Q6600 vs MBP i7 640M

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by asp30deuce, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. asp30deuce macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2010
    I'm thinking about selling my Q6600 desktop in favor of the 2.8 i7 640M MBP. I need a powerful machine that is both portable and capable of large scale java development. Would I be downgrading in terms of processing performance?
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    I went from a hackintosh q6600, 8 gig ram 8800gt to a mbb 2.66i7, 8 gig ram and felt no slow down and in some cases speed ups

    though...I am not a gamer either
  3. asp30deuce thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2010
    I don't plan on gaming on it, it's main purpose is for work. I'm guessing not many people give up their quad core desktops for a dual core i7 on these boards....
  4. Stvwndr219 macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2009
    Were all four cores being fully utilized earlier? i7 is definitely more efficient than the core processes.
  5. asp30deuce thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2010
    Typical CPU usage showed 10%-60% usage for the most part. The only time I load up all 4 cores 100% is when I'm compiling GWT modules and I do that task 5 or 6 times a day.
  6. beret9987 macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    While I didn't completely replace my desktop like what you're proposing, I did augment my workflow with a 15" i7 MBP(mainly do LabView development and the like) and I did experience any slowdowns and I actually don't use my desktop that much anymore unless I intend to game a bit. To be honest, I think it puts you at an advantage depending on your work situation. The ability to carry your work is an excellent way of going especially when you need a change of scene from those long coding sessions! Just make sure to pickup something like LoJack or undercover, lock down the firmware and get a good kensington lock and bag and you're good to go! Hope this helped!

    For reference: I run an Xeon X3520@ 4.2Ghz, 16GBs of DDR3 RAM and a GTX 285 in my desktop, just to give you an idea of what I was coming from.
  7. asp30deuce thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2010
    Well hopefully I won't see any slowdown from this switch!
  8. asp30deuce thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2010
    Well I made the switch today! Sold my Q6600 workstation and picked up a new MBP 2.8 i7 HR today from my local Apple store. Here goes nothin.... :D
  9. omizzle macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2009
    Let us know how it goes!

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