Difference between last gen Macbook Pro's and Current gen?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by GUILTIE, May 18, 2008.

  1. GUILTIE macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2008
    I've been searching for prices on the Macbook pro's on various sites, and I'm having trouble understanding what the difference of the current gen and last gen Macbook pro's are. I know the base speed is now 2.4 GHz, instead of like 2.2, but how can I easily tell the difference since it could just be the upper last gen model that I'm looking at? For example, here's a refurbrished Macbook Pro on Apple's site:

    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

    15.4-inch widescreen display
    2GB memory
    200GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB of GDDR3 memory
    Built-in iSight Camera
  2. xhambonex macrumors 6502a

    Apr 17, 2008
    Well I would say harddrive space. I have last gen MBP (merom) 2.4ghz and have a 160gb. Yup, just double checked wiki for ya, which has a breakdown of the macbook pro updates. 200gb hard drive means current revision. (penryn)
  3. bsolomonny macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2007
    If it has a multi-touch track-pad then it is the current generation. You could probably also tell by price. If you still can find a previous generation MBP it should be discounted substantially. I just got one for 1400 after tax.
  4. motoxpress macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2006
    If you are talking about the difference between the Santa Rosa (2.2-2.4MHz models) and Penryn (2.4-2.6Mhz models) then there are a few differences:

    -256-512 video memory as opposed to 128-256 on the SR models.
    -Multi-touch trackpad
    -CPU speed

  5. xhambonex macrumors 6502a

    Apr 17, 2008
    Although I agree in the sense of what you all are considering a multi-touch trackpad, technically speaking the MBP SR has a multi-touch, it just doesn't support gestures like the new ones do. So I am not sure how apple clarifies it on its models, but ya...not really helpful, I'd stick with harddrive space as an easy give-away.
  6. Hawkeye411 macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2007
    Canada EH!!!

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