MacBook performance w/ 1.83 GHz and 4GB RAM vs. 2.1 GHz and 1GB RAM

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  1. igmolinav macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    I just traded my ibook G4 for a 1.83 GHz MacBook. The "victim" was my sister. I plan to update the RAM to 4GB on the MacBook.

    Due to the fact that I can't buy a new MacBook w/ 2.1 GHz and 1GB RAM, I am maxing out my sister's former MacBook's RAM to 4GB. Will it be as fast or faster than a MacBook w/ 2.1 GHz and 1GB of RAM ??

    Thank you very much, kind regards,

    igmolinav
     
  2. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    I think the 1.83GHz machine w/ 4GB RAM would preform, in general, better.

    It all matters what you do...
     
  3. *Sandy* macrumors 6502

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    I had both machines go for the 2.1 as ram in ebay is super cheap just got 2x2 for 22 bucks shipped works great
     
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  5. avingochea macrumors member

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    Didn't the 2.2ghz macbooks start supporting the 4gb of ram? Anything before that only supported 2gbs? And giving a macbook more ram than its supposed to support makes it slower than the max that it can support? Excuse me if I'm wrong but thats how I've always believed it worked..
     
  6. TommyLee macrumors regular

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    3... but ppl put 4GB to take advantage of matching chips
     
  7. igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    I would use the partition on my disc to use Windows. I need to use a program called Autocad.

    No, unfortunately I don't have a choice to the 2.1 GHz. The one I traded with my sister is a 1.83 GHZ.

    If I may ask, how do I look for a reliable RAM seller on e-bay because I am very attracted by the low price but I would also like the RAM to work.

    Thank you again,

    igmolinav
     
  8. TommyLee macrumors regular

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    ebay's a completely different ballgame. you have to be a 1337 buyer to rock ebay for anything- but here's a good start. http://stores.ebay.com/4AllMemory
     
  9. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Is it a 1.8 GHz Core Duo, or Core 2 Duo?

    I ask because the 1.8 GHz Core Duo only supported 2 GB of RAM. Even the MacBook Pros with Core Duo supported only 2 GB.
     
  10. igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

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  11. Vulcan macrumors 65816

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    You just scammed your sister >.<

    Anyway, it will be very comparable if not better.
     
  12. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    But is it a Core Duo or a Core 2 Duo processor? Check About This Mac under the Apple menu and see which kind of processor it is.

    If its a Core Duo, then 2GB is your limit. Put more in and it may not boot correctly.
    If its a Core 2 Duo, then 3GB will be your limit. You can put 4GB in it, but you'll be limited to 3GB.
     
  13. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    ^^^That's what I meant. ;)

    Is the processor a "Core Duo", or is it a "Core 2 Duo"?
     
  14. LedCop macrumors regular

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    My guess is that 2.1GHz and 1GB of RAM will outrun the former in say iTunes and QuickTime encoding with no other programs running. But if Microsoft Word, Safari, iCal, AddressBook and Skype are all running, the experience will seem much smoother and faster on the slower Macbook with more RAM.
     
  15. kellen macrumors 68020

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    The macbooks with the 1.83 core duo processor will only support 2gb ram total, don't put in 4 as it will not be recognized.
     
  16. fearlessphil macrumors newbie

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    I got a macbook 1.83ghz core 2 duo with 4 gb ram and it recognises all 4gb ra instead of 3gb. my brother has a more recent macbook think its a 2.4ghz core duo 2 but with 2 gb ram and my macbook absolutely screams at his when running the same amount of application.
     
  17. Halon X macrumors regular

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    My new 2.0Ghz MB runs considerably faster than my old 1.83Ghz MBP.
     

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