How does the new MacBook compare to mine from 2009? :o

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Mercuric Oxide, Mar 31, 2015.

  1. Mercuric Oxide macrumors 6502

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    So I haven't bought a new computer in a WHILE.

    I last bought a macbook in early 2009:

    2.4 ghz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4 GB of ram, aluminum body.

    Obviously, computer chips have come a long way -- will the Core M architecture of the new MacBooks completely smoke my computer even though its only 1.1 ghz?

    I'm only weary because I purchased a first generation MBA before the Macbook and that thing would overheat just from playing youtube so I had to sell it. I want an ultra light weight lap top but not at the expense of sacrificing basic functions.

    I'm a writer and mainly use my laptop for that, so the one I have now works perfectly fine since Pages isn't exactly intensive :p.

    Though, I do sometimes experience a little slow down (I'm assuming it's due to the new OS's consuming more and more ram?).

    The most intensive app I would ever use is Photoshop, and for basic stuff.

    Thanks for any comments
     
  2. Meister Suspended

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    The new macbook is not out yet.

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    You are assuming wrong.
    Your macbook contains an hdd.

    Mavericks and Yosemite are optimized for ssds.
    Swap your hdd for an ssd.

    Use your macbook until it breaks. Upgrading now for surfing and writing is a waste of $$$.
     
  3. Mercuric Oxide thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ^^ Actually, my macbook contains a 128GB SSD.

    And my main reason for upgrading would be increased portability.

    I know the macbook is not out yet, but I assumed people here would be familiar with PC's with a similar processor.

    Thanks though.
     
  4. newellj macrumors 601

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    I think the general view here, especially among people who are planning to buy or at least try one, is that the new retina Macbook should work very well for what you're doing, assuming that the light weight and compact size are a plus for you and that you're comfortable with the cost and Apple's emphasis on wireless connectivity and/or using a dongle when you need to charge and connect external hardware.
     
  5. Meister Suspended

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    what slowdown do you experience. When do you experience it. What do you do when you experience it. It could be caused by your Internet connection.
     
  6. Mercuric Oxide thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It only happens when I'm doing many things at once.

    Such as having 5+ tabs open in safari while also have 3-4 documents open in Pages (one of the said documents will generally be up to 400 pages).

    The computer literally slows down -- I get beach balls and there's stuttering when switching windows or items. Also, the fans rev up to the MAX.

    That's why I assumed it to be a ram issue. Or it can just be an old computer conking out. I don't know.

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    Cool, good to know. Thank you for your reply.
     
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    For you as a writer, only the screen difference is enough
    Protect your eyes with a retina display
     
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    Awesome. Thanks for the links

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    I agree. Retina will be a nice improvement.
     
  10. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

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    Retina being a 'nice improvement' is an understatement in my mind.
     
  11. squirrrl macrumors 6502a

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    For anything basic like writing, browsing, light photoshop work I think this new Mac is fantastic for those who do this type of thing at different locations or while traveling.

    The only think I'm worried about is screen size and the keyboard, which is why I'll be going into the store to check it out first.

    When I'm writing grants, I sometimes have Word/Pages open as well as another window, like Endnote, or Safari/Chrome when I'm looking up references and researching previous papers. I might have to just get used to going back and forth between windows.
     
  12. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    AND THAT'S THE ONLY REASON YOU NEED my man. Never mind whether it will blow your current one away in term of performance or whether you need the extra speed.

    I was curious and look up your 2009, it's a fricking 5LB! A current Air or the new rMB, either, will make you smile so much in term of portability, not to mention the ALL DAY BATTERY, you can sit at Starbucks until they kick you out!

    Go for it man, and don't let the "accountant" knows how much yr spending.
     
  13. Ismuz192311 macrumors newbie

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    I don't know if I should buy the new Mac Book Pro retina 13, or other powerfull notebook like MSI GE60 2PE Apache Pro or for example the HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1...what should I do????
     
  14. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

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    What's Apple's emphasis on wireless connectivity?
     
  15. Ismuz192311 macrumors newbie

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    Yes, I know in the last version of Pro Retina 13 there are new beautiful features like Tunderbolt or the USB gate, and it's the best in graphics resolution,but at least in Italy It's not recommended for The relationship between quality and price almost it is one of the best in this field! Thank you for the answer :)
     
  16. newellj macrumors 601

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    Providing a single USB C port for everything other than headphones.
     
  17. Ismuz192311 macrumors newbie

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    In the last version there's more than one USB gate
     
  18. newellj macrumors 601

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    Not in the new retina MacBook, which is what he's asking about.
     
  19. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

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    Your link references the Leveno Ultrabook which, I believe, wasn't rated as well as an Asus model (as best I can remember). So, I think the Apple Core M rMB will do better than just 2028.
     
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    yes, sorry....however the benchmarks themselfs are known ones, aren't they?
     
  23. Mcdevidr macrumors 6502a

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    Seems like the single core performance is much higher than haswell Y but the multicore is around the same. I used an i3 surface pro and never really found it lacking for power.
     

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