To Penryn or not to Penryn

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by sealab2021, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. sealab2021 macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2007
    I currently own a SR MBP, but if you can believe it, ever since I saw someone using their macbook at the airport, I've never been happy with mine.

    So, I'm making the switch. Only question is,

    if I buy the old SR MB, I assume it quick, but when I go to the store, I'm impressed by the quickness of the the new Penryn MB's. Not having given macbooks much of a look through before, I don't know if its quick because of the Penryn chip or because of leopard? (My current MBP has Tiger)

    What do you guys think?

    Reason why I say this is, if I buy a refurb macbook, its only $850, and I'll do all the upgrading myself. So, save myself $150-250 or to Penryn? That is the question!

    Any thoughts?

    P.S. I've done some searching, but haven't found much feedback on the new macbooks. Seems like there are a fair number of people who didn't even know they were updated?
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Penryn? Very little diff between the Merom and Penryn MacBooks. Go for the cheaper chicken.
  3. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    Well, there might be very little difference but there is a difference. When I moved to a Penryn, I noticed a difference in speed and battery life with less heat. If I were you, I would go with a Penryn. It's not a big difference but IMHO, enough to warrant the upgrade.
  4. sealab2021 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2007
    Thought I would add here,

    Remember the days when apple would say, "Now 6 times faster than one of our 4 year old laptops!" LOL Now they say nothing
  5. iAmLegend macrumors regular


    Jul 8, 2007
    Adding penryn was a waste of time. No noticeable difference whatsoever.

    Wait til next year for a real upgrade and go with the cheaper model for now.
  6. Pacer69 macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2008
    Except for a reported extra 30-45 minutes of battery life, and better cooling thanks to larger vents and a more efficient processor. And then there's the speed thing. Outside of that, though, no, not much difference. :D

    Go for the Penryn. Otherwise you'll see one at the airport sometime and wish you had gotten it instead. :cool:
  7. vansouza macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2006
    West Plains, MO USA Earth
  8. bluedoggiant macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2007
    MD & ATL,GA
    So what, your gonna sue apple for it? Better than a 2.2 merom, who cares, its better, more standard ram and HD. It's like returning a blackbook because you don't want a 250gb hd, i can see:


    It just doesn't make sense apple wasted their time.

    the 2.2 have the same bigger vents, apple made the vents bigger in the 2.2 models.
  9. Shackler macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2007
    behind you!
    if ur current MBP is fast enough than the refurb. Mb will be fast enough as well so u dont need the updates. plus you will be upgrading yourself so the HDD and RAM makes no difference.
    And welcome to the macbook side!
  10. Celeron macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2004
    My SR 2.2 Macbook was just replaced with one of the new 2.4ghz models because of a botched repair job at the local Apple store. I haven't noticed any speed increase at all. I would say spending money to "upgrade" from any SR would be a waste in my opinion.
  11. nickXedge macrumors 6502


    Feb 13, 2008
    Long Island
    Go with the refurb, and upgrade yourself. You won't notice a difference, the only way you will know its different is if you benchmark it. Save yourself the money. If you regret it, which you won't, upgrade in June when Montevina comes out and you'll have Montevina/Penryn versus Santa Rosa/Penryn and you will notice a considerable difference in both speed and battery life. :cool:
  12. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    And you know this as a fact? When I upgraded I noticed a big difference when rendering DVDs.
  13. nickXedge macrumors 6502


    Feb 13, 2008
    Long Island
    No offense, but it's psychological. You only "notice" a difference because your mind is telling you it's better. Even the benchmark stats show very minor speed increases. As for battery life, mine lasts all day without needing to recharge, so 30-45 minutes doesn't really make or break me. I would be surprised if it was a considerable upgrade for anyone.
  14. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    Alrighty then. But I owned both Macbooks and saw a difference. We will just need to leave it at that.
  15. bluedoggiant macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2007
    MD & ATL,GA
    Agreed. and .2ghz difference + penryn. There is a reason we buy 2.4, there is a reason i got 2.8 over 2.4 for my imac, otherwise everyone would be getting 2ghz, and 2.1ghz, and 1.83ghz, and 1.6ghz, and 2.4ghz, and 2.8ghz xeon quads.
  16. DaBrain macrumors 65816


    Feb 28, 2007
    ERIE, PA
    All I can say is that IM glad they did this update. It allowed me the opportunity to get a real nice black macbook 2.2 refurb at a great price.

    Im very satisfied with it! Good luck in whatever decision you make! ;)
  17. LightDemon69 macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2008
    Levan, Utah
    Hahaha, try saying that to me using an old iBook G4. :p
  18. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Your battery lasts all day? Wow you must use all the power saving options. I just stick with Caffeine and it stays on all the time.

    As with the speed, it partially psychological. Sometimes it is fast, just not with this Merom to Peryn change.
  19. cecil444 macrumors member


    Mar 9, 2008
    Go with the cheaper Santa Rosa/Merom

    Having owned a Merom macbook and now a Penryn macbook, I seriously haven't noticed a different between one to the other. I like to think there's a difference, but it's nothing you'll notice. The fan seems to be a lot quieter in my Penryn, but then the Superdrive makes more noise than it did in the Merom! Some people say the case (if you get the black one) is less a fingerprint-magnet, but I haven't noticed much of a difference there. If there is an improvement it's very slight.

    I would definitely go for the cheaper option if I were you.

    The Penryn upgrade is a modest one, and if peak performance was your top issue you probably wouldn't be downgrading from a MBP to a MB.

    Good luck with your choice! It's always an excruciating process for me too.
  20. sealab2021 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2007
    Thanks Guys! I went with the "Cheaper Chicken", as one poster put it. LOL

    I'm sure Penryn is awesome, but turns out that after all the upgrades, I'm still going to be paying $1200. But now I'll have 4GB of RAM (totally unnessary), and 320GB HD!

    If anyone is interested, I'll be putting my SR MBP up for sale. Its only 6 months old, and hardly used. I'm thinking $1500. Send me a email or something if anyone is interested.
  21. miknos Suspended


    Mar 14, 2008
    I just bought the penryn (2.4). I had a merom 2.16.

    The differences:
    - runs cooler
    - have more RAM
    - more HD
    - more battery life. Now I get 30min more (6 hours using internet, music, email.. nothing heavy)
    What I don't like:
    - New processor have 3MB compared to 4MB of L2 cache. The speed are the same comparing the 2.2 vs 2.4. Penryn have more instructions, so in future the applications would run faster.
    - Now you have to pay 20u$$ for remote control!!!
  22. brandonshough macrumors regular


    Jul 19, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    The only real difference worth the $ is less heat. In my opinion....

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