Late-2008 15" MBP: 2.53GHz vs. 2.8GHz? Worth the $250? (Both have 512MB 9600M GT)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by GodWhomIsMike, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. GodWhomIsMike macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2007
    Late-2008 15" MBP: 2.53GHz vs. 2.8GHz? Worth the extra $250 for just the extra CPU speed, when both have 320GB hard drives, 4GB DDR3 ram, and 512MB 9600M GT?

    $1449 vs $1699. Opinion?

    I use Photoshop CS4, record videos in AVI format and compile/encode them into DVD format, FileMaker 10 Pro Advanced, various Virtual Machines, videos, light gaming, etc...

    Starting a graduate program in Computer Science this Fall, so probably some programming too.
  2. GodWhomIsMike thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2007
    I currently have a 2.16 GHz Macbook with 2GB DDR2 ram, 320GB hard drive, and the horrible GMA 950 graphics.

    This machine chokes to death with any media tasks, and just playing online video makes the fans on this thing spin at max speed.
  3. relativist macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2009
    Personally, I'd go with more screen size, especially if your going to be using it often without an external monitor. That's my preference anyway.
  4. GodWhomIsMike thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2007
    I have a 22" monitor that it will be displaying to most of the time. Majority of the time, it will serve as a desktop machine, hooked up to a monitor.

    Although... with the $250 saved, I could replace this 22" with a Dell S2409W 24" Full HD Widescreen Monitor. Hmmmm
  5. aaquib macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2007
    Toronto, Canada
    I'd go with the 2.66, no doubt about it. The 2.8 will only show a performance boost when encoding your AVI files to DVD's, but even then, it'll be a nominal increase. Definitely not worth the $250, unless you'll be sitting there with a time counting the extra few seconds :rolleyes:
  6. Theclamshell macrumors 68030

    Mar 2, 2009
    doesent the 2.8 have the 7 hour batt and the sd slot??
  7. jb1280 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2009
    there existed a processor upgrade to 2.8 in the first iteration of the late 2008 15", so the old battery and expresscard slot.
  8. TK2K macrumors 6502


    Jun 4, 2006
    you'll notice the difference with video apps

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