MacBook whites and video card

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by aratio, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. aratio macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I do not have a lot of money to spend in a laptop, but I want to buy a MacBook white....

    I am a software developer and the software I do is not highly demanding on video, so, do you think I should buy the new MacBook white (including the nVida video card) or should I buy a refurbished MacBook white with 2.4 GHz? The processor performance is more important to me than the video card, but I do not know how the new macbook white processor performs.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. waiwai macrumors regular

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    well... u mentioned that u are on a budget...

    i'd go with the refurb 2.4 white macbook.
     
  3. Igantius macrumors 65816

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  4. waiwai macrumors regular

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    in canada the difference is about 300... for an onboard gpu... 300 is ridiculously overpriced.
     
  5. Igantius macrumors 65816

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    Given that the OP is concerned with the CPU, even allowing for the slower bus, the refurbished model's 2.4GHz would be the clincher for me - but I was kind of interested in the discount just out of curiousity.
     
  6. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    I'm not sure if benchmarks are out for the new white, but remember that the processor in the NVIDIA MacBook is newer. Old 2.4 is not necessarily better than new 2.0. Check out Barefeats and see if they've compared the two.
     
  7. Igantius macrumors 65816

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    Pretty sure Barefeats didn't (it mainly focussed on the MBPs), but MacWorld did some tests which pitted the old white 2.4Ghz MB against the alu ones ones and the new (for then) 2.1GHz - http://www.macworld.com/article/136214/2008/10/macbookbenchmarks.html

    Am I right in thinking that the 2.0GHz alu specs are the same as the current white model?
     
  8. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    Same processor. The RAM in the white is slightly slower than in the unibody MB, though. Not by much, by slightly. :)
     
  9. rupnok macrumors member

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    Hi Aratio,

    Hope all is well. I love my MacBook 2.4ghz White (upgraded to 250gb HD, and 4GB RAM). I am happy to run benchmarks for you. From what I've seen, the 2.4ghz performs favorably to the new 2.0ghz when it comes to CPU intensive tasks, but lags on video department.

    From MacWorld's review: http://www.macworld.com/article/138752/2009/02/2ghz_macbook_9400m.html and http://www.macworld.com/product/hardware/141/detail.html

    Test (New 2.0ghz White - NVidia / 2.4ghz Early 2008)
    Speedmark (186/196) 5%
    Cinema 4D (1:03/:54) 14%
    iMovie HD 6 :)58/:51) 12%
    iTunes 7.5 (1:13/1:04) 12%
    Compressor (2:08/1:52) 13%
    Photoshop (1:14/1:16) -2%
    Unreal (60fps/27.6fps) -54%

    So basically, the old 2.4ghz is about 12-13% faster on processor related tasks (rather than 20% if it was simple scaling).

    I am actually selling my 2.4ghz (with 2 yrs Applecare left) if you're interested. I've sent you a PM.

    Best,
    rupnok
     
  10. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    The new processors that are currently in the MacBooks are significantly cooler in operation than the old ones.
     
  11. Igantius macrumors 65816

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    Thanks! And there I was thinking I had made a mistake about not pointing about faster RAM in my earlier posts *laughs*
     

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