macbook return and cpu question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by heliocentric, May 6, 2010.

  1. heliocentric Guest

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    i recently got a i5 15" but having used it i am feeling like its to big and would like to go down to a 13" 2.66 pro.

    will apple take back the i5 and give me a refund if i am not happy with it? (im in the uk btw and within 14 days of delivery)

    will i notice much of a cpu speed reduction in going from the i5 to the c2d 2.66? in example video encoding?

    thanks
     
  2. celticpride678

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    If it is within 14 days, Apple will take it back, but you will have to pay a restocking fee.

    As far as video encoding, you will notice a pretty large speed difference between the Core i5 and the Core 2 Duo.
     
  3. bigjobby macrumors 65816

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    I don't think there is a restocking fee for UK purchasers.
     
  4. heliocentric thread starter Guest

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    can anyone clarify?


    really it would be that much of a difference? even though the c2d has a higher clock speed...
     
  5. irontony macrumors member

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    Depending on the Application and whether it uses both cores, the i5 has turbo mode which will out perform the C2D at single threaded/core tasks.

    The C2D are still very capable and I personally purchased the new 13" myself, but not for the intention of HD video creation etc.
     
  6. heliocentric thread starter Guest

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    im using a program that encodes using both cores...so i dont benefit from turbo mode.

    will the 2.66 be quicker than the i5 2.4 in that case or will the difference be very small?

    thanks

    p.s. can someone clarify the return policy seeing as i have used the 15" model but would like to return it.
     
  7. brand macrumors 601

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    Call Apple for the definitive answer.
     
  8. irontony macrumors member

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    In that case, the i5 doesn't have FSB that throttles the Memory bandwidth which is faster, but the C2D has a slight Clock advantage... meaning it maybe little difference in performance between them both. I'd Would still hold onto your i5 as it also has a dedicated GPU.

    So unless you have to have a smaller form factor e.g 13" - keep the i5 15"
     
  9. heliocentric thread starter Guest

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    thing is i dont use it for any games or anything (i have a ps3 for that) so i dont feel i gain anything from the gpu

    i will phone my local apple store tomorrow see what they say on returns...
     
  10. heliocentric thread starter Guest

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    so i spoke to someone online and they said it would be fine to return it to an apple store...

    drove all the way there 'oh we dont take make anything purchased online' :(

    very annoying

    so i have now organised it over the phone for collection return!


    p.s. no restocking fee btw
     
  11. johnnymg macrumors 65816

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    FYI: There will only be a modest difference in the speed of encoding. In reality BOTH computers will be fairly slow when encoding video. You will be waiting a LOT for either one. i.e. start your project and then take a break for x minutes/hours.

    cheers
    JohnG
     
  12. heliocentric thread starter Guest

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    On the i5 it was gonna take 40 hours to encode what I wanted
     
  13. vant macrumors 65816

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    Keep it. It's going to take 60 with the 13". The 320M does not compare to the 330M.
     
  14. heliocentric thread starter Guest

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    It's just to big for me otherwise i would...ideally I would like an air but I know that will be sloooow for encoding haha
     
  15. johnnymg macrumors 65816

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    40+ hours ~~~~~ ouch.

    How about a MP in a backpack? :eek:

    Me thinks you need a couple of machines running in parallel.

    cheers
    JohnG
     

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