Just for the sake of conversation...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by gooter80, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. gooter80 macrumors member

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    Which of the two would be faster, and which would you rather have?

    15" with the i5 and a 7200rpm HDD (sub in whichever of the two i5's you like)
    or
    13" with the C2D and one of Apple's SSDs (again, sub whichever processor you like)

    I only ask for the sake of conversation, and it is one thing I don't think I've seen discussed in much depth, although I admit I haven't seen every thread here.

    So, what say you?:)
     
  2. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

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    I'd say it depends on what you're doing. Sequential read writes are faster on the magnetic drive, but all other hard drive operations would be slower. I would say that the SSD would be faster if you're doing a lot of multitasking that has high disk access but low processor usage. On the other hand, if you are doing low I/O tasks (or high sequential I/O) that require a lot of processor (think video encoding or gaming) then the HDD and i5 combo is better.

    Every day computing, probably the SSD combo.
     
  3. sth macrumors 6502a

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    The 13" with the SSD will feel (and be) faster in everyday use.
    The 15" with the HDD will be faster at highly CPU-demanding stuff.

    In any case: I wouldn't get a SSD from Apple directly. Aftermarket SSDs are better and cheaper.
     
  4. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I can upgrade the HDD to an SSD later, so I'll take that thanks.
     
  5. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    ^^^^^
    I would also most definitely take the 15" MBP. You can get the SSD at a later time.
     
  6. Jon03021 macrumors member

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    I'm in the same boat. Purchase a 15'' with the high res screen and everything else default or the 13'' with an Intel g2 SSD and a some money left over for some extras.

    It's such a tough choice!
     

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