SSD or 2.3Ghz

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by yourdensity, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. yourdensity macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2011
    Ok fellas,

    Im going to be picking up a new MBP 15" this weekend

    I am a designer who uses the whole adobe suite ( heavily and at the same time) and rendering programs (modo and other ray tracers) and move around ALOT with my computer ( in a bag everyday)

    I dont care about gaming at all

    SO... should I go with the 2.3GHz with the 500GB hard drive or the 2.2 with the 256GB SSD?

    what will be the real world differences I will see?.... Will I miss that 2.3 and $250 if I go with the SSD?
  2. keithano macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2008
    According to, the difference is minimal, or cannot justify the price for upgrade. I am a photographer who heavily use lightroom and photoshop, you should be getting a much higher performance upgrade with the SSD option.
  3. vipergts2207 macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2009
    Columbus, OH
    If you're wanting real world differences, go SSD. Money well spent compared to the .1GHz you won't even notice.
  4. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
  5. yourdensity thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2011
    It weird I am confused as to why this was even made an option if it is such a weak performance upgrade...even the 8MB cashe would not be a seller ( I have no clue what that means haha)
  6. WytRaven macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2009
    Orbiting Mercury
    Absolutely the SSD if your choice is SSD vs negligible processor speed difference. For most people the perceived performance difference between HDD > SSD will be like night and day. The perceived performance difference between 2.3GHz and 2.2GHz processor will be nil.
  7. Jaimi macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2009
    Your choice - 5% gain, or 500% gain in speed.

    The only real question you should ask is - will you miss the extra space? If not, this is a no-brainer.
  8. yourdensity thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2011

    I think I will miss the space...but thats what external drives are for right? Just need to store my junk and pron off site

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