the 2.66 i7 or 2.8 i7

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BarracksBoy, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. BarracksBoy macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2010
    Hi there,

    As i have been shown the light by the users on this forum as to the fact that i do in fact not need either 8gb of ram or an ssd in my upcoming macbook pro my new question is very simply:

    Is there actually going to be noticable difference between the 2.66ghz and 2.8ghz i7 processors and is it worth the £136 i will have to pay for it?

    Many Thanks for any help as ever
  2. MartyF81 macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2010
    Chicago IL
    Simply: No.
  3. lickitysplit macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2010
    I would not pay that extra money. For that you can spend the money on a Momentus XT Hybrid 7200 drive which will give you better performance than .14 ghz processor bump.
  4. BarracksBoy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2010
    Brilliant, thanks guys :) a bit more money left in my pocket
  5. idonotliketostu macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2008
    Unless you do tons of video processing and etc, an i5 or even a c2d will suffice.

    However, you definitely need the SSD, but don't get it directly from Apple, get aftermarket. The speed difference will blow your mind. It doesn't matter what you use your laptop for, it's just that awesome.

    edit: okay maybe you don't need it but the since you care about "Feeling the difference", an ssd is something you can Definitely feel.
  6. AdamRock macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2010

    buy the 2.66 and with the 189$ u saved buy an SSD. together you will notice speed beyond your imagination.
  7. Macsavvytech macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2010
    The upgrade i7 2.66Ghz to 2.8 Ghz is 133Mhz which will not be noticed at all by a user also the upgrade is and extra US $17 on Intel's website compared to Apple's US $200
  8. RayK macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2005
    Just buy the SSD. The i7 will be great either way.
  9. hoopster macrumors member

    Apr 17, 2010
    It depends on how long your going to keep it, and if you do put the money towards a SSD. If you plan on keeping it 3-4-5 years I would say, yes cause it wont be out dated as quick unless you put the money towards a SSD if you do then I would say put the money towards an aftermarket SSD like an ocz or intel.
  10. seydurin macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2010
    I'd actually not take the faster one, because I suspect it will run hotter.

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