Significant difference between Core Duo and Core 2 Duo?

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  1. slipper macrumors 68000

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    I was planning on purchasing a used Macbook with a Core Duo or a new Macbook. Of course the used will save me some money.
     
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    After Apple upgraded my Macbook the main difference I found is the temperature...
     
  3. slipper thread starter macrumors 68000

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  4. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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    Core 2 Duo is 64 bit, Core Duo isn't. Leopard is 64 bit. It will be more future proof in that regard.

    (there have been 3 generations of core 2 duo machines now, you should be able to get a second hand core 2 duo as a compromise)

    The latest core 2 duo can take 4 gig of ram, the previous core 2 duo could only take 2 gig.

    The latest core 2 duo has a much better graphics card (x3100), all the other macbooks have the GMA950.
     
  5. je1ani macrumors 6502

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    The advantages are pretty significant i've read.
     
  6. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    For day to day usage there doesn't seem to be much difference. My Core Duo is plenty powerful enough for anything I want to throw at it.
     
  7. clevin macrumors G3

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    You won't feel it. 64bit OS need 64bit app, which there aren't many after all.
     
  8. spinne1 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a Mac Mini that is 1.83 Core Duo. It feels plenty snappy to me. (And much snappier than my 1.4Ghz upgraded G4.)
     
  9. scienide09 macrumors 65816

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    If you are upgrading from a pre-Intel Mac to and Intel Mac, you'll notice some difference. You probably won't notice a difference between CD and C2D.

    As noted, the C2D Macs can take more RAM, and are more future-proof.
     

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