Weigh in on my purchasing decision..

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iprashant.menon, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. iprashant.menon macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2010
    This is what I have:

    2006 Macbook Pro 15.4"
    • 2.33ghz C2D
    • 3gb ram (probably 3.5 actual)
    • 320gb 7200rpm HDD
    • ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 card with 256MB of GDDR3 SDRAM (shared?)
    Cost: $0

    Am I going to gain much by buying a new 13.3" Macbook Pro? (Don't care about battery life)

    2010 Macbook Pro 13.3"
    • 2.4ghz C2D
    • 4gb ram (+ability to upgrade to 8gb in future)
    • 320gb 7200rpm HDD
    • NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM
      (shared with main memory)
    Cost: ~ $700.00 after selling old MBP

    Couple Questions
    • Does the ATI card have 256mb of dedicated memory?
    • Would that offset any performance advantage the new Nvidia card has?
    • Is the new MBP's processor better than the old MBP's? (Even though both are C2D's? & obviously ignoring the negligible .07ghz in clock speed)
    • Am I going to regret only having ~3.5gb RAM in the future?
    • I might be able to buy a new 32gb 3rd gen ipod touch for $200, should I just buy one and stick with the old MBP?
  2. mousouchop macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2008
    New York
    Having upgraded from a 13" to a 15", I would never go back. The increased resolution is so worth it. If I had a reason to upgrade, I would do so just to get the new "hi-res" screen available in them.

    Why not consider the bottom line 15" model? You could sell the old computer AND the new iPod to subsidize the cost... I guess unless you really need the iPod.
  3. iprashant.menon thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2010

    I'd like to see how it is to have an extension of my Mac in my pocket, I can see the touch being pretty useful. I think the new Macbooks/Pros are all the same resolution as the MBP I have, except the 17" which has an HD 1900x1200. They use to sell 1900x1200 HD for my old MBP but as far as I know, it's all sold out.

    Anyone have any info on the dedicated VRAM / processor differences and how the 667mhz RAM on the old MBP would compare to the 1066mhz RAM on the new?

    Worth the cost?

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