is really that big of a deal for you then go for the 2.2. If you think you can let it slide then go for the 2.4.

    The 4GB of ram will is more important than the 0.2 or 128vram difference.
  4. masse macrumors 6502a


    May 4, 2007
    I'd go with the 2.4, mostly for the extra video ram.
  5. amoda macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2006
    Thing is the extra Vram won't help with Final Cut Pro since 2D is more dependent on CPU and ram. So you're really paying $150 for a 8-9% speed boost (the extra Vram will be untapped unless you do 3d stuff, maya, games etc). Of course the extra HD too but you said that the extra HD is minor to you. So if you think 8-9% is worth it go for it.
  6. SeattleSnow thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2008
    128 or 256 GT8600? Performance?


    What is the speed difference between the various 8600's?
    I've read on here that the 256 is maxed out with the Santa Rosa/Merom anyways.
    What the diff in performance between the 128 and 256?

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