How much improvement from C2D to i5?

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  1. yalag macrumors 65816

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    My friend is offering me a macbook pro for a cheap price because he is switching back to a PC. I currently own a 2.66 C2D macbook pro with 4Gb ram. His macbook pro is brand new last week 2.4 i5 with 4Gb ram. How much improvement from C2D to i5? Does it make sense for me to upgrade? I'm familiar with the graphic cards and such.

    Thank you!
     
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  3. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    It's enormous, I went from 2.53ghz C2D to 2.66 i7 and the jump is incredible...
     
  4. yalag thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Am I reading it right??

    MacBook Pro (13-inch Late 2011)
    Intel Core i5-2435M 2.4 GHz (2 cores) 6096

    MacBook Pro (13-inch Early 2010)
    Intel Core 2 Duo P8800 2.66 GHz (2 cores) 3645

    o_O
     
  5. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    For the longest time now, GHz numbers haven't meant much anymore... It's all optimisation and dual core technology improvements.
     
  6. Trentolol macrumors member

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    You will notice a great difference...an awesome one. ;)
     
  7. yalag thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Honestly, I didn't think the macbook pro was worth it until recently. Apple was always behind when it came to processors used but once sandy bridge came out and they packaged it with the mbp, I was sold. Sandy bridge is a big upgrade from C2d where I finally bought a mbp :)
     
  9. Medic278 macrumors 6502a

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    The difference between the two is leaps and bounds, I have a dual core i7 and it blew my C2D out of the water and into the stratosphere it was so much faster.
     
  10. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    For day to day, my 2.26 c2d mb is the same as my 2.66 i7mbp
     
  11. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    Really?? The boot time of my i7 is way under half and virtually all applications load and run faster.
     
  12. Ccrew macrumors 68020

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    If all you use it for is like a light up typewriter, he's probably correct. There are a *lot* of folks out there who's computing needs are at that level, in which case you're really not stressing the computer enough to see a huge difference.
     
  13. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    The boot time for both machines is nearly the same in my experiences

    As far as usage, anything such as internet, email, word, music, it is the same experience.

    Even more resource hungry apps like Matlab arent that much different though in most cases the work I do in Matlab is ram hungary and not cpu intense and I have 8 gigs in each machine.

    However, if we talk about video transcoding, the i7 dominates it. I am sure it does in other ways too but not in ways I use my machines

    However, even with this in mind, I still get tech lust haha
     

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