ssd in old mbp, or new i7 laptop?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sejanus, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. sejanus macrumors regular

    May 3, 2005
    hi guys

    I'm a photographer. 90% of the use of my laptop is for using aperture at wedding receptions, where I do a bit of a slideshow of the photos I took so far in the wedding that day.

    Every second counts - I usually am rushing like crazy to get it going in time.

    I was thinking of getting a new i7 mbp but saw on anandtech the aperture benchmark is not that huge a difference.

    My current laptop is a unibody mbp, the 17" core 2 duo 2.66ghz with 4gb ram and a 500gb 7200rpm drive and matte display.

    Do you think I'd be better buying the new laptop, or just buying a 256gb ssd to put in my current laptop?


  2. chopper dave macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2007
    Definitely go SSD and you will see a bigger speed boost. Anand says it's probably not worth it if you have last year's model. As for a SSD, with lack of TRIM in OSX, only Intel and Sandforce drives will perform well over time in OSX so I suggest one of them.
  3. sejanus thread starter macrumors regular

    May 3, 2005
    thanks. i think the owc mercury drives (not sure if they are rebranded) also don't slow down over time
  4. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    If I had to choose, definitely the i7 mbp. Then I would think about getting an SSD later on it.

    I had an intel ssd on the previous gen mbp and this gen mbp so from my experience alone, I would rather have the i7 mbp with a 7200rpm 500gb than an old mbp with an ssd.

    YES the i7s are THAT impressive.

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