Little Help old 2.66 15" vs new 2.66?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by xxnoelziexx, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. xxnoelziexx macrumors regular

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    my work have some great deals and have 2 machines left.
    I have some spare cash and want to get a spare latop. Which one would you lot advise. I am leaning towards the cheaper older model. I had my heart set on the 13 2.53 which i could get for £1080 but paying the little extra seems a no brainer lol


    MC026B/A (£1135 through work)
    Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz ( Dual-Core )
    RAM - 4 GB (installed) / 4 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM - 1066 MHz - PC3-8500 ( 2 x 2 GB )
    Hard Drive - 320 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
    Operating System - Apple MacOS X 10.5
    Screen - 15.4" TFT 1440 x 900 ( WXGA+ )
    Optical Drive - DVD±RW (±R DL) - integrated
    Graphics - NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT / GeForce 9400M - 512 MB

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    MB985B/A or newer one (£1280 through work)
    Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz ( Dual-Core )
    RAM - 4 GB (installed) / 8 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM - 1066 MHz - PC3-8500 ( 2 x 2 GB )
    Hard Drive - 320 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
    Operating System - Apple MacOS X 10.5
    Screen - 15.4" TFT 1440 x 900 ( WXGA+ )
    Optical Drive - DVD±RW (±R DL) - integrated
    Graphics - NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT / GeForce 9400M - 256 MB

    I did the research and found the below Pros/Cons

    old
    Cheaper
    Cache Memory 6 MB
    4 GB (max)
    NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT / GeForce 9400M (512MV)
    1 ( 1 ) x ExpressCard/34
    5 hour(s) Battery removeable 7


    new
    Cost's More
    Cache Memory 3 MB
    8 GB (max)
    same graphics setup but 256MB
    SD Memory Card
    hours non removable
    Have snow leopard
    SSD Intel drive which will go in new machine.

    Which one newer doesn't necessarily mean better.
     
  2. p3ncil macrumors regular

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    think about it. the expresscard slot is really useful, yet you lose an hour of battery life or so.

    do you need an expresscard slot? or will you use an SD slot more?

    and you can place the SSD in both machines
     
  3. adamk77 macrumors 6502

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    If it were me --

    1. I don't play games on my MacBook Pro so graphics card isn't my #1 priority.
    2. I consistently run out of memory on my MBP and it starts paging (I have 4GB), so I'd like to be able to upgrade to 8GB
    3. The longer battery life benefits me when I'm in school

    So I'd go with newer one. That's me though. What is your usage pattern?
     
  4. xxnoelziexx thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have an express card reader so would stick that in there.
    Yes what ever machine i get i will remove the hard drive for my Intel SSD
     
  5. xxnoelziexx thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh yes most important bit I left out I will be upgrading my laptop Feb/March next year.

    My usage paterns are I watch a lot of videos/games
    general unix administration (work)
    video editing and photo (Home)
    Music playback

    I have a Imac 3ghz Ati 4850 with 4gb ram and don't run into memory issues.
     
  6. p3ncil macrumors regular

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    imho, get the older gen version. the bigger cache is going to help you out.
    The express slot will do more good than harm.
     
  7. airplaneman macrumors 6502a

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    By all means, then wait for Arrandale!:D
     

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