Last years 2.2ghz vs this years 2.4ghz

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by fishnugget, May 14, 2008.

  1. fishnugget macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2008
    Can't make up my mind which pro to get. $1999 for new model, $1529 for last years 2.2?

    Are there any major differences? i am a PC user converting but must run XP for some business programs.

    Any thoughts? I am so confused.
  2. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    The "old" 2.2GHz and the "new" 2.4GHz is not much different.
    The new 2.4GHz holds a bit newer processor (penryn) which uses a bit less power thus giving the 2.4GHz a sligth advantage in battery life.
    The old 2.2GHz have a bigger cache (4 mb vs 3 mb in the 2.4GHz)
    The 2.4GHz have twice the graphics ram, but unless you are into high res gaming it won't matter at all.

    The things that matters is that the new 2.4GHz is stock with a 200GB hd and the 2.2GHz usually had a 120GB.

    Look are identical, they have the same keyboard and same screen.

    So is 80GB extra HD space and roughly 5% more cpu power worth 470 bucks?
    I'd say no, since you'll get a external keyboard and mouse and perhaps a decent external screen for that kinda of money, or something else you wanna spend your money on.
  3. MacBook Xeon macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2008
    IMO, its much better to go with the new one. But wait till June, or May of 09.
    Thats when the REAL new stuff gets released ;)

    And there is a SIGNIFICANT difference in processors.
    It basically Merom vs. Penryn

    Penryn is about twice as small, and uses less power, and outputs less heat.
  4. fishnugget thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2008
    Just looking for performance

    Wont be doing a ton of graphics.
    Do you think best to get Applecare warranty. ? Also conerned if I drop unit & it breaks?

    Heard I could get accidental plan from safeware.

    Any good?
  5. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
  6. DCSMAC macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2005
    in the refurb store the 2.4 penryn is $250 more than the 2.2 merom. Considering that this $250 gets you a cooler laptop, 20-30 minutes more battery life, an additional 80gb of hard drive, double the VRAM, multitouch, and the ability to utilize SSE4 instructions, i think it is definitally worth it.
  7. ScottFitz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2007
  8. Shabbis macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2008
    Actually the keyboard layout changed between the 2.2 and the 2.4, specifically the function buttons.
  9. ANTdod macrumors newbie


    Nov 2, 2007
    Fishnugget, I suggest you go with 2.2. It is enough. Especially that you don't plan to do any graphic design. MBP is a powerful laptop!
  10. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005

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  11. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    If you aren't a gamer, the most important difference between them is the new 2.4 has multi touch and better battery / cooler.
  12. Dustman macrumors 65816


    Apr 17, 2007
    Get the Penryn 2.4 (refurb), because you never know what the graphics requirements of a new OS may be.
  13. valvehead macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2008
    I consider the cooler running processor to be a big plus. I routinely use my MBP on my lap. It only gets too warm if I am doing something processor heavy. In that case I just crank the fans up a little.

    Initially I didn't think I would care for multitouch, but now I love it. With the addition of MultiClutch, you can set how each application reacts to the gestures.
  14. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    I felt the same way about multitouch. (My wife has it in her Macbook Air). I thought it was gimmicky, but I tried it out and VERY quickly adapted to it. Browsing with a combinition of two finger scrolling and three finger swiping was *perfect*. Only a few minutes later I went back to my work Dell and subconsciously tried to use the gestures and realized - they aren't there.

    Multitouch converted me from 'gimmick' to 'believer' in just a few minutes.

  15. bestthereis27 macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2007
    I was on the same boat as you. I decided to get the 2.2 model as the extra money didn't justify the small extras. I used the money I saved for 4GB of Ram and a 320GB harddrive. I dont play games and i really never use it for that long on battery alone, so it was a no brainer. I am very happy with my decision.
  16. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    And the end result is that you get slightly better battery life and slightly cooler operation. If you consider that "significant," than what would you consider "minor?"
  17. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    I agree it isn't 'significant', but it is more than minor.

    Minor might be going from a 2.5 Penryn to a 2.6 Penryn.

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