New 2.54 15inch MBP or old 2.4 15inch MBP

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  1. clin86 macrumors regular

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    I cant decide between getting the new 15inch 2.53 macbook pro or the old 2.4ghz mbp. They are both very similarly priced with my student discount. My needs would probably be driving a 24inch monitor, some HD movies and browsing and word processing. Which would be a better choice for me?
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  2. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Well the old 2.4GHZ Macbook Pro has the dedicated 9600M GT graphics card. The 2.53GHz has the integrated 9400M graphics chip. I think the 2.53GHz will be fine for your needs. It can have up to 8GB of RAM, 7 hour battery, etc
     
  3. rdowty macrumors 6502a

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    Unless Snow Leopard lets you turn on the GPU without logging off I would definately go for the new model for the better battery. I got my unibody the day they came out and other than Boot Camp have never used the faster GPU setting.
     
  4. Sehnsucht macrumors 65816

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    Get the 2.4 definitely. You get dedicated graphics, ExpressCard slot, and a processor with a 6 MB L2 cache.

    :cool:
     
  5. adamfishercox macrumors 6502

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    2.4 all the way. I got the 2.53 last gen refurb, and it's better in every way except for the battery when compared to the new ones (and at a good price!)
     
  6. clin86 thread starter macrumors regular

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    but do you guys think that the 2.53mbp is faster or the 2.4 with the discrete graphics is faster? especially when i'll be driving such a larger monitor
     
  7. Sehnsucht macrumors 65816

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    If I'm not mistaken, the discrete graphics would preform better with the big display. 2.4 GHz is not appreciably slower than 2.53 GHz. The 2.4 has a larger L2 cache, but the same FSB speed.

    And ExpressCard! :D
     
  8. clin86 thread starter macrumors regular

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    but do you guys know how much of a battery life increase do u actually get in reality?
     
  9. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    About 2 more hours then previous generation.
     
  10. adamfishercox macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, solid two hours... that wasn't enough to justify it for me but it might be for some.
     
  11. clin86 thread starter macrumors regular

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    ive been reading that the 9600m might be too much to drive a 24inch monitor and the 15inch. like expose and dashboard might not be super smooth if you have alot of programs running. is that true?
     

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