Noticable difference/worth the 300 between 2.53 and 2.8 processors on MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rudyrox, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. rudyrox macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2009
    just ordered the 2.53 mbp 4gb 320gb 7200 rpm. think i should have splurged on the 2.8 for the extra 300? most gaming ill do is like micrsoft flight simulator X with everything maxed out. lol i hope u guys can make me feel good about my purchase.
  2. alexbates macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2008
    Georgia, USA
    A 2.53GHz processor should be good enough for any type of gaming. And the 7200rpm HD will also help some with the game loading speed. I think you made the right decision.
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    If you really want speed, then swap out that HDD and get an SSD; otherwise a 270 MHz won't be noticeable.
  4. Airbase macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2009
    With a processor of that caliber, you're going to need a much faster GPU(video card) before the CPU becomes a bottleneck. The macbook pro does not have a video card like that...

    long story short, when it comes to games and their hardware needs, your CPU is significantly faster than your GPU(in that context anyway)

    You made the right choice.
  5. rudyrox thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2009
  6. Fgozalo macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2008
    Brasília, Brazil
    And what about getting the "basic" MBP, is that a good enought choice for gaming too? Does that extra 256mb in the GPU makes any "REAL" difference?!
  7. OngL macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2009
    After having issues with high temperature of MBP Unibody in high CPU usage over period of time, I think it's best to stick with 2.53. The battery life of 5 hours are not happening as well, I got only 2-3 hours for a month old MBP, having higher CPU will only shorten the battery life.

    I personally felt regret to have paid over 400$ difference to upgrade form 2.4" to 2.53" base model, but I am paying for GPU memory which is not upgradeable. The meagre upgrade on CPU and HDD is not worth the money.

    However, the 17" is only 200$ different from 15.4" 2.53Ghz. That's a worthy upgrade to pay for...
  8. peskaa macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2008
    London, UK
    I went the 2.53 route because the 2.8 is going to kick out more heat, use up more battery and not give a really noticeable improvement in performance in day-to-day tasks.

    Upgrading other elements, such as the hard drive, have a far bigger impact on performance.

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