Intel MacBook Question

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by teerexx52, Jan 25, 2006.

  1. teerexx52 macrumors 68000


    May 1, 2005
    Florida West Coast
    I have a question that I have researched on the various forums and although its been discussed I just am unsure of what the answer is or if there is one. I have a Powermac 2.0 Dual Core and I like it but I have always been a laptop person. The new Macbook fascinates me and I have almost ordered one three separate times. However, I am concerned that the MacBook will not be nearly as fast as my Powermac. I would prefer not to keep both as having 2 computers always drives me crazy but can't seem to make a final decision. Or maybe the decision is to wait and do nothing. I am basically an imovie, idvd, surf the net person and do processing of video from my camcorder. Does anyone really have an idea as to how the Macbook will compare to my Powemac or is it s wait and see when it comes out. Thanks
  2. thegreatluke macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2005
    The MacBook Pro WILL be faster than your PowerMac on some things and slower than your PowerMac on other things, due to the nature of both chips.

    I found a link that compares PowerMac Dual 2.0 GHz with the new iMac 2.0 GHz ... since the iMacs and the MacBook Pros have the same kind of processors, this could be used. However, the MacBook Pro doesn't come in 2.0 GHz, so it will be a bit slower than the 2.0 GHz.

    The Core Duo processors seem to be a lot better at rendering and multimedia processes, and since you're doing that I imagine that generally it will be faster for you.

    And when I was at the Apple Store the other day I was playing with the 17" iMac. It seemed very snappy and it loaded most apps almost instantly (iLife, iWork etc. not pro apps). Basically, you clicked the app to open, then blink, and when you opened your eyes the app would be running. Not instant, but almost.

    Edit: max_altitude is right - I had never thought about Intel PowerMacs. They will probably smoke the MBP's. Best luck in waiting.
  3. kretzy macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2004
    Canberra, Australia
    Any kind of laptop will realistically never be on par with a desktop computer. The MacBook Pro may compare with some of the current PMs, however, once the Intel incarnation of the PMs come out, they will most likely SMOKE the MBP. If you're really into video and dvd stuff, a PM is probably a better option.

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