Processor Speed (now new problem)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thrilla21, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. thrilla21 macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2011
    Hey guys. A few days ago I posted saying I wanted to get a new MacBook Pro. Well I'm still deciding on what I want to do and one thing I'm hung up on (just because I don't know much about it) is the processor speed. I looked it up and on my current MBP, I had 2.4GHz. Now will purchasing a 2.0 or 2.2 make that much of a difference? I really don't "want" to spend the extra $300 for the 2.2 but I wonder if going from 2.4 to 2 will be too much of a difference.


    Thanks :)
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I doubt you could measure a difference. Overall computer speed depends on the chipset (the "glue: that interfaces cpu to the rest of the machine), RAM speed, amount of RAM, HDD speed, internet connection speed, etc.
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    The new ones have far more power than your 2.4GHz model, even though they have a lower base clock speed. They are quad core, have hyperthreading (each core can act like two), and turbo boost (the clock speed will go higher if the application you are using would benefit from it), so in fact you are buying a faster computer, even with the 2.0GHz vs. 2.4GHz.
  4. thrilla21 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2011
  5. stevemiller macrumors 68000

    Oct 27, 2008
    if you are choosing between the 2.0 and the 2.2 of the new models, also note that buying the 2.2 gets you a better graphics card, which will be worth it if you use your laptop for gaming or more graphically demanding applications like aperture or final cut. if you aren't a heavy user of those types of applications, the 2.0 will still be a massively sufficient upgrade :)
  6. randomrazr macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2011
    is there a BIG performance boost from th 256mb vidoe card vs the 1gb video card?
  7. getz76 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2009
    Hell, AL
    Substantial, but only with applications that utilize it.
  8. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    the 2011 2.0, 2.2 and 2.3GHz models are quad-core (4x) whereas your 2.4GHz model is dual-core (2x). Thus, going from 2.4GHz dual-core to 2.0GHz quad-core, you'll see an immense performance boost. For example: the geekbench score for your 2.4GHz CPU is around 2600/4300 (integer/Floating point), whereas the geekbench score for the 2.0GHz quad CPU is around 7400/14500 (integer/Floating point).
  9. thrilla21 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2011
    Thanks everyone. I finally ordered it. I needed to do it by today because we are currently having tax free weekend so the deed is finally done. I'm really, really excited about this. My current MBP is really dirty and just I'm ready for a new one. I've been deleting basically everything on my laptop other than things I don't need/want so yay!
  10. reclusive46 macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2011
    Which one did you decide to get in the end?
  11. wegster macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2006
    This. :)

    The 2.2 is the sweet spot IMO on the 15", get the 1GB VRAM, but don't waste the $$$ going to the 2.3. Do RAM and SSD on your own for far less $. The AG and Hi-res = goodness, if you have the $.
  12. thrilla21 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2011
    I got the 15' MBP with the 2.0 processor and basic everything with it.

    Will Lion be on it or will I have to buy it?
  13. MKang25 macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2010
    It might or might not be depending on if they have any stock left from before lion. But even if you do get a SL one you can get lion for free from apple at their up to date page.
  14. thrilla21 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2011
    Sweet, thanks. It says it will be in by Wednesday. I'm really excited :)
  15. thrilla21 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2011
    Ok I ordered my MBP over 24 hours ago and it still is in the "processing items" phase. I also still haven't received an email saying they received my order or anything (like it said it would.) I called this morning and got it checked out and he said he'd send me another email and I still don't have anything. :(

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