MB403LL/A (Early 08) vs. MB881LL/A (Late 08)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dperalta, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. dperalta macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Macconnection has a brand new MB881LL/A (new white macbooks) for $949 after rebates and and brand new MB403LL/A (Early 08 white macbook) for $899. The main differences btw the two that I can see are:

    MB403LL/A
    2.4Ghz 800 FSB
    GMA X3100 graphics card
    160 GB HDD

    MB881LL/A
    2 Ghz 1066 FSB
    GeForce 9400 graphics card
    120 GB HDD
    Newer superdrive

    The rest of the specs are basically identical, eg RAM, wireless, etc...

    I will be using the macbook primarily for editing (which I hear is more processor-dependent than graphics card dependent) and then general usage (Internet, music, etc).

    The biggest differences for me are processor speeds and the graphics card. Is one a better buy than the other?

    Any recommendations?

    Thanks!

    -David


    EDIT: The MB881LL/A is actually Early 09 and was just released last Tuesday (Jan 20), not late 08 as I posted
     
  2. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    What do you plan on editing? What software will you use?
     
  3. Vulcan macrumors 65816

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    Go for the latest revision. It will run much better.
     
  4. dperalta thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    With the newer MacBook you get the (much) better GPU, with the release of Snow Leopard in the near future the MacBooks with the better card will see a substantial performance boost as SL is set to use the GPU to aid the main processor.
     
  6. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    You really should buy the all new revised WhiteBook. It has Nvidia Graphics which blows away the Intel graphics in all other White(Black)Books. And standard comes with 2 GB RAM. All for only $999 straight from Apple. That is the best way to buy it. No warranty issues. No third-party resellers. Just the best for less than a grand.

    It is definitely worth the $150 difference from the $850 model you mentioned. The graphics alone change the whole thing and make it into a much better Snow Leopard performer (which is why Apple updated it). I assume Apple plans to sell it for some time since they updated it for Snow Leopard. What a great buy.

    Or, even better buy is the $1099 MB Unibody refurbished. The latest everything and aluminum all for only $1099 from Apple.com/ store / Refurbished Mac section. Get full year of warranty and a really cool computer/MacBook. I love my aluminum MacBook.

    Good luck whichever way you go.

    EDIT: I just saw that it was the new WhiteBook, that you mentioned (I didn't realize could be had for $949). Anyways, that is a great buy. Definitely go with that one. It is going to do better in the future whether you need the extra capabilities or not now.
     
  7. jkb72 macrumors newbie

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    Check out Mac Mall for the "newer" whitebook.
    They seem to have some kind of extra 3% discount going
    on for forum members. Don't quote me on this but I believe
    it can be had for around $915.00 after rebates. Worth a look.
     

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