Are the new ones worth it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by TheDrizzle-0, May 29, 2011.

  1. TheDrizzle-0 macrumors member

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    Hey guys right now I believe I have the 2008 Alumin. unibody macbook, and right now my mom is saying she wants a laptop for her b-day. So basically im thinking about getting a Pro and just giving her the one im using right now. Is there a huge significance between my old one and the Pro, should I wait for the back to school thing. Her B-Day is June 13
     
  2. jondob macrumors member

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    youre talking about a 3 year gap. Of course the 2011 macbooks will be much faster.
     
  3. TheDrizzle-0 thread starter macrumors member

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    lol I know but I just dont wanna buy it and then regret buying it, because I dont HAVE to get her a macbook.
     
  4. vomer macrumors member

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    an important thing I learned is that you can wait infinitely if you want "better". the 2011 MBP is an awesome machine and totally worth the investment.

    You will always want to wait for the next version and wont ever be able to buy this way. Just get it :)
     
  5. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    The 2011 13 inch MBPs are faster than the fastest 2010 Macbook Pro (the 2010 17" Dual Core 2.Xx i7).

    Meaning that it'll destroy your 2008 Macbook with ease.
     
  6. TheDrizzle-0 thread starter macrumors member

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    Im thinking of getting a used 15" 2.2GHz i think it is on amazon. and im pretty sure the 13 are slower than the fastest cuz of the dual core and quad core. Im also a gamer mostly playing portal and stuff so the macbook pro shouldnt have a problem with that right
     
  7. Icy1007 macrumors 6502a

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    The baseline 2011 13" MBP is not faster than the 2010 15" i7 2.66GHz model. If you get the high end 13" 2011 MBP then it would be about equal to the 2010 15" Processor wise, but the Intel GPU isn't anywhere close to the 330M in the 2010 15" model.

    But on topic: Any 2011 MBP will wipe the floor with any 2008 MBP; 13", 15", or 17".

    Why not be nice and keep your 2008 MBP and buy your mom a 2011 13"? :D
     
  8. maclaptop macrumors 65816

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    My personal preference is my fully spec'd 2010 15" MBP. I also have the 2011. Yes its faster but runs hotter and has only one fan, not two like my 2010.

    I'd suggest a refurbished 2010 from Apple, they look like new and you save money.
     
  9. Icy1007 macrumors 6502a

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    Um, yeah...The 15" 2011 MBP has two fans not one and the heat difference is negligible.
     
  10. acedickson macrumors 6502a

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    There is a difference if you use your MBP up to it's potential. Get yourself a new one and give your mom the current one. She's a Gemini so she's probably pretty awesome. :D

    My birthday is 5 days after hers.
     
  11. TheDrizzle-0 thread starter macrumors member

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    lol ace yea shes a chill mom, she keeps taking my macbook to go on facebook....but another question I had was if anybody knows when that Back To School deal apple has.
     
  12. acedickson macrumors 6502a

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    If it hasn't already started it will very very soon.
     
  13. swingerofbirch macrumors 68030

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    You might consider like you said that the Back to School promo is coming up soon. Also, the MBPs are starting to become mid-cycle, and the new ones have been rumored to have a new case design. If you wait, you can also get one with Lion pre-installed. I would wait, but that's me.

    Also, do you know if your mom wants a MacBook? That's a big present! My parents are usually happy with a handmade card.
     
  14. TheDrizzle-0 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yea I know for a fact that she wants one, she has told me for like 2 days that shes wanted one. She even had me look up prices to see how much they cost, and she actually seems ok with me buying me a new one
     
  15. thunng8 macrumors 6502a

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    Heat difference is not negligible when running CPU intensive application that can utilize all 4 cores. Anandtech measured a 40W difference.

    Then again .. the 2011 model is almost 2X faster when running that test.
     
  16. thunng8 macrumors 6502a

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    You are right about the intel GPU vs 330M.

    However, for the CPU, tests shows that the Sandy Bridge processors can be up to 20% faster at the same frequency compared to the 2010 Arrandale processor.

    i.e. the 2.7Ghz i7 Dual core Sandy bridge is around 20% faster than the 2010 i7 2.66Ghz Dual Core Arrandale.

    e.g.
    http://www.barefeats.com/mbpp34.html
     
  17. Icy1007, May 30, 2011
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    Icy1007 macrumors 6502a

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    The baseline 13" has a dual core i5 not an i7.
     
  18. Treeman574 macrumors regular

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    I have the base 15" and it is great for slightly older games, such as portal and half life 2. For most of my gaming I use an xbox.

    For any other tasks the performance is great. It thrashes my 2008 imac with video encoding, autocad, video/photo editing etc.

    The current mbp is a great machine, but there is likely to be a refresh late 2011 or early 2012 to consider.
     

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