MacBook Pro 2.4 vs 2.53 GHz?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mktb, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. mktb macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2008
    So I'm definitely buying a MacBook Pro. No question on that, so don't try to convince me otherwise ;)

    Here's what I'm looking at (edu discount prices):

    MBP 2.4GHz $1900
    MBP 2.53 GHz $2300 ($400 more than 2.4)

    MBP 2.53 has 512MB vram (vs 256), 4GB RAM (vs 2GB), 320GB HD (vs 250GB), and 2.53GHz proc speed (vs 2.4GHz.)

    Does that justify $400? I really don't like replacing things myself, and I'd like this MBP to last. I have an older 2.4GHz MBP now with 2GB RAM, and I'm overloading it.

  2. nocoast macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2008
    I guess thats up to you. If you are interested in gaming, the 512 of vram might give you a lil boost...the proc boost will do little to nothing, and the 4gb ram can be added to the 2.4. If you want my opinion, grab a 2.4, upgrade it to 4gb, wait for slc ssd's to get cheaper and upgrade to one of those when the price gets right with the $$$ you saved.
  3. mktb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2008
    Oh, the proc will do not much? Hmm. Might go for 2.4 now...
  4. sukanas macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2007
    im doing the exact same
    cant wait for SSD's to drop
    although u can get 64gb HD for around 120 on ebay after live cashback
  5. nevisbound macrumors newbie


    Nov 7, 2008
    Connecticut and NYC USA
    Agree with above posters. 2.4 with 4GM ram. That'll be great for quite a while. Consider a SSD someday maybe. I think you'll be very happy.
  6. polaris20 macrumors 68020

    Jul 13, 2008
    totally agree. you'll get a bigger overall difference with an SSD than you would with the 130mhz. Looking at Geekbench scores, the difference is so small that some 2.4GHz are slightly slower, some slightly faster. The biggest discrepancy came with the 2.8ghz model.
  7. richard13 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2008
    Mill Creek, WA
    Well, let's look at what you are getting with the higher end model, twice the RAM, twice the VRAM, twice the L2 cache, 70GB more HD space, and a faster processor. Yea, I'd say it's worth $400.

    However, it really depends on what you want to get out of your MBP. Do you want to game on it? Will you be doing any video editing? If yes, then go with the higher end. Sure, you can upgrade some on the 2.4Ghz model but not all, specifically the VRAM and processor.

    If you are just doing web surfing, e-mail, iTunes, etc. then don't spring for the 2.53Ghz model. With the 2.4 you'd get pretty good performance and save yourself some coin.

    Incidentally, I'm in the same boat as you. I'll be buying my new MBP a few days from now. I'm leaning toward the 2.53 but could get the 2.4 also. Basically, I don't want to compromise on anything while playing WoW and want the flexibility of doing things later on that require a fair amount of horsepower even if I don't need them today.
  8. sparkie7 macrumors 68010


    Oct 17, 2008
    based on your breakdown, the 2.53 better specs looks totally worth it for the extra 400 bucks
  9. kobefan234 macrumors 6502


    May 12, 2008
    If you are a gamer go for the 2.53GHz otherwise stick with the base model;)
  10. NRose8989 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 6, 2008
  11. VTECaddict macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2008
    spring for the 2.53! :D

    i had the same dilemma as well, and decided on the 2.53 to 'future proof' as much as possible since i plan on keeping this for a long time. upgrading to 4gb on the 2.4 would be like $200 already since 2 x 2gb DDR3 sodimm's are sill really expensive. so $200 more for +70gb, 2x vram, 3x L2 cache.
  12. honestaeb macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2008
    I went for the 2.53. I just couldn't sit back and allow myself to take half the video RAM. It works great too! Glad I spent the extra $$$
  13. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    Here's a thought...why don't you first try spending $150 bucks or less to max the ram on your existing MBP before you spend $2500 on a new top end system? Maybe soldier on with that for another six months to see if they're going to come out with intel quad core mobile processors.

    Arstechnica and some other folks have done some benchmarking with the new (top end and BTO) MBPs and the older ones. Their conclusion was that while the new models have some performance gains over their immediate predecessors, the gains are slight.

    If you're using it for work, and every minute means money lost, shouldn't you be using a mac pro anyway?
  14. DoNoHarm macrumors 65816


    Oct 8, 2008

    Go with the cheaper one, then invest your savings into Apple stock.

    In fact, I'd go with a clearance MBP Classic, which can be had for 1400 with the edu discount and is not refurbished.

    Think about it, if you then invest the $1000 in AAPL, and it merely goes back to what it already was three months ago, in about a years time you'll have $2000 to buy whatever the latest and greatest Apple is next October.
  15. NRose8989 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 6, 2008
    Ya I didn't read the entire post but I do agree with you. I'd spend the $100 and max out your ram now, then wait for the next iteration of core i7 MBP's.
  16. VTECaddict macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2008
    core i7 mobile processors arent even slated to come out until late 09. and after they do come out, you still have to wait for apple to refresh their lineup. plus once those come out, theres going to be something even BETTER than core i7's in the pipeline! should he wait for those as well?

    if you need/want it buy it now. unless a release is immediately imminent like next month or something, you cant play the waiting game with electronics. there will always be something newer and better that will come out in the future. dont wait for something that definitely wont even surface for another year. thats just utterly ridiculous.
  17. mknawabi macrumors 6502


    Feb 5, 2006
    Irvine, CA
    The 3M extra cache will give you a 10 to 15% boost in some apps (especially video editing/photo editing). Couple this with 2 GB extra ram, 256 MB extra VRAM, and a bigger hard drive.

    I am getting the 2.53 with ADC (Thank god for being a student!)

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