New MB vs Old MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Browzilla, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. Browzilla macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2007
    I've currently got a 15" MPB 2.2GHz Santa Rosa machine. A friend has the new low-end aluminum Macbook. And more or less offered a trade. Not a straight-up trade, obviously. Trade + cash. And it occurred to me: as much as I love the screen size and whatnot, maybe. Maybe.

    Hard drive is bigger, RAM is the same, CPU speed is mostly negligible. (I don't do too much heavy work. Occasionally some fairly minor photoshopping, video once in a blue moon.)

    The main concern I do have is the GPU. I play games in Boot Camp. TF2, KotoR, all sorts of stuff of varying newness. How does the new MB stack up?

    MB improvements mean little to me. Side optical drive is nice, glass trackpad I could care less about.

    Opinions? A little less weight on my shoulders might be a nice thing, but certainly not a necessity.
  2. nylon macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2004
    Definitely not worth the trade. If you want a new Macbook, it's better for you to sell your machine and use the funds to buy a high end Macbook yourself. Most likely you will end up with a little extra cash.
  3. kabunaru Guest

    Jan 28, 2008
    I would say keep your current MacBook Pro. Get an Nehalem MacBook with Snow Leopard. That would be a worthy upgrade from your MacBook Pro.
  4. Vulcan macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    +1. Think about it, you'd be paying to get a product that is less powerful than what you currently have.
  5. bozz2006 macrumors 68030


    Aug 24, 2007
    who would be giving the cash in the trade, you or your friend? If you are the one to give the cash, then no way. if he is the one throwing in the cash... maybe. i have the new macbook and i like it a lot, but it's not a pro machine. if you have the pro machine and like it, you may be a bit disappointed in this "upgrade".
  6. kabunaru Guest

    Jan 28, 2008
    It's more like a "sidegrade" than an "upgrade".
  7. Browzilla thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2007
    I'd be the one getting a bit of cash for it. Point being, the pro is nice, but a fair bit more than I need. I'm pretty certain I could live with the alum MB on almost every drop, but what I can't seem to find is a graphics comparison of the MBP 2.2 to the MB 2.0.
  8. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    ^ the graphics is offset by alot. the Mb graphics, while good, cannot even compare with the dedicated GPU in the MBP. the MB is still considered integrated, but is very powerful for such a category of GPUs. You will definitely be downgrading yourself. The processor is slower, has less L2 cache, ram/HD you can upgrade yourself should the MB have more of or bigger. The GPU is a big downgrade, as is the screen (urs might be matte vs glossy) and keyboard. No FireWire on the MB, but FW 400 and FW 800 on the MBP. No PCI Express slot on MB either.

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