Unibody 15" MBP 2008 or 15" MBP 2011?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by datniceguy, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. datniceguy macrumors member

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    Thread title is misleading (on purpose). ;) So my girlfriend offered to sell me her late 2008 15" MBP (2.53 GHz C2D, 128GB Apple SSD, 4GB 1067 DDR3) for $800. Using my student refunds, I was looking to get one of the higher end 15" Sandy Bridge MBPs with an SSD and anti-glare upgrade.

    My main question is, would the C2D proc hold up when Lion comes out? I was planning on using the extra money I pocket with maxing out the RAM and getting an Optibay mod (maybe even a Dell Ultrasharp U2711 AHH!). And the extra time this proc would last could help me hold out for a MBP design overhaul. I just got into virtualization and would use the laptop for iOS dev work and computer science classes.

    It's running the 9400m/9600m GPU's, would running the 9400m be a problem in Windows 7 via Boot Camp? I tried doing some research and I heard there was problems with supporting the chipset in the 2008 MBP. Something about being forced to the 9600m when you're in Windows. Also, still trying to get a much more solid answer about upgrading this MBP to 8GB of RAM - lots of different answers about whether or not this will take the extra RAM (I'm running 10.6.6 and I heard support for more than 6GB of RAM came in after 10.6.4?)

    Thanks for the lookout guys!
     
  2. lukta macrumors member

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    I would just get the new one so you don't regret not doing it when lion comes out and it doesn't work for you.
     
  3. timsq macrumors regular

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    Just got the SB MBP and it's well worth getting the new one. She can get that $800 on ebaY easily.
     

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