i5 or i7 which did you get and why?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tim100, Jun 15, 2010.

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MBP processor

  1. i7 because its faster

    27 vote(s)
    45.8%
  2. i5 better battery

    26 vote(s)
    44.1%
  3. c2d better battery, cheaper.

    6 vote(s)
    10.2%
  1. tim100 macrumors 65816

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    interesting article i5 has better battery while i7 performs better. which did you get and why? i see alot of web sites suggesting i5.
     
  2. dsprimal macrumors 6502a

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    i7 because i wanted the newest and best mbp and to game with it. :D
     
  3. parkjoony macrumors newbie

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    just because only the i7 provides 512 vram compared to i5's 256 vram
     
  4. Str8edgepunker macrumors 6502

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    1. Because it's an i7 and not an i5.
    2. Because it's about 10% faster than the 2.53ghz i5.
    3. It runs at 2.66ghz and has one more Turbo Boost bin per mode (+399mhz dual core and +665mhz single core)
    4. It has a larger cache of 4mb. Larger is better.
    5. Finally, It cost the same price as a 2.53ghz i5 because of my student discount.
     
  5. Sankersizzle macrumors 6502a

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    i5 because my 17" gives me 512 VRAM anyways :D!

    and because i got my macbook as a present and i couldn't chose the i7, haha. i LOVE my MBP anyways. my first mac and i might never go back. weird for a computing student :p.
     
  6. robotmonkey macrumors 6502

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  7. Eithanius macrumors 65816

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    Bragging rights...? Haha... :D

    But that's not me... Just got the money to fling to get me something to last longer...
     
  8. Ronnoco macrumors 68030

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    I played with both the i7 and the i5 for a few days before making my decision to get the i5...IMO, the base i5 is the best value in the MBP line right now...
    It had everything I needed as far as speed, graphics and size and with my business account discount and the free HP printer it came in under $1700.00 which was the price point I was looking for....the i5 was perfect for my needs...
     
  9. Lola M macrumors member

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    i5 because its more than enough for browsing the net and editing and organizing pictures. Comparing to my less than 2-year old MBP, this baby is a BEAST. No buyers remorse here. Perfect choice!
     
  10. Dj BW macrumors regular

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    exactly
     
  11. Reapur macrumors regular

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    my i7 lasts about 5 hours tooling around on the MacRumors forums. The difference in batter life is going to be minimal.

    And in conclusion bigger numbers are better, duh?
     
  12. Spartan-117 macrumors newbie

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    Depends really on what you plan to use it for, if you do heavy graphics with lots of textures then the i7 would work out better but otherwise go for i5 as the cpu / gpu will become a bottleneck well before the extra 256mb of ram becomes of any importance. Also the cpu bump is not that much specially if you add the fact that the i5 can automatically overclock any cores if only 1 or 2 are being used :)
     
  13. Lunchb0x8 macrumors 6502a

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    I went for the C2D 13"

    I wanted something portable, yet powerful.

    I didn't want a machine that could be used to slaughter me should I be rude to the missus, thus, I went for a smaller, lighter machine.
     
  14. robotmonkey macrumors 6502

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    The small sacrifice in performance is well worth the better battery life, smaller and more attractive form factor, and lower price.
     
  15. fattakin macrumors newbie

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    15" i5 as I thought it was the best all rounder, and its a flying machine and has devoured everything I've thrown at it so far.
     
  16. kr4yzi3 macrumors newbie

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    Low-end i5 since it fits my budget, along with the student discount and back to school promotion. I didn't know that the i5 battery is better comparing between the i5 and the i7 though :D
     
  17. Nugget macrumors 65816

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  18. peapody macrumors 68040

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    Got the i5...because that is the top of what I can afford. :p
     
  19. tim100 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    well, i think most will opt for the i5. there is only one standard sku of the i7 in 15. bto you can get it in 17 inch.

    most people on here buy a higher spec machine than the general mac buying public. apple must think the i5 is a good chip being its in all but one standard 15-17 sku.

    i would have like to see an i chip in the 13 maybe a ulv. with the mini update it seems that apple is not done with c2d yet, which is ok with me.
     
  20. Plutonius macrumors 604

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    i5...

    If Apple sold an anti-glare normal res display (or the had true resolution independence), I would have got an i7. As it was, I decided to buy the minimum i5 and put a 500gb drive in it.
     
  21. drchiu macrumors newbie

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    i7

    i7 because it's faster. All this stuff is gonna be old in about a year anyway, but I'd hope the i7 will keep me from buying another computer for at least 2 years.
     
  22. Sankersizzle macrumors 6502a

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    shoot. now i wish i had an i7. do you guys think i could go back to the apple store after a month of having it and trade 'er in and upgrade? :p
     
  23. Kavier macrumors 6502a

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  24. maestroscott macrumors newbie

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    I love the extra screen space on the i7 with a matte screen...
     
  25. deus ex machina macrumors regular

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    When comparing the base i5 to the i7, you could mention the 400 dollar price differential (C2D 13" even more substantial). Frankly, it is economics that decides between the two CPUs. If it were a hundred dollar option (cost difference in the chip), just about every one would take it.

    My 2¢
     

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