Differences between early and late 2011 MBP 17"

Iphoneness

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I have a buddy with an early 2011 MBP 17" for sale. It's got the standard 2.2ghz i7, 4gb ram, 750gb hdd. I have another option to get the late 2011 model but it's going to cost me a bit more.

My question is, are the differences subtle enough to where it's not that big of a deal to just go with the early 2011 model? I know they updated some things but it all looks like very slim differences.
 

GuitarG20

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you will find very few situations where the early 2011 MBP is overloaded where the late 2011 one won't be... personally I have found none, and I push my computers to their limits... it's just so much power.
 

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Cool. And I won't be doing anything too intense on it. It's for school and I will mainly just be using it for Internet, music and a couple games here and there, maybe Sims or Call of Duty
 

GuitarG20

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the 2.2 should work just fine for you then! you might consider upgrading the RAM, but that largely depends on your usage.
 

shardey

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These machines are more than powerhouses. The geek bench scores tell you that an 8-core xeon isn't even as powerful (benchmark wise).

I have the 17" and I love every bit of it. People say its huge, but its still lighter than most people's 15". Maybe they just are jealous to begin with that I have an apple, let alone the monstrous 17" :D

Plus the 6750 in the early 2011 can be over clocked to 775 core/ 975 memory @ .955 volts while maintaining lower temps!! So theres not really a difference there.

Get the early 2011, and enjoy the fact that some of the late 2011 come with lion installed and people cannot install lion on those (don't hold this against me, I just read a few instances of this problem).
 

thundersteele

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Difference is very small. The early 2011 model will be just fine.

For both it should still be possible to buy applecare, if you care about extended warranty.

Also, don't listen to the people who are too feeble to carry the 17'' MBP. If you're happy with the size, go for it.
 

Iphoneness

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I've had a couple 15" pros. Not enough screen realestate for me. 17" is massive. It'll be great.
 
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