Macbook Pro 2.4GHz or 2.66GHz?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MacDaddy80, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. MacDaddy80 macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2010
    Will i notice a difference? Money isn't an issue so thats fine. Also is the hard drive upgrade worth it?
  2. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    You won't notice a difference and the hard drive upgrade is not worth it.
    If you know a bit about computers, you can buy yourself a hard drive (320GB for $45, 500GB for $55) and install it yourself. So for $45, you get a 320GB HDD and you get to keep the hard drive that comes with your computer (250GB). As you can see, Apple's upgrade is a rip off.
    You can find the hard drives on Newegg.
    If money is not an issue, consider 8GB of RAM and an SSD.
  3. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040


    May 20, 2010
    Boulder, CO
    Whaaaat!?!?! I paid $70 for my 7200RPM 500GB :mad:
  4. dizmonk macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2010
    I tested both before I bought the 2.66... It is a very, very minor difference. You'll most likely notice when you're booting up and shutting down.

    I went that way for two reasons... Can't upgrade the processor later and I added the 500GB hard drive. With my educational discount the diff wasn't that bad.

    I know most people on this board say it's not worth it but I'm glad I did it.
  5. Politis macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2010
    You wont notice it

    I recently bought a macbook pro 15 and looked into it. Should I go for 2.4 or 2.53. I think I was told that higher speed means less battery life for no noticeable change. So I went for the lower speed and saved some dosh.
    I use my pro mostly for wordprocessing, youtubing, internet, some pics.
  6. Krafty macrumors 601


    Dec 31, 2007
    La La Land
    That sounds about right, so did I. 5400RPM is around $50.
  7. chazco macrumors member

    Aug 22, 2010
    I also tested both before buying the 2.66GHz model. I found it offered considerably better performance for virtualisation. I doubt it has much impact on day-to-day use.

    I also considered the fact the the processor can't be upgraded later. I'm hoping to keep this machine for some time - that 0.26GHz improvement could be important at some stage. I also got educational discount, a free printer and a free iPod which made it a better deal.

    I'm also glad I went for the 2.66GHz model. :cool:
  8. aCondor macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2010
    United States
    Like what has been said, most casual users will not notice a difference. If you plan on holding onto the laptop for 2+ years it could come in handy. It's not that expensive in the long run.
  9. MacDaddy80 thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2010
    Thanks for your answers guys. I ended up buying the 15 inch one
  10. smallnshort247 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2010
    2.4Ghz is best. Then you can upgrade your HDD and RAM down the line. I did the same w/ my 2010 2.4Ghz 15inch MBP. I upgraded to 8GB and installed a 640GB Samsung 7200rpm HDD. The speed has increased and I didn't have to spend a boat load for those simple upgrades.

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