i7 2.2 or 2.3

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SureShot, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. SureShot macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2008
    Just curious if you guys think the upgrade is worth $250. I'm not really up on processor speeds so I was hoping there were some ideas from the users here.

    I appologize if this has been asked too death but I tried doing a search for both "2.3" and "2.3 i7" but kept coming up empty.

    Thanks guys/gals!
  2. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020


    Oct 1, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    It seems the jump from 2.0 to 2.2 is much larger than the 2.2 to 2.3. Personally I would be happy with the 2.2 and save the $230.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If you're like 99.999% of users, you'd never notice the difference. You'd get much more of a boost from adding RAM or a SSD.
  4. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    What are your current uses?
  5. koruki macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2009
    New Zealand
    Since you had to ask, I think your a 2.2 kinda guy =)
  6. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    I agree and that's what I'm focusing on. Will be adding 8GB RAM. If my SSD in the marketplace doesn't sell I may end up using that one till I get a larger.
  7. SureShot thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2008
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    Well, my current uses are Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, usually Dreamweaver or Coda & HD Video Playback on a daily basis & Premier, After Effects, Lightroom & Cinema 4D on a weekly (or so) timeline.

    I would consider myself a heavy user, this is why I asked if the extra speed the 2.3 would offer is beneficial for the money.

    Thank you for the feedback all!
  8. kappaknight macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2009
    Just get the 2.2 and save yourself the money for other upgrades. The 2.2 is fast and the 2.3 is marginally faster, not $250 faster.

    If you're asking yourself if the 2.3 will sell better in the future, no, it won't. By then, something MUCH faster will be in the market and the 2.3 will still only be marginally faster than the 2.2. Also, the people on Craigslist or eBay will not care about the CPU speed, they will just want the cheapest package that is affordable for them.
  9. kobyh15 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2011
    Pro users on these forums have even said that they would not pay the $250 for the 2.3. I think money would be best invested in a SATA III SSD or RAM.
  10. JodyK macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    Northern Atlanta suburbs
    I am totally one of those I gotta have mine bigger, better and fast than yours Mac guy BUT ... I bought the 2.2 and upgraded same day to 8GB of ram (cost something super cheap like $84 locally) and put in a Crucial C300 256 SSD and now I have bragging rights.

    I just couldn't justify the jump in $ for the small extra in processor speed.
  11. DCIFRTHS macrumors 6502a


    Jan 25, 2008

    I'm curious to know if TRIM is active after you put in your own SSD? Would you be able to post a screenshot? It would be greatly appreciated!
  12. amoergosum macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2008

    I don't think it's worth it. You'd be much better off saving that money and purchasing
    a SSD maybe in half a year or a year.
  13. skiltrip macrumors 68030

    May 6, 2010
    New York
    I didn't even think the $400 was worth the upgrade from 2.0 to 2.2.

    Just go with the 2.2.
  14. Meetster macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2011
    Since am going to play casual but still want some decent graphics i went with the 2.2GHz, i really thought about the 2.3 but now I saved 250$ and will get an update on RAM to 8GB :)
  15. amoergosum macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2008
    That's what I did.
  16. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Optional processors are rarely worth it unless you're dealing with i5 to i7 or an Air where every MHz can make a difference, you're better off putting that money towards where it would count and that is memory/HDD/SSD. 2.2 is enough.
  17. tcador macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    Same here, plus went with the 128GB SSD from Apple. Very pleased.
  18. azt33 macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2006
    Zurich, Switzerland
    And you saved some money :)
  19. Meetster macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2011
    Well I think the processor update from 2.0GHz to 2.2GHz is worth it since it will also get you the better GPU :p

    from 6490M to 6750M i think it's a big step as fas as i heard and read.
  20. Guy Mancuso macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2009
    This is a quote from Lloyd Chambers in his Mac performance guide.

    The 5% faster 2.2 => 2.3GHz CPU option is not worth the $250 upcharge for most users, since 5% is barely noticeable. However, the 2.3GHz option also offers a 1/3 larger cache (8MB instead of 6MB), and this can be helpful for programs actually using all four CPU cores

    The bottom line is what programs you are using that use all 4 cores. For me it is processing Raw images in Capture One so i jumped all over the 2.3.
  21. zenio macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2011
    I'd seriously bet ten thousand dollars most users couldn't tell the different in a test, period. Save the money.
  22. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    The extra speed is only going to equate to maybe 10% faster in SOME cases. Frankly an SSD and/or 8GB of RAM are better ways to spend your money. If it's a choice between an SSD and the 2.3ghz processor, the SSD will make a world of difference over the processor upgrade. I didn't even give it a second thought when I ordered my 15" MBP with the 2.2ghz processor. That $230 was spent on upgrading to the 128gb SSD and 8GB of ram from another vendor and I still spent less than the cost of the upgrade!
  23. wingsabr macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2008
    $25 yes, $250 not a chance. Enjoy those extra upgrades!
  24. dagamer34 macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    If you don't plan on getting an SSD, a CPU upgrade should not be how you spend $230.
  25. sbrashear macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2010
    Like some others I'm on the fence about the 2.2 of 2.3 processor. I was wondering if there is a way to figure out what programs use all four cores. Is that determined by the program or the computer depending on resources needed? Do programs like Aperture, Photoshop, FCP, After Effects, etc., use all four cores or does that depend on what it is those programs are doing? Will I see a difference when processing RAW photos in Aperture, where now with the computer that I have, it will bog down sometime to the point of freezing as it generates previews? Will the extra 2MB of L3 cache make a difference for graphics intensive programs?

    Unfortunately, an SSD is not an option as I need at least a 500GB (7200RPM, of course) hard drive and the 512GB is not a option for me. I am considering a Seagate Momentus XT as I have good luck with that model on the current MBP I have.

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