Macbook Pro 2.4GHz or 2.66GHz?

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

  1. MacDaddy80 macrumors member

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    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

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    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

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    Whaaaat!?!?! I paid $70 for my 7200RPM 500GB :mad:
     
  4. dizmonk macrumors regular

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    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

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    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

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    That sounds about right, so did I. 5400RPM is around $50.
     
  7. chazco macrumors member

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    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

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    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

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

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    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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