Could i be confident to buy a MBP i7 now

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ceshimm, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. ceshimm macrumors member

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    Going to order my first MBP next week, one thread here relate to /2010 MBP i5/i7 freeze/ make me have to stop and think again. People who recently (in July) received their MBP w i5/i7 still suffering that freeze issue? I am new to Mac, i do not want to experience this kind of issue. I understand every laptop is different and may have different issues. but the freeze issue seems universal at least for those early adopters. Again, could i feel confident to order my first MBP in my life now?
     
  2. aeboi macrumors 65816

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    The freezes still exist but aren't common, my brother hasn't had any freezing issues with his July i7.

    Don't worry and simply go for it.:)
     
  3. Constantine1337 macrumors 6502

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    btw, do not go for i7... price difference is significant, where performance is almost equal.
     
  4. AdeFowler macrumors 68020

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    I bought mine when they were released and I've had no problems whatsoever. It's my main work machine at the moment (waiting for Mac Pro update) running CS3 for ten hours a day.

    Just go for it ;)
     
  5. ceshimm thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for positive respondings, i can feel my first MBP is coming now. :rolleyes:
     
  6. MikeinJapan macrumors regular

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    I have been using mine for 4 weeks and I haven't had a problem yet. Not a crash or a single issue touch wood.
     
  7. unamused macrumors 6502

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    different strokes for different folks...

    I say, if you can afford it, why not?
     
  8. Mac7 macrumors 6502a

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  9. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    Intel is on the record admitting that the silicon in the Core iX chips isn't optimized yet and that they have "a lot of work to do." Truthfully I feel like the freezing issue is from bad silicon, Dell owners with Core iX chips have been having similar issues.

    Besides, the next round of them (and presumably way better) should be announced soon. Apple was late to the game to adopt them, but new ones aren't that far away really. Unfortunately Apple probably won't do any updates for six more months though.
     
  10. demonsavatar macrumors regular

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    Considering the amount of traffic this forum gets, very few people have had this issue. I would not be worrying about it.

    Agreed. i7 is either for (1) People who have money to burn, (2) can somehow justify up to 10% more performance probably <10% of the time, or (3) really really really need the extra VRAM. Oh I forgot (4) people who are still under the impression that the processor frequency most aptly defines the overall performance of the machine. Sorry about the rant, but most people don't know why they are buying the i7...its usually a psychological reason rather than a real necessity
     
  11. xi mezmerize ix macrumors 6502a

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    People usually only post about their problems...when everything is working fine there's no real reason to post. This freezing issue is a very uncommon issue that should not deter you from getting the computer that you want. The people on this forum and other forums represent a small portion of Mac owners/users and use these sites to get help with any problems they're are having.
     
  12. HLdan macrumors 603

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    I agree with others about the i7 not being worth it. The only reason to consider the i7 over the i5 is on the iMac. While they are both quad core processors, the i7 has the hyperthreading to 8 virtual cores while the i5 doesn't. In the Arrandale processors, the i5 is the best buy.

    On a different note, it's a real shame that negativity on here has so much power over positivity. I've seen many posts about people not having any freezing problems (INCLUDING MYSELF), I have an i5 15" MBP and never had a single glitch, freeze or zing on it. Seems like when someone wants to try out a Mac they only pay attention to negative posts while ignoring the positive ones and that's really sad.
     
  13. xi mezmerize ix macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I was saying. There is more negativity than positivity on this type of forum because it is meant for people to get help with their problems. I agree about the i5 being the better deal as well.
     
  14. MBHockey macrumors 68040

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    Anandtech recommends the i7 over i5. They give the actual performance per cost numbers which tell a different story than the ones you made up:

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3659/apples-15inch-core-i5-macbook-pro-the-one-to-get/3

    It's worth it if you have the money.
     
  15. snouter macrumors 6502a

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    Been using a MBP 17 since I could first get my hand on one in the Apple store. Never experience freezing, and this is the first I've heard of the "issue".

    I love performance as much as the next guy, and I went i5.
     
  16. demonsavatar macrumors regular

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    Sorry for the thread hijack :(

    Thanks for reminding me about that Anandtech article MBHockey, they are usually very thorough. 2.4Ghz still the way to go for me since $300 upgrade amounts to ~18% increase in price for an UP TO 14% increase in speed ONLY in CPU-Bound apps. He says he can "feel" the difference but that is subjective of course.

    Note that he also says SSDs are a much better upgrade. So again, if you have money to burn, sure get an i7 AND an SSD, otherwise a 2.4Ghz with an SSD will likely "feel" more responsive for the same price, and not just in CPU-bound apps.
     
  17. hajime macrumors 68040

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    No freezing problem with my MBP as well. I got the 8GB RAM from Apple.
     
  18. MBHockey macrumors 68040

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    Absolutely agree
     
  19. Tmacfan4321 macrumors regular

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    Oh well, free money for them, I guess.
     
  20. olletsocmit macrumors 6502

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    I got my i5 a month ago and i have 0 problems! Working perfectly. I love it. You should just get one. if u have and problems at all... you just take it back and get a new one. not a big deal.
     
  21. LightMast macrumors regular

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    Why do people think the $200 i7 upgrade is prohibitively expensive? It's $200, not 1k!
     
  22. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Because $200 is a lot of money when the benefits don't outweigh the cash spent. The Arrandale i7 is an easy way for Intel and the computing industry to squeeze out extra cash from the customers because as long as it's more expensive with a higher sku number it's got to be better right? The $200 could go towards a good SSD that would make an i5 MBP kick the crap out of an i7 model with a standard HDD. Or buy more ram or case or anything, $200 can go a long way towards something more useful.
     
  23. LightMast macrumors regular

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    Correct me if I am wrong, but aren't 500gb SSD's in the $1300 range? To me, that is prohibitively expensive.
     
  24. LightMast macrumors regular

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    On the 15" its a $400 bump.....in my case the EC34 slot is mandatory, so I had to go 16", where its only a $200 upgrade.

    It is relative.
     

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