Difference Between 2.4 vs 2.5 ghz

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  1. dailydoseofk macrumors newbie

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    Getting My MBP this week and want to know how big of a difference is there between 2.4 vs 2.5 ghz. seem like most people are ordering the 2.5 ghz. If you look at the site the 2.4 is shipping in 1-2 days while the 2.5 is 2-4.
     
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    With the new MBP Penryn models: with the 2.5 you get a 512MB VRAM instead of 256MB for the 2.4. Also the price is different:D
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  4. skiffx macrumors 6502a

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    well 2.4 just doesnt have the juice, 2.6 and 2.5 are quite similar but to pay $250 for .1ghz difference is silly, and they both come with 512MB VRAM unlike the 2.4 which comes with 256MB VRAM. If money is an issue and you have to get 2.4, you are better off ordering top of the line previous model refurb which will be faster than the 2.4 model.
     
  5. Crash Davis macrumors member

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    Interesting juice comment considering the graphs I just linked to. Unless you consider those to be huge differences. The results seem to be inconsistent.

    I'm assuming people buy the midrange for the graphics card.
     
  6. honeycrisp macrumors regular

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    I've heard hardly any difference..
     
  7. skiffx macrumors 6502a

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    I meant the whole package, not just cpu.
     
  8. dailydoseofk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I dont think i need the upgraded video card. I ussuly use the computer for AIM, Internet, Itunesm and Writing Paper. I just started doing a little video editing. Nothing hard core tho
     
  9. Salty Pirate macrumors 6502

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    I have the 2.4 GHz.....it hauls ass

    I have no issues with speed of this thing at all. I am glad I did not spend the extra $$$
     
  10. latestmonkey macrumors 6502

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    Get the 2.4 and buy some ram.
     
  11. Mr. Funsocks macrumors regular

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    Ditto. I run high end games at near 100fps also. For your needs just get the base. It would be stupid to pay for more vram if you're not even going to use it.
     
  12. Stella macrumors 604

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    There's a huge price difference between the 2.4 and 2.5. Is it good value for money to get the 2.5? Personally, for myself, I'd say no.

    If your doing heavy graphics work then the 512MB VRAM on the 2.5 will benefit you. Otherwise, regular day to day usage I doubt you'd notice much difference at all between the two models.
     
  13. Gunga Din macrumors 6502

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    Totally agree with you. Plus i've had no heat issues. Infact alot of people are saying the newer chips run alot cooler. (maybe they changed something inside the MBP).
     
  14. akadmon macrumors 68010

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    Yes, 2.4 may be low on cache, but it leaves you with a stash of cash in your pocket, and you won't feel the difference on 97.53% of the stuff you'll be doing. Yeah, I just pulled this number out of thin air (which is not to say I calculated it in Numbers running on the worlds thinnest portable computer), but think it might be right. As for getting the previous gen 2.6, OK fine, except you'll be out of touch with the latest touch technology and you're laptop will be a lot hotter to the touch, so keep it away from your...most sensitive parts (or some such ;))
     
  15. kashik macrumors regular

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    I got the 2.4. The trade off is lower cache, 256MB VRAM, .1GHz and 50GB of space.

    In comparisons I saw over at Anandtech, the difference is very slight. Doesn't make sense to pay $500 for the upgrade. While ya you will see increases in performance (anywhere from 0-12%), you're being hugely ripped off for them.
     
  16. pionata macrumors 6502

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    and you can spend that 500$ to get 2 extra gigs of ram, Logic studio 7 and other software...
     
  17. Stella macrumors 604

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    Yup, I was thinking time capsule.
     
  18. kashik macrumors regular

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    Yup, even better point. That 2 extra gigs of ram will make a far bigger difference than 3more MB of cache.
     
  19. skiffx macrumors 6502a

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    4gbs of RAM costs a whooping 70$ so it should be done no matter what system you are getting. Now that said you might not feel a major difference between 2.5 setup and a 2.4 (whole package not just cpu), however you arent getting a laptop just for today and whats available today, you gotta think how it will behave in half a year or a year if not longer, so having that 512 vram is a safer bet for the future as well as that extra 3mb of cache.
     
  20. kashik macrumors regular

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    The 512MB version of the card is still an outdated setup, but with more VRAM. Don't count on that to help you out much further down the line than the 256MB version.

    You will most likely be limited by other components on that card before you are limited by its VRAM.

    Also, to think that your setup will be noticeably slower in half a year because of its cache is crazy.
     
  21. Stella macrumors 604

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    I have a Powerbook G4 with, what, 64MB VRAM. That amount doesn't bother me three years down the road. Of course, it depends on your needs - but then if I was into heavy graphic works, I wouldn't be buying a laptop, I'd buy a Mac Pro.

    The difference between 2.4 and 2.5 won't give you much more life of the laptop, for its main target audience.
     
  22. dailydoseofk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys you really helped me out. I think I'm going to go with 2.4 ghz with 2 gb of ram and 200gb harddrive at 7200 rpm. Once i order the laptop i'm also going to order two 2gb ram sticks and then sell the ones included with the laptop on ebay most likely. Now i need to know what the best RAM is! I've been reading how a lot of people install ram and the computer crashes
     
  23. dailydoseofk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh yeah i forgot to mention i'm getting the matte screen. I completely forgot I'm using an lcd screen right now with a matte screen and it looks amazing.
     
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