Upgrading 2009 MBP to a 2010 MBP...how much of difference should i expect?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Madlamz, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Madlamz macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2010
    My gf will be getting herself a MBA for school/travel. She currently has a 2010 13" MBP...since she'll hardly be using it anymore we decided to swap our MBPs...how much of a speed bump should i expect with this new badboy? I intend on bumping up the ram to 8gb and putting in a new 7200rpm HDD.

    I have:
    2009 13" MBP
    2.4ghz Intel C2D
    4gb ram
    Nvidea 9400m
    250gb HDD @ 5400rpm

    I WILL have:
    2010 13" MBP
    2.4ghz Intel C2D
    8gb ram
    Nvidea 320m
    320gb HDD @7200rpm
  2. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    To be honest, not much upgrade.
    However, the RAM and graphic is a great improvement.
    CPU wasn't a big change.

    If you only do mild computer usage (unlike intensive such as photoshop, video editing), you wouldnt notice the difference.

    The 7200rpm drive is faster than 5400, but highly unnoticeable.
    Save up and try getting a SSD or optibay.
  3. madonionrings macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2007

    However 2009 to 2011 will be a vast difference.

    But thats only if you do more then just surf the web
  4. Madlamz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2010
    I don't want to invest in a SSD until i get a completely new MBP, By that time they'll become more stable and the prices will surely get better, but to be honest the most intensive thing ill be doing on this thing is probably playing Diablo 3. I just want the feel and zippyness of a new laptop...the ram, hdd and graphics card upgrade will do for now.
  5. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    You aren't going to see a difference. The CPUs are the same P8600 Penryn, and the RAM speed is the same. Perhaps you may see some difference in gaming but for general usage, you probably will not notice a difference. It is essentially the same machine. The 8GB of RAM you may notice a difference but that depends on what you do. A 7200 RPM over the OE 250 HDD...it won't be very noticeable. If you want "zippyness" the only way to go is a SSD.

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