What is the difference with these processors?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ademuth93, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. ademuth93 macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2010
    Minnesota: Land of the Lakes? You betcha!
    I'm looking at laptops for college and I was on the Dell site (gasp!) to see what their cheaper laptops had to offer. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that all their laptops offered i7 processor upgrades if one wished to upgrade.

    But then...

    I noticed that the processors clocked at 1.6 GHz. What's up with that? The MacBook Pro i7's come in at >2.4 GHz. Are Dells just cheap little bastards or what?

    Anyone care to elaborate on this seemingly huge difference for the same processor?

    Also, can anyone give an estimate on how noticeable the difference between a 1.6 GHz and 2.4 GHz processor would be?
  2. aeboi macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2009
    Bay Area
  3. vant macrumors 65816

    Jul 1, 2009
    I think you are putting too much emphasis on the CPU.

    Dell 1.6GHz i7s are quad cores.
  4. RedReplicant macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2010
  5. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2008
    The 1.6 is a quad and only really pulls away in multithreaded apps at the expense of battery life and heat. It's Intel's higher end part but its based on a slightly older technology so its not worth it if you aren't using apps that can take advantage of multiple cores.
  6. demonsavatar macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
    The 1.6Ghz quad does pretty well using fewer cores too because it can ramp up to 2.8Ghz using Turboboost.

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