mid 2010 Macbook pro 13" vs 2011 13 inch?!

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  1. xriderx11 macrumors regular

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    OK, so my friend is selling his 2010 mbp because he got a new 15" (spoiled kid gets a new one every generation then sells his older model!)

    He is selling it for 800$ and it is MINT (he had it in a case and he still has 3 years warranty through apple)

    It is the 2.66 2 core duo....... So this is my question.... What is faster? The i5 2.4 ghz or the 2 core duo 2.66ghz?!!!

    I want his because it has the Nvidia 320m which I like to do with gaming and such....


    Is this a really good buy????? or should I just spend 1200$ on the new 2011 macbook pro (2.4 GHZ i5)
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    you can get the baseline 2011 mbp at microcenter for 999 fyi
     
  3. Nuckinfuts macrumors 6502

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    The i5 is much faster, there is a lot more to a processor than simply its clock frequency
     
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    The i5 would be faster in benchmarks, but chances are you wouldn't notice the difference there. I'd probably buy from the friend to save the extra cash.
     
  5. xriderx11 thread starter macrumors regular

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    ya i guess
     
  6. xriderx11 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I would buy it from Microcenter which is 1000$ but is the i5 REALLY worth the extra 200$ for me??? Like is it noticibely faster?
     
  7. shoppy macrumors 6502a

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    In real world difference you most likely will not notice speed difference. Plus if it has apple care and it is what you want go for it.
     
  8. Nuckinfuts macrumors 6502

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    It depends on the games you play, I know for Civilization 5 it would be noticeable since that is a CPU-intensive game. If you're just playing shooters you won't notice. Neither laptop is going to play games extraordinarily well, my 320m holds its own for the most part and I don't know exactly how the Intel HD 3000 stacks up but based on the previous performance of Intel GPU's, I wouldn't hold my breath.

    To sum it up, CPU-intense games, go with the i5 on the 2011 MBP, for graphics-intense go C2D in the 2010 MBP with the apple-care. (not to mention the 3 years of applecare is worth another $100 or so)
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    Personally, I'd go with the i5 over the C2D at this point. Sure that Nvidia GPU is nice but how much faster is that over the current AMD GPU?

    I think the speed bump you get with the i5 more then makes up for any perceived performance hit from the GPU.

    Ultimately its your money and your decision but if it were me, I'd opt for the i5. not just because its newer but because it is much faster then C2D.
     
  10. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    IIRC, it is an intel chipset for the integrated graphics no?
     
  11. colticus macrumors newbie

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    Correct. HD3000.
     
  12. Nuckinfuts macrumors 6502

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    As others have stated, the GPU is intel based in the 13-inch model but you should also know that the CPU can't do everything, especially when it comes to graphics. I could load up a Quad core i7 at 3.4GHz per core with a GeForce2 FX video card and have no hope to play even Counter-Strike: Source on it.
     
  13. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    that's not a bad deal at all so if a 2.66c2d is good enough for you then there is no sense in spending an extra $200, or possibly even more if you wanted applecare on a new purchase.
     
  14. xriderx11 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'd play games like Garrysmod on low settings and maybe L4D2 on low settings also.... but nothing TOP notch gamming...
     
  15. scupking macrumors 6502a

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    Go for it. The 2.66Ghz Core 2 is still a good processor. Also you will have a better graphics card with the 2010 MBP. I have a 2010 13" with the 2.4Ghz and can play Bio Shock with the settings maxed out with no issues at all. Plus it does everything else I want it to without an issue. Buy your friends and then buy an SSD drive for it.
     
  16. Nuckinfuts macrumors 6502

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    I run both those games fine on my 2010 with the 2.4Ghz C2D so you'll be fine, save some money and keep the AppleCare
     
  17. cloroxbleach4 macrumors 6502a

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    If you can get this deal. It's definitely worth the $200
     
  18. macjacky11 macrumors member

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    If I were you, I would go for the $800 one coz neither of the ones you are looking can play games that require high spec. plus if you buy a new one, you gonna need apple care as well and that will be another extra.

    So why not go for the cheaper one for now and save money? Maybe you will like the new ones coming out next year. You normally get good prices for selling a MBP. Since it is a second hand one, you dont have that much to lose.
     
  19. peanuthead macrumors member

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    And don't forget to consider the sales tax - could add another $70-100 to the new MBP.
     
  20. MJNBGA macrumors regular

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    If I'm not mistaken, the base 13" MacBook Pro has a 2.3 GHz i5 processor, not 2.4 GHz.
    Correct me if I'm wrong! :cool:
     
  21. xriderx11 thread starter macrumors regular

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    nope its 2.4ghz


    thats true

    is it on high or low settings?
     
  22. colticus macrumors newbie

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  23. scupking macrumors 6502a

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    FYI the 2010 is 2.4ghz not the 2011.
     
  24. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Uh, no. The base i5 13" MBP is 2.3 GHz.
     
  25. xriderx11 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Woops I got the 2010 baseline confused LOL sorry........ and I made up my mind........ I am going to purchase the 15 inch!!!!! Man im crazy!
     

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