Upgrade my Macbook to a "last generation" Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by yayaba, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. yayaba macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2007
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Hi all, I'm wondering if someone could tell me about the performance gains I would expect to get from upgrading my 2ghz C2D, 2GB RAM, GMA950 Macbook to the last gen Pro model, specifically this one: http://www.amazon.com/Apple-MB133LL...1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1225349910&sr=8-1

    The main beef I have with my Macbook is:

    1) the screen size which will definitely improve with the Pro and
    2) performance running a lot of applications. I usually have Firefox, Eclipse IDE (Java based code editor which uses up a decent amount of memory), Photoshop CS3, iTunes, and other various smaller programs running all at once.

    However when I will boot up Fusion, my system basically starts crawling. I'm guessing I'm being limited by my 2 gigs of RAM here since I have a 7200rpm HD installed already. That's where the 4 gigs of RAM for the Pro would help.

    Basically upgrading to a Pro would be an extra $800 or so once I sell my current Macbook so I'm wondering if the performance gains is worth the cost. Will 4 gigs of RAM mean that I can run all of those programs w/o a hitch?
  2. futuremac macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Melbourne, Australia
    I have the MBP 2.5Ghz model and I use Fusion to run XP and Ubuntu at the same time without problems. Very snappy with Office apps open in all three OS's. I only have 2GB RAM but I'm sticking in 4GB tomorrow for video work.

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