New 2.8GHz BTO options in 15" and 17" MBPs

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  1. toad2112 macrumors newbie

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    I noticed that they "stealth" updated the 15" and 17" MBPs with 2.8GHz i7 processors. So, there's a slight speed bump.
     
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    Apple is charging 200$ for CPU that costs 14$ more....
     
  3. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    So I now only have the second fastest (available) macbook pro on the planet?

    ...man... :mad:
     
  4. applepearpp macrumors regular

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    really? where do you see that?
     
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    Right in the store
     

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  6. Apple NZ macrumors member

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    Prices for MacBook and MacBook Pro have dropped as well in the NZ store
     
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    That's true. I made a thread about these "new" CPUs when they were launched. Just 133MHz faster clock speed, not worth the 200 bucks
     
  9. andrew086 macrumors regular

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    Apple probably just updated this as a gateway to Sandy Bridge. They don't want to wait too long before refreshing the MBP's, but they don't want to do anything drastic until they can get the new Sandy Bridge processors.
     
  10. Lambros macrumors regular

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    But the fact that it's newer technology...would that make a difference in any shape or form? Do you think these ones run cooler than the 2.66 GHz equivalent?
     
  11. mark28 macrumors 68000

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    The best buy is still the i5 15 inch.

    $2400 for a laptop is crazy for minimal performance gain.

    For that $600 difference between the i5 15 inch MPB and the i7, you can probably build yourself a pretty amazing AMD PC that will run circles around that $2400 i7 MBP. So a i7 MBP vs a i5 MBP + PC desktop. The i7 is not worth the money.

    edit: or build a $600 hackintosh if you need to run OSX. Just make sure you buy parts that work with OS X.
     
  12. dallas112678 macrumors 6502a

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    No, its the same architecture and all, just a higher clock speed, if anything it would run hotter but again you wouldn't really notice since its such a slight speed bump.
     
  13. millertime021 macrumors 6502a

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    Dang my 2.66 isn't the top anymore.

    Oh well, I wouldn't have spent an extra $200 on very minimal speed bump anyway. The only reason I went for the i7 was my student discount made in basically a $50 upgrade from the i5 without a discount.
    :cool:
     
  14. applepearpp macrumors regular

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    lolz i mean the 14$ more. I was disappointed in the stealth bump
     
  15. kevink2 macrumors 65816

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    I've been waiting for today to decide on my next laptop. Planning on the 15" MBP with i7 for longevity. 8GB allows me to run Windows in emulation.

    Or do I spend 1/2 the money, and just get the, smaller, 11" Mac Air? Not as powerful, but IS cheaper :)
     
  16. Blu101 macrumors 6502a

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    Or you can just get the 15" i5 (2.4Ghz). Nearly as powerful as the i7, just a tad slower, blows the Air out of the water and still save you $$.
     
  17. iRacer macrumors member

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    It looks like the NZ prices are back to what they were before the GST increase on 1st Oct of 2.5%.
     
  18. DJ-R macrumors regular

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    $210 I saw... totally NOT WORTH IT AT ALL! Don't get it!

    $210 for 133Mhz more... hahaha, I rather use that for groceries! Christmas gifts.
     
  19. Apple NZ macrumors member

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    Yep, but look at the low end 15" MBP and high end 13". Also the MacBook is cheaper by $50 from $1749 pre-October.

    Old Prices (October 1 to October 20)
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    New Prices (October 21 -)
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  20. DJ-R macrumors regular

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    Unfortunately for Canada the price remain the same.
     
  21. blue22 macrumors 6502a

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    OMG, Apple is straight up car-jacking people now!!! That $200 price-tag for a 133MHz clock speed-bump is criminal.


    True dat, without a doubt now the 15" i5 (2.4GHz) is the best deal until they move on to the Sandy Bridge processor; most likely around April 2011.
     
  22. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    How is this any different from ANY BTO processor upgrade they have offered?

    They aren't gonna charge $50 more for it, if they did they'd never move any lower-end units.
     
  23. blue22 macrumors 6502a

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    Overall a fair point, but still, $200?! C'mon now...
     
  24. Hellhammer Moderator

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    It's not newer technology. It's the same chip with an extra frequency multiplier that gives the 133MHz speed bump. That is 5.3% difference.

    However, this new 640M uses new K0 stepping so Intel was able to add extra clock speed without going over 35W. Although Intel did update other i7-6xx with that stepping so again, it's the same as you can find from 2.66GHz that are currently being sold (assuming Apple uses K0 versions of 620M).

    Stepping doesn't affect the performance though
     
  25. Kevenly macrumors regular

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    What is going on with the 17"? For one thing it seems to me that the highest-end Macbook Pro ought to have the 2.66 i7 to begin with, but they stuck it with the 2.53 i5. Next they now charge $400 for the 2.8 i7 upgrade!!
    :eek::mad:
     

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