Getting 2011 13" Base i5 with 2.3 one question first

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Wicked1, May 10, 2011.

  1. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    Going to Apple store to get the 2011 i5 2.3 for my son this weekend, is the i5 base 13" that much faster for basic functions than a C2D chip. I know there are only 2 Cores, but it has 4 threads, and I am guessing that is where the performance of the new chip takes place as well as new silicon architechture.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  3. ipodlover77 macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2009
  4. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2008
    It won't be a huge difference but the i5 will be more snappy and responsive. The difference will be appreciable but not night and day unless you spent ages waiting around for your C2D to complete tasks.
  5. Naimfan macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2003
    I have both the i5 13" Sandy Bridge and a 2.53 GHz base 15" (the mid-2009 version).

    For most things, they are comparable--you can't really tell a difference. However, the i5 is a bit snappier, and MUCH faster when I'm working in Final Cut Express or iMovie.

    I love the speed of the i5--there is simply no question it is significantly faster--but love the screen of the 15" (even with nVidia 9400m graphics)--the size alone makes it worth keeping.

    So, in short, the new i5 2.3 is stunning, and your son should be ecstatic with it.
  6. kobyh15 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2011

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