"Downgrading" From Penryn MB to 2.16 CD MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by adamjohn_98, May 4, 2008.

  1. adamjohn_98 macrumors member

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    As you can see from the title, I am "downgrading" from a new Penryn MacBook to an older CoreDuo MacBook Pro, mainly for its graphics capability and the fact that I can make a bit of money out of the swap to help pay bills.

    What kind of performance decrease (if any) will I see in regards to boot time and general system performance? Also, any widespread issues with this particular model of MacBook Pro? The one I purchased still has 1 year of AppleCare left on it, just in case something happens.

    FYI: I generally use the MacBook in clamshell mode connected to a 22" LCD.

    System Info:

    2.16 CoreDuo MacBook Pro
    2gb System RAM
    256mb VRAM
    250gb HD

    2.4GHz Core2Duo MacBook
    4gb System RAM
    250gb HD

    Thanks!
     
  2. masse macrumors 6502a

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    swap one mb ram stick with one of the mbp to max out the ram at 3gb. After that you won't notice much of a performance decrease with most tasks, and you'll still have the greater 3d ability of the x1600.
     
  3. alphaod macrumors Core

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    You won't notice much of a difference for mundane tasks.
     
  4. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    I think you mean Core2Duo on the 2.16, right? That's the speed I have. I can't believe you'll notice much of a difference. I've got 2GB of RAM and can't max it out with 6 big apps running. The only reason I could think of the 2.4 would be faster is doing something like HandBrake. That's the one app I have noticed responds really well to CPU speed.
     
  5. adamjohn_98 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the help so far guys; I wish it was a Core2Duo, I believe this model was the last CoreDuo model produced, part number MA601LL from May 2006.
     
  6. raymondu999 macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, there was a top-of-the-line CD 2.16, then Apple switched to the 2.16 baseline C2D
     

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