MacBook Pro: 2.26Ghz vs 2.53Ghz worth $150?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by superman4388, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. superman4388 macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2006
    Identically spec'd macbook pros have a speed difference of .27GHz. They both have 4 gb of RAM. Is it worth the 150 bucks for the upgrade in processor?

    I'll be using it for basic college stuff with some video converting. Just wondering if i'll regret not getting the upgraded processor later..

    Thanks, can't wait to get rid of Vista!
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    11% speed gain for 11% more money.

    If you value seconds or minutes during encoding, it might me worth the money.

    Also MRoogle.
  3. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    Not according to my wallet, but yours may differ in opinion. ;)
  4. Bengt77 macrumors 68000


    Jun 7, 2002
    Now that both models have backlit keyboards, there's really nothing to differentiate one from the other besides the CPU. In my opinion, the 2,26GHz is the one to get. The speed difference isn't that big, and it makes sense to spend the $150 you save on things like RAM and a bigger hard drive. Then again, ordering 4GB of RAM plus a 250GB hard drive from Apple costs $150. That means you actually get the 11% faster CPU for free.

    Hmmmm... suddenly the faster model makes a lot more sense.
  5. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2008
    If it's only a $150 difference, you'd be crazy not to get the 2.53
  6. jon08 macrumors 68000

    Nov 14, 2008
    $150 is not that small amount of money for such a small difference in Mhz... but I think in the long run it's better to have a better processor - if not anything it will attract more customers when/if you'll be selling it...
  7. nienie85 macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2008
    Costa Rica
    At least for me, I'm thinking to get the 2.53 model, that way I can make my next MacBook change in about 2 years maybe 3, if I get the 2.26 I'll have to change it in about a 1 year/1 year and a half. That's what I think it's going to be.

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