MBP 13" 2.4GHz vs. 2.66Ghz

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by clops, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. clops macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2010
    Vienna, Austria
    I was considering upgrading my old PowerBook G4 to the new MBP 15" for quite a while and even took part in the waiting game along the lines of this forum. However, I recently came to realize, that a 13" MBP will cover all my software development needs on the road just as well (or even better, as it is smaller and has a longer-lasting battery). Now, the 300$ question:

    Is there really that much difference between 2.4GHz and 2.66GHz? I am considering pimping the RAM up to 8Gb and going for an Intel 160Gb SSD. I cannot, however, justify the 300$ difference for a mere 10% CPU performance. Am I being conservative?
  2. seong macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010

    You are going for performance with 8GB RAM and SSD, don't think about 13" 2.66GHz. Consider about 15-inch.

    You are going for what you need, with 8GB RAM and SSD, then go for 13" inch 2.4 GHz. I guarantee you will regret buying 13" 2.66GHz when you had extra (or possibly additional) money to buy the 15 inch.

    I am sorry if anyone does disagree with this point, but I am sure paying extra $300 isn't worth +0.26GHZ and +70GB.
  3. DLovett macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2010
    The processor speed difference will most surely not be noticable in daily use, and hardly noticable in benchmarking applications.

    Go for the 2,4, and throw in a SSD and some extra RAM if needed.
  4. Cerebral macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2010
    Save your money, if you want more performance, you will notice a greater improvement with installing an SSD instead...that extra 260mhz and 70gb for $300 is a rip off. In australia the low end 13" is $1399 and high end is $1799 (with student discounts). For me $1399 looked much nicer than $1799 especially considering what you get for that extra premium.
  5. clops thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2010
    Vienna, Austria
    Good to know I am not only one thinking that 300$ difference is a total ripoff :)

    Thanks for heads-up, off to order now!
  6. Bushiboo macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2010
    I thought about this too :D Ended up ordering the 13" base model...It will be more than enough
  7. carbonfly macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2007
    I went with the base model and spent the extra money on an SSD.

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