Difference between Core 2 Duo and i5 processors?

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  1. MacBookPro13" macrumors 6502a

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    Is there a big/small difference between the C2D in the 2010 13" base model and the i5 in the 2011 base model?

    Would you notice a difference in the day to day applications like Safari, iTunes, Word processing, skype, & adium?

    Playing Football Manager 2011, will it be faster with the new processor?



    Basically is there a noticeable difference to a MBP user between the 2010 processor and the 2011 one? :)
     
  2. -Ken- macrumors regular

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    I believe there is a noticeable difference at least with my limited time using both.

    I am currently typing this from my new Pro with an i7 processor which I found to be not much faster than the i5 with most programs, I bought it anyway.
     
  3. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020

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    My new i5 2.3 is waaaaay faster than my old C2D 2.16
     
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    Without sounding like a complete n00b, the C2D I have is 2.4GHz and the i5 is 2.3, wouldn't that suggest that the 2.4 is faster? :eek:
     
  5. Mik3F macrumors 6502

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    The C2D has 2 cores. The i5 also has 2 cores but each core has 2 threads (effectively making it 4 cores)
     
  6. Boe11 macrumors 6502a

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    Technically the clock speed is faster. But there's a lot more to it than that :)

    The new i5s are much faster when under a load, but honestly for the needs you've listed, I don't think you'll notice a ton of difference.
     
  7. AppleGoat macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, the 2.3ghz i5 is a profoundly faster processor than the 2.4ghz C2D. If the 2.4ghz C2D were faster, the 2011 13" would be a mess.
     
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    I am getting a 2011 replacement for a defective 2010 model but thanks for the info anyway. :)

    I might not notice much of a difference but I think I will feel a little more relived knowing that I have a new processor as my 4 year old Dell Inspiron 1525 had a C2D :D
     
  9. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    Not entirely same comparison, but I went from a 2.2GHhz C2D MBP (15 inch, late 2007) to the 15 inch 2.4GHz i5 (2010).

    Day to day tasks, not much difference at all. (iTunes, Safari, Adium, etc)
    Gaming, Photoshop, video editing and encoding, the i5 is a lot faster.
     
  10. AppleGoat macrumors 6502a

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    Well, the 15-inch 2010 also has discrete graphics.
     
  11. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    So did the 2007 model.

    And yes, a Sandy Bridge i5 will be much faster than the Core 2 Duo you currently have. It won't be apparent in every task, but for video editing, gaming, etc it'll be nice.
     
  12. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

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    Put an SSD in the last gen MBP 13" and compared to the new MBP with normal hard drive things will even out pretty well. Processor is not the only factor in performance.

     
  13. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

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    Keep in mind that the new 13 inch MBPs with the i5 processor outperform the previous 17 inch MBPs with an i7. The difference between the new 13 and old 13 should be huge, but only noticeable with intense apps. If you're not editing, rendering, or gaming, even apple's slowest notebook (the 11 inch air) will be plenty fast for you.
     

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