Processor Speeds

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by SChaput, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. SChaput macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2008
    United States
    I realize there are many threads on the issue of processor speeds in new macbook pros, and i am fully aware of running a search like, However I'm not interested in knowing if 3.06 processor speed is worth it to me, i know that, "if you have the money, go for it" seems to be a popular answer.
    I'm current running a 2.4 Ghz Core 2 Duo macbook pro that i bought in mid 2007. I'm upgrading to a new macbook pro and i am deciding between 2.8 and 3.06 processor.
    My question is if i plan on upgrading in another 2 or 3 years or so should i waste my time and money with 3.06? Or just stick with 2.8 and see what happens when in a couple years.
    I know that i "probably wont notice the difference" between the two, but keep in mind i'm coming from 2.4 and just curious how long 2.8 (or 3.06) will last me.

    Thanks for your time.
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    There is no significant difference, just 260MHz. I would go for 2.8 and upgrade to new in few years. Next update can and is hopefully going to be significant if Apple use Arrandales. Remember that 3.06 has higher resale value so spending more now doesn't mean that you are throwing money away
  3. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Generally speaking, you pay a premium for that last few MHz of speed increase.

    So unless you need it, I would use the funds elsewhere because in 2-3 years, more than likely you will be able to get a faster system for less than you paid for your current one.
  4. Sipheren macrumors regular


    May 28, 2006
    Aus/Gold Coast
    You wont notice a difference in speed with an extra 260MHz, it's not worth it.


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