Heat + Battery 13'' 2.4 vs. 2.67

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mac(maybe), Apr 24, 2010.

  1. mac(maybe) macrumors member

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    Dear experts,

    I would like to buy a 2010 mbp 13'', with heat, portability and battery life issues as most important factors.

    Given the fact that, in this respect, I consider a good choice to have a core2duo instead of an i3 or i5 given the reduced power consumption,
    I would like to ask:

    2.4 vs. 2.67: would I see less heat developing on the chassis? What about the battery life?

    Another question: is the capacity of the disk (320 or 500 GB) somewhat influencing heat and battery life?

    I really thank you in advance for any advice!!!

    Dan
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    2.4GHz should run little cooler and give longer battery life as it consumes less power

    HD doesn't affect the battery life more than 1%, so...

    Get the low-end, high-end ain't worth it
     
  3. mac(maybe) thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your answer.
    Do you mean low-end disk as well (320 GB)?
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Yes. You can upgrade it yourself later on and get up to 1TB
     
  5. EasyJW macrumors member

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    The higher end will use a tiny bit more battery but you won't really notice it, saying that you won't notice the speed bump either [​IMG] so go with the lower end one
     
  6. mac(maybe) thread starter macrumors member

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    :D Beware, I always stop-watch myself zipping a 10GB file. So I would definitely notice it!!! :D

    Jokes apart, I am a computational scientist and a bit of bash scripting + graphical postprocessing of molecular simulations (mainly on a 24'' external screen, mainly opengl stuff) is all I will ask to my small laptop.
    The big things are being done either on a cluster or on a graphical workstation.
     
  7. instaxgirl macrumors 65816

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    I bought the low end - far too expensive for almost no upgrade for the higher end.

    Thus far this thing is running beautifully and extremely cooly. I occasionally hear a slight whirr that suggests fans, but there doesn't ever seem to be much heat. Then again I think the most taxing thing I've made it do so far is video chat while editing photos.

    The battery life is outstanding. I've had it 4 days and have charged it twice. It's probably been used for about 5/6 hours a night since I got it. I keep lifting it up and going to move the wire out my way then realising, no wire needed :D
     
  8. mac(maybe) thread starter macrumors member

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    By the way, I now have a Fujitsu S7110 with a T2400 1.83 Ghz Core duo and 2.5 Gb ram. I have windows xp + cygwin, and I really push this laptop to its limits, with graphics, fortran programming, testing and scientific production.

    This processor is 31 W and running Windows Xp and low display I (used to) reach 4 Hrs battery life.

    I think that IN ANY CASE with the Core2Duo 25 W with 3MB L2 Cache, SpeedStep, Vanderpool etc. (and, main thing, mac os x :) ) I will see improvements everywhere... can't wait.
     

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