Old faster macbook or newer, "slower" one?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by kylebshr, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. kylebshr macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2011
    Here's my dilemma: I have a 2007 MacBook with a 2.4 C2D and 4 gigs of RAM. It has the built in Intel GMA X3100 graphics. A friend just gave me a 2009 unibody MacBook with a 2.26 C2D and the nvidia 3xx (don't remember right now - 320? 330?) graphics, and 4 gigs of ram as well. I know the older computer technically has a faster processor, but would the new one be faster because of the graphics/just because it's newer? oh, and the dilemma is that the new one has a cracked screen. I could fix it no prob for ~$100, but is it worth it? thanks guys, sorry for the complicated story.
  2. ibuyufo macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2007
    I'll buy it if it's really cheap!
  3. mixel macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2006
    Leeds, UK
    I'd say it depends on what you use the laptop for..? If you want to play games or do gpu heavy work like Motion or something the speed increase from the better gpu will massively overshadow that small CPU speed difference.

    GMA is (generally) really weaaak.
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  5. kylebshr thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2011

    Thanks for the replies, but I just found out the newer model only has 2GB of RAM. 1. Could I use the RAM from the old computer in the new one? and 2. Which is faster, 2 gigs of 1067 or 4 gigs of 667?
  6. ibuyufo macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2007
    The speed difference is negligible for the ram. The old macbook use DDR2 and the new one uses DDR3 so no, you can't use the ram.
  7. dandeco macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2008
    Back in July I got myself an early 2009 MacBook, with a 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2 GB of RAM (upgraded to 3, eventually to 4 GB), a new 250 GB hard drive, and the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics. So far it for the most part outperforms my eMac, but isn't as fast compared to, say, the 24-inch 2009 iMacs at my college's Fine Arts building. But at least I can run the latest programs AND Mac OS X 10.7 Lion on it. I only got it for $250! (it had a backlight problem, had it fixed by Apple for only $45, and a dead SuperDrive, which I plan to replace with a second hard drive, and get an external DVD burner to replace it.)
  8. GermanyChris macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    you can get 8gb of DDR3 1067 for $30

    Your overthinking this...just change the screen and add the RAM while you have the bottom off
  9. Montymitch macrumors regular


    Feb 16, 2009
    It's worth it for the trackpad alone. You'll never go back. Better battery life as well and ram is dirt cheap.

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