Buying Advice on mid-2009 Unibody 15" MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Cottonsworth, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. Cottonsworth macrumors regular

    May 11, 2008
    My friend has a late-2006 MBP, 2.33ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 256mb ATi X1600 video card. She is looking to purchase a mid-2009 Unibody 2.53ghz 15" MBP but I noticed it has a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory, the same graphics card as both the regular Macbook and MacBook Air. I was a bit surprised by that since I thought one of the stronger selling points of the Pro line was a much better dedicated video card.

    She does a lot of Final Cut work, will the mid-2009 offer a significant performance difference over her late-2006 MBP? There is only a minor bump in CPU speed and the video ram is the same. I would appreciate it if someone could educate me on this matter. Thanks!
  2. fcortese macrumors demi-god


    Apr 3, 2010
    Big Sky country
  3. Cottonsworth thread starter macrumors regular

    May 11, 2008
    Thanks for the link but I'm asking about performance difference between the two machines.
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    The 15 and 17 both have the 9600m as well, which is a dedicated card, you just have to manually change. The processor really won't make much of a difference, as it's only a 200MHz bump, but I believe the unibody will take considerably more RAM, so that could be helpful (8GB vs 3GB)
  5. dan5.5 macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2008
    the 2.53 only has the 9400.
    The 2.66 and higher has two cards (9400 Integrated & 9600 Dedicated)
  6. Cottonsworth thread starter macrumors regular

    May 11, 2008

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