Reasons for Choosing 2.16 VS 2.33?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by farqueue, Dec 19, 2006.

  1. farqueue macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2006
    Hi guys, im looking at a new MBP, just wondering why would some people choose 2.33 over 2.16 is it really worth the extra $?

    I mean its only like a 150mhz jump?:eek:
  2. Silentwave macrumors 68000

    May 26, 2006
    Gainesville, FL
    but it happens twice over ;)

    it is far from just being the processor... the 2.33GHz version has 2GB RAM standard and a 256MB X1600 video card rather than the 128MB in the 2.16GHz.
  3. freeorangeshoes macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2004
    i got the 2.33 because i like having the best. better resale value too.
  4. nospleen macrumors 68020


    Dec 8, 2002
    I would have guessed that the 2.16 would have the better residual value. I doubt the 2.33 would sell for $500 more than the 2.16 in a year or so...
  5. Irish Dave macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2006
    The Emerald Isle
    Yeah I totally agree .....

    Dave ;)
  6. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    The extra videoram is good for some people, I chose the 2.33 over the 2.16 but to tell you the truth they are very similar. Even the old CD MBP was very similar to my 2.33, you won't notice the differences in every day work.

    However, the CD heats up like crazy, and the C2D doesn't, which is the best improvement I find.

    Anyhow 256 video ram could be useful, the tiny boost is nice and the extra ram is nice too. I guess the 2.16 is better value, but I got mine tax deducted anyway so it was only an extra 250 :p
  7. 2fives macrumors regular

    Nov 7, 2006
    Surrey BC
    for me moving 1 step up to to the 2.33 would have meant spending over $3100 on a friggen laptop!!! Kinda over doing it a bit.....don't ya think??

    I'm just gonna drop another 1 gig stick in my 2.16 and call 'er good.
  8. islandman macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2006
    I learned long ago to buy the best and stick with it. Your 2.33ghz will stay with you just a bit longer, simply because you'll have a little less of an itch to dump it when faster things come along. The additional RAM and the better video card are also worth considering.
  9. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    agreed - just look at how the core duo mbp models have already come together in price. the difference between the 2 Ghz (second version, with 512 RAM and 128 VRAM) and the 2.16 Ghz is now $150 on the apple refurb store. You're definitely going to take a bigger hit on the high end model. That said, it comes with more HD, more RAM, more VRAM, and more mhz, so I do think it's a meaningful difference.
  10. jellomizer macrumors 6502


    Sep 12, 2006
    Upstate NY
    Is it ever worth it.

    The slower chip you get the cheap the computer is. For best value of Life/Price 1 year old Tech is best (Referbed MBP CD). But how long do you want to keep the system for before you upgrade 3 years? 5 Years? Having that one bit of extra CPU speed 4 years in the future may mean the difference between running slow and running sluggish or the application just doesn't want let you run the app. Or in 8 years it just may be the slight difference that will allow the new version of OS X run or not.

    If you are using under normal use today you will probably not see much of a difference. But in the future where the thing is grinding to keep up with the request so if you are parcing out a photoshop filter in 4 year that takes 1 hours on 2.33 it will take an extra 5 minutes on the 1.16 (While a new system at the time will probably take 15 minutes to run) But in the extra 5 minutes can mean the difference of seeing it done or leave it running for tommorow. Or finishing on time or late.

    I got the 2.33 myself. But I sometimes go into the heavy processing fit so I kinda like it. But if you are just going to be doing simple stuff and planning to upgrade in 3 year go with 2.16 (assuming all other features are equal). Disk IO, RAM (amount, and Bus Speed), Chache, and Video Cards are often what is the difference between a bad computer and a good one.
  11. joshwest macrumors 65816


    Apr 27, 2005
    i went 2.33 in my mbp but in my imac the 2.16 was justified by spending the rest on other upgrades
  12. bcavanau macrumors member


    Oct 25, 2006
    Troy, MI
    I went with the 2.33 only because of the additional video ram, since I will do some gaming with my MBP.
  13. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    I would say if you plan on reselling it any time soon, get the 2.16, forget 2.33.

    I'm planning to keep mine for 4 years if not more, so I wanted to get the TOP that I could to make sure it would be fast during that entire duration (or most of it).

    I did the same with my 1st pc, and it was even running current games the day I sold it 5 years after purchase (although at very low graphics)
  14. v-ault macrumors regular

    Dec 20, 2006
    i'd go with 2.16, it's what i have. There is not much of a difference between 2.16 and 2.33 models.
  15. mangoman macrumors 6502a


    Nov 27, 2002
    Third Floor
    I bought a ReFurby 2.16 CD 15" from Apple today. Arrives tomorrow. For $1500, it's got 1GB of RAM (I bought another GB), and 256GB of video RAM. Um, can you say no brainer? Woot!
  16. GraceMolloy macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2006
    I did this partially as a desktop replacement. So I needed something I can game on. The extra 128 (256 total) of VRAM is very nice. I have absolutely no issues with this machine and I'm glad for it every day. This thing knocks the pants off some PC Towers my friends use, and I love rubbing it in when they complain. :D
  17. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    I went with the 2.16, upgraded to 2GB RAM and the 160GB drive. Based on past experience I doubted the processor speed was likely to be the limiting factor in most real-world situations; plus it's just not that much faster to justify the $$$.

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