Core Duo and Core 2 Duo

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by DaGreat01, May 3, 2010.

  1. DaGreat01 macrumors 6502a

    DaGreat01

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    I was looking to buy a MacBook on eBay or Craigslist and see that there is a little difference in price when it comes to the Core Duo and Core 2 Duo. My questions is, is there a significant difference in the two. I know that there IS a difference, but is it noticeable in performance.

    I would be upgrading from a Dell Intel Centro if that makes a difference.

    Thanks in advance.

    (lets see how much nicer the MacBook forum people are compared to the iPhone guys lol ;))
     
  2. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

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    A Core Duo MacBook has a limitation of 2GB of RAM maximum installed where the Core 2 Duos can handle 4GB or more. Please note that the pre Santa Rosa Core 2 Duos can have 4GB installed but will only utilize 3.3GB of the RAM.
     
  3. DaGreat01 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    DaGreat01

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    OH ok, thanks. Is that the main difference? Currently I'm using a Dell with 720MB RAM and I'm doing ok, so 2GB would be more than enough.

    Thanks for you help.
     
  4. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

    GfulDedFan

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    It's hard to say... The MacBook line is now 4 years old and there have been several versions released. The very first was a Core Duo and all subsequent models have been Core 2 Duo. With this in mind, If you compare a 1,1 model with a 5,1 model, one would be plastic and the other aluminum.

    See all the releases and specs Here
     

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