Questions regarding MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by I'mAMac, May 10, 2010.

  1. I'mAMac macrumors 6502a

    I'mAMac

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    I need a new laptop for college and I was wondering which would be the best. I'll be doing mostly your basic school work and internet surfing with a fair amount of gaming(of course).


    2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
    Boot Camp & Windows 7 Home Premium
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT with 256MB

    I was eying this one and i can get this for about $1700 at macmall. My main question for this is if the 9600 is THAT much of an improvement over my X1600 in my 2.0ghz Core Duo iMac. Everything else i pretty much know is better.

    One other thing I am curious about is if it is worth it to spend $400 more for this:

    2.66GHz Intel Core i7 processor
    500GB Serial ATA drive @ 5400 rpm
    15.4-inch Glossy widescreen display
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512MB

    Personally I dont think I need all of that and the older model (not even that old) would still last me for a long time. All help is appreciated :)
     
  2. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

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    I'd actually go for option number 3, the Core i5 base model 15" MacBook Pro. It's a fair bit faster than the 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo model and doesn't cost that much more. Either way, both the 9600M GT and the GT 330M are a fairly large improvement over the Mobility Radeon X1600, and you should notice a marked improvement in your games.
     
  3. I'mAMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

    I'mAMac

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    OK great thanks. And correct me if i am wrong but the gpu's will switch automatically when necessary?
     
  4. djasterix macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, the new MBP has automatic GPU switching, no need to reboot.
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

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    With 2010 MBPs with Intel GPU + 330M, yes but with older ones it had to be done manually
     

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