Late 2008 MBP vs 2010 MBP

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  1. bc.91 macrumors newbie

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    I have a late 2008 MPB 15"(I think first Unibody) and have been looking at upgrading to a newer 15" I saw on apples refurb they have a 2010 2.53 i5 for a pretty decent price part of the upgrade would be to get a better screen is the resolution or graphics any better or worth the upgrade?
     
  2. McGiord macrumors 601

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    I also have a late 2008 and it suffers a screen blinking from time to time.
    The battery of the 2010 definitely will be better.

    Late 2008:
    Nvidia GeForce 9400M with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory and Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT with 256 MB or 512 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM
    Can switch between the two (but cannot use both)

    mid 2010:
    Intel HD Graphics with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory and Nvidia GeForce GT 330M with 256 MB or 512 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM(15" and 17" models)
    Automatically switches between graphics hardware when running Mac OS X

    An old threads about it:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=906709

    http://www.barefeats.com/mbpp21.html
     
  3. vitzr macrumors 68030

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    Apple refurbished are excellent buys. Compared to the 2008 low-res I had, the 2010 I have with the hi-res, anti-glare display is a huge improvement. I knew it would be since I've had them for several years on my ThinkPads, when Apple did not offer them.

    I waited and waited and finally in 2010 Apple decided to get up to date and offer hi-res. It's truly worth it. i5 @ 2.53 is a good processor, so overall you would be making a nice jump up in performance. I certainly would suggest you take advantage of it, if you can get the hi-res as well.
     
  4. bc.91 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    what about the graphics on a 2011 2.0 i7 with amd ? nice refurbished on there too
     
  5. TheRdungeon macrumors 6502

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    I'd go for the '11 tbh, the quad core is worth it, but the 2010 has a better graphics card than the base '11
     
  6. bc.91 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I guess what I'm looking for is there a noticeable difference in graphics between the 08 and 10?
     
  7. TheRdungeon macrumors 6502

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    yea man the graphics card is miles better, and high res screen is brilliant
     
  8. bc.91 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok because the 10 is way cheaper and I don't really need the extra power of the 11 but want the nicer screen dont think the refurb is hi res though
     
  9. McGiord macrumors 601

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    Thanks for the suggestion, but so far I cannot afford a new Mac.
    I paid almost $3,000 when the late 2008 came out, 15" 2.8Ghz, besides the screen blinking and the poor battery life, it is a good Mac with 8GB Ram and 256GB SSD and 1TB internal HDD.
    The newer ones cost almost half of what I paid, however I don't have the funds, and no immediate need to upgrade.
    If I had the funds I will pursue what you guys are doing, refurbished and not the top of the line/year to save some cash.
     
  10. bc.91 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    now the decision is 2011 refurb standard res or go 2011 new with hi res glossy
     
  11. macagain macrumors regular

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    hi res units do show up in refurb once in awhile... most common is the 2.3 hr ag, then then 2.2 hr ag... i've see 2.2 hr glossy may twice b4...

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    like this... http://store.apple.com/us/product/G0M18LL/A?mco=MjIzNjAzMTI

    2.3 hr ag, $2159 (avail. as of Thu 10/13, 357pm mountain)
     

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