Better ram or processor?

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  1. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    You can upgrade the RAM relatively cheap on your own in the future, focus on the processor when you shop for Macs.

    Edit- now I see what you mean, 1333MHz vs 1066MHz. I'd still choose the 2.66GHz i7 MBP. Having 8GB of 1066MHz RAM (after upgrade) would be better than 4GB of 1333MHz.
     
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    With notebooks, you cannot upgrade the core hardware. You can upgrade the RAM at any time.

    That said, do you really need to upgrade the processor? The only reason I will have a high spec 15" MacBook Pro is because I perform several flight simulations, on a daily basis. What exactly do you intend on using your MacBook Pro for?

    PS, you might find that you require Windows for a few things, many people do.
     
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    Get the 2.0 quad i7 2011 model. You can upgrade RAM to 8GB for less than $50 afterwards.
     
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    If you're a casual user, I'd get whichever is less expensive, If they're the same price, get CPU, as RAM is upgradeable.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback so quad core makes a difference over where it says intel core?

    so i think i have it down to the two i7's but what does that older model have that makes it the same price as the newer? is the 2.66 intel core better in theory but the 2.0 quad is a newer model making them equal value?
     
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    cant upgrade processors on laptops so focus on them.
    RAM is extremely cheap so no worries!

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    No 2010 MBP may have been 2.66GHz but that is only dual core.
    This year it is QUAD core. Now theres 4 cores instead of 2.
    But if your getting the 2.0GHz, remember you cant upgrade RAM over 8GB while the 2.2GHz can up to 16GB.

    And again, Apple prices all their stuff equal every year.
     
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    So is a 2.66 Intel Core better than a 2.0 quad core both are i7s?
     
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    I'd go for the better processor than upgrade the RAM to 8/16GB post-purchase.

    Cheers,
     
  11. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    No! 2.66GHz Dual i7 is weaker than the 2.0GHz!
    2011 model is extremely faster than the previous model for sure
     
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    Thanks for your input not to be a pain but what does that 2010 model have that's better than the 2011 model making them the same price
     
  13. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    No problem! Apple prices everything same every year so thats how it is.

    This is how it is:
    Anything above 4 cores > 4 (quad) cores > 2 (dual) cores > 1 (single) core

    2010 2.66Ghz model is the 2 cores model.
    The 2011 is the 4 cores model.

    For your future reference mate
     
  14. psykick5 macrumors 6502

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    In 2010 the 2.66 i7 was the high end 15 inch. The 2.0 i7 of early 2011 is the low end.


    2011 one is still faster, by the way.
     
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    4 years ago I paid almost 3K for the late 2008 15" MBP 2.8Ghz....

    The i7 for $1,600 is a great deal!
     
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    Ah I see apple is just strategically pricing them the same to make the buy think the high end 2010 was as good the low end 2011

    The only thing that was iffy to me is the 2010 for wireless say airport extreme and the 2011 just say wifi
     
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    The 2.66 is dual-core processor. It is much weaker than the 2.0 quad-core processor. To put it in perspective, the 2.66GHz dual-core 2010 model gets 5500 points on Geekbench while 2.0 quad-core 2011 model gets 8800 points. Get the 2.0 quad-core 2011 model; is is better than the 2.66 2010 model in pretty much every respect.
     
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    Airport is Apples old nomenclature for WiFi. They've stopped using that name and fallen in line with the accepted industry standard. Now they call it by it's correct name: WiFi.
     
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    Definitely second this....Sandy Bridge is such an improvement over the previous generation. Quad-Core and great graphics (if you go for the Radeon 6750) make this laptop run like a dream! Just add an SSD when the prices come down and your machine will be unbelievable!
     
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    thanks for everyones input, i ordered the i7 2.0 quad core today
     

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