New 13" MacBook Pro 2.66 GHz vs Late 2008 15" MBP 2.53 GHz

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  1. Argelius macrumors 6502

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    New 13" MacBook Pro 2.66 GHz vs Late 2008 15" MBP 2.53 GHz
    I currently have a late 2008 15" MacBookPro (Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.53 GHz with 4 MB RAM).

    I am thinking of "upgrading" to a new 13" MacBookPro 2.66 GHz with 8 MB RAM, partly because I want a smaller Mac to lug around (but not ready for the compromises that come with the Air).

    Other than double the RAM (which I realize is significant) and slightly faster CPU (which I realize is less significant), the two seem evenly matched power wise.

    Will the new 13" MBP be a noticeable upgrade over my old 15"? (I can't quite determine if the chip architecture and graphics have changed between the two models). I realize the chips in the new 15"s are a big leap above the core 2 duo, but I'm sort of wanting to get the smaller computer and not sure I want to wait until the April rumored announcement of a new MBP line).

    Thanks for your thoughts!

    New 13" MacBook Pro 2.66 GHz vs Late 2008 15" MBP 2.53 GHz
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Your current MBP is faster as it has discrete 9600M GT. It can also take 6GB of RAM so RAM isn't an issue either. Personally, I would wait for next gen as the update is rumored to take place in early 2011. 13" MBP should get fairly significant updates (iX CPUs, hi res screen, etc) and you don't need a new computer right now
     
  3. Argelius thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks -- that was most helpful. I was under the impression that my current MBP could only handle 4 MB RAM. Regardless, waiting would make the most sense. I'm just awful when it comes to delayed gratification...
     
  4. Stvwndr219 macrumors 6502

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    I thought it could get up to 8GB?
     
  5. Argelius thread starter macrumors 6502

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    According the Crucial's memory scan, it's maxed-out at 4 MB.
     
  6. Hellhammer Moderator

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    4GB is the official "limit" from Apple. However, 3rd parties such as OWC have tested 6GB and it works fine. Some people have had luck with 8GB as well
     
  7. Argelius thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks. I think I'm going to take a deep breath and hold out until the MBP announcement....if I can....
     

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