Computation power of MacBook Pro comparison

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  1. Apfik, Mar 27, 2011
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    Apfik macrumors newbie

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    Hi All,
    I am thinking of changing my MacBook (2008) for MacBook Pro 15" (2010 refurbished or 2011) and I would like to ask if someone can explain me what is the difference in the computation power between the models listed lower. I don't need to know that much details, I am more interested in just simple comparison since I don't understand the processors that much. It will be enough to say this one is 50% better then this one, etc. I know that sometime a comparison like this is hard but I am really interested only in the computational power since I have to run a simulations which take all available power sometime (mostly more than 95% on both cores).
    Primary I would like to know what is the difference between my macbook and cheaper Macbook pro 15" models from 2010 and 2011 (option 2 and 3 compare to 1). Secondly it will be very useful for me to know if it is worthy to invest more for faster process (option 4 and 5 compare to 2 and 3)

    1) MB 13.3/2.4/2X1GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (2008)
    2) MB PRO 15/2.4GHz or 2.53GHZ Intel Core i5/4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM (2010)
    3) MB PRO 15/2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7/4GB 1333MHz (2011)

    4) MB PRO 15/2.66GHz Intel Core i7/4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM (2010)
    5) MB PRO 15/2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7/4GB 1333MHz (2011)

    Thank you very much for your comments and suggestions.
    David
     
  2. DudeMartin macrumors regular

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    It would really help us to know what you do with your computer... because saying 50% faster isn't very helpful; 50% faster than what?
     
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  4. Apfik thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I meant 50% faster then my old macbook. I use it offen just for regular things for which the speed is not relevant but sometime I am running quite heavy simulations (ray tracing).
     
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  6. Apfik thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I guess that 2011 models are better then 2010, since they are newer with better processors, but how? much better they are? They are also more expensive compare to 2010 refurb models, so I would like to consider both price and power.
    Thank you
     
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  8. firesong macrumors member

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    From some numbers I recall, I believe the low end 2011 13" compared favourably high end 2010 17".

    If that is what you are looking for, go with the 2011 machines.
     
  9. Apfik thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think you are right. I checked Banchmarking as simsaladimbamba posted, and 2011 are significantly better. So I am going for 2011 model.
    Thank you
     
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    If whatever you do can take advantage of multithreading on 4 cores / 8 virtual corse, spring for the 2011 15".
     
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    3 & 5 specifically are quad cores. The rest listed are dual cores. Simple as that in terms of needing CPU power the new sandy quads kick booty.
     

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