Question about new chips - i5-520M VS. i5-2520M

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by stayathomedad, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. stayathomedad macrumors newbie

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    I currently have the 2.4Ghz i5 in my MBP (last year).

    Excluding gaming, what kind of performance boost should I expect from the new MBP's i5-2520M?


    THANKS!
     
  2. ChronoIMG macrumors regular

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    Probably not much, I'd even gather you wouldn't notice any performance increase without gaming or heavy processing loads. The differences between those two chips is very small.
     
  3. stayathomedad thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Could you explain the none and not much?

    Added context - I will be using Lightroom 3 to edit photos.
     
  4. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

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    I use LR on a lowly 2.4ghz C2D macbook.

    You will be fine. Unlike most other Adobe products LR is actually unbloated and coded efficiently. (Which is why I insist Adobe didn't really write it).
     
  5. ChronoIMG macrumors regular

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    As stated above, you won't see much improvement at all for usage such as this. Not much or none means the same as what is "is"... :)
     
  6. stayathomedad thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Perhaps I need clarification as to the difference between the two chips.

    Is 3d graphic gaming the only benefit to the sandy upgrade?
     
  7. orfeas0 macrumors 6502a

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    exept the better integrated graphics chip in the sandy bridge, the other good thing is they drain a lot less battery.
     
  8. lewdvig macrumors 65816

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    Clock for clock the CPU is about 20% faster. The memory is also 25% faster.

    You will also get better battery life and less heat.

    In a few days you will be able to verify this yourself. My guess is that Anandtech will have the first real thorough review up by the middle of next week.
     

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