Not a significant bump over my later 2007 MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by glocke12, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. glocke12 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2008
    So other than the hard drive space, is it fair to say that none of these updats offer anything drastically significant over my existing late 2007/eary 2008 MPB (core 2, 2.2 ghz with 2 gigs of ram)
  2. greg400 macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2009
    Which model are you talking about? If it's the 13" the improvements will be in the GPU, battery life and RAM.

    If it's the 15" or 17" everything across the board will be vastly improved.
  3. glocke12 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2008
    Its the 15"...and thanks.
  4. espressoroast macrumors member


    Feb 3, 2008
    I take it you mean the Santa-Rosa (2.2)? I have the same one and I just ordered a new i7 15".
    My motivations were;
    -Higher res. screen
    -Better GPU (that doesn't cook itself)
    -Unibody construction (I hate the old style keyboard)
    and yes,
    Newer CPUs.

    Trying to run Aperture 3 on the SR is quite painful, I am looking forward to the performance increase by all-new components.

    Hope this helps.
  5. cathyy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2008
    Core 2 Duo vs Core i5/i7:
    - i5/i7 is about 20 - 30% faster across all applications
    - i5/i7 offers Turboboost, where it automatically clocks the CPU higher if 1 core is not in use
    - i5/i7 has HyperThreading, which makes it more optimized for multithreaded applications.

    8600M GT vs GT 330M
    - 32 processors vs 48 processors
    - Same 128-bit bandwith bus
    - Higher clock speeds on the GT 330M
    - Overall about 50 - 60% better
    (notebookcheck is not a reliable source in showing that the GT 330M is almost 2x better because also most of the 8600Ms tested used DDR2 memory, while Apple uses GDDR3 memory which makes the card about 30% faster)

    So that's pretty much your answer in terms of CPU and Graphics Cards. It is a significant bump, like going from CD x1600 MBPs to C2D 8600M MBPs. However it's too little to be considered a jump.

    If you want to see a jump, compare it to the HP Envy 15"

    Core 2 Duo vs Core i7 Quad
    - 2 cores vs 4 cores, nothing more to say

    8600M GT vs ATI 5830
    - The ATI 5830 is easily 2.5 times faster

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