Is the 2.6 BTO worth the extra $250?

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  1. smudged macrumors member

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    I've settled on the 2.5 MBP because of the not crippled cache, the 512 video memory and the faster processor. The 2.6 BTO is really tempting, I would like to know if it's worth it. I want this computer to last at least 5 years. I'll use Logic 8 and do some photo editing on it, maybe some gaming eventually.
     
  2. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    simply, NO! 200Mhz is not worth the money. The difference between won't be noticeable.
     
  3. asme macrumors regular

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    No, it's really not worth the money.

    You wouldn't notice the difference at all.

    Also, if the sole purpose of the 512MB vRAM is gaming, then 256mb is more than enough for the 8600M GT. Since it's only a 128-bit chip, it won't handle 512MB of VRAM well, so you wouldn't notice a difference between the 512 and the 256.
     
  4. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020

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    200MHz? Who said? 2.5->2.6. 100 MHz! Even worse eh? :D
     
  5. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    It's an extra 100Mhz on each core...making it a total of 200Mhz more.
     
  6. smudged thread starter macrumors member

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    Wait excuse my ignorance but it is 2.4Ghz on each core? Totalling 4.8 Ghz?
     
  7. Zel macrumors regular

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    Two motorcycles does not a car make.
     
  8. smudged thread starter macrumors member

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    Can you just answer without any metaphors. Some people like me are stupid.
     
  9. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    Each core is indeed 2.4Ghz. So, the total processing amount is 4.8. However, you can't say it operates at 4.8, as each core can be doing its own thing.
     
  10. smudged thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh that's gonna make a big improvement. I'm still on a 1.5 Ghz single core. Can't wait till I get my MBP (I hope I get a good one). Thanks for answering.
     
  11. Ryox macrumors 6502a

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    I got the 2.6 because I just happened to have that $250 or the equivalent of that in GBP spare to spend.
    I guess it helps in Final Cut and Logic when doing processor intensive tasks where both cores are maxed.
     
  12. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    Whatever helps you justify, :)... If a 4% increase is reasonable for $250 to you, I am glad you are happy.
     
  13. Ryox macrumors 6502a

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    Well if I work 8 hours a day and if my macbook pro is 4% faster, that saves me 19.2 minutes per day. Times that by 5; thats 96 minutes.
    So thats an extra hour and 36 minutes I can spend with my wife each week. Thats priceless for me.
     
  14. buywisdom macrumors member

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    I don't mean to bust your bubble but I doubt it would add up to anywhere near 96mins a day. Since most of the time you use your computer you are doing something that will not use 100% of the processing power and thus you are not actually saving time. Furthermore if you are like me you probably waste any saved time combing through these forums.
     
  15. g00k macrumors regular

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    yep...
    u only save that much time if ur mac runs at 100% the whole time...
    well maybe it will save u time but ur mac would be dead in no time :D
     
  16. alphaod macrumors Core

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    No it's not worth it; it's never worth getting the best; I mean if you really want it, there is no way to stop you, but all practicality is concerned, it is not worth it.
     
  17. Bobioden macrumors 68000

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    I got a good laugh out of that one. :)
     
  18. Bobioden macrumors 68000

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    If you work 8 hours a day, you will still be GONE 8 hours a day.
     
  19. Ryox macrumors 6502a

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    I mainly work from home. I meant 96 mins a week
    And just let it go, Its just a laptop
     

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