What spec MBP did you buy?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Nipz, Oct 15, 2008.


What specs?

  1. 2.4

    24 vote(s)
  2. 2.53

    25 vote(s)
  3. 2.8

    10 vote(s)
  1. Nipz macrumors 65816


    Nov 1, 2006
    I brought a 2.8Ghz with 320GB 7200rpm HDD :)

    Edit: For the people with the 2.4 and 2.53 can you explain why you chose these and not to go for the upgrades?
  2. Logos327 macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2008
  3. ascender macrumors 68020

    Dec 8, 2005
    Base model for me. I've got a 2.8GHz iMac here, so don't need the upgrade on the laptop. Besides, I think any of the current laptop lineup would be more than powerful enough for what I'm doing with it.
  4. James17 macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2007
    Signature. Can't wait! :D I didn't feel I needed any upgrades, I thought the standard spec was adequate enough.
  5. goffski macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2008
    In Sig. Just need to finish work now and have a proper play with it. :D
  6. TheCakeIsALie macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2008
    I bought the 2.53Ghz, 4GB DDR3 RAM, custom 320GB 7200 RPM HDD.

    To the original poster: I didn't get the 2.8 Ghz because the performance gain is negligible (in my opinion, from reading multiple benchmarks) compared to the 2.53 Ghz while the price difference is substantial (again, in my opinion). Plus I think the 2.53 Ghz is the P9500, not the T-series like the 2.8 Ghz one (T9600), therefore it is more energy efficient (25W TDP on the 2.53 Ghz vs. 35W of the 2.8 Ghz). So battery life should be better.
  7. Nipz thread starter macrumors 65816


    Nov 1, 2006
    I was thinking of getting the 2.53 but i have the money spare and planning on keeping this for a while so thought why the hell not :)
  8. twynne macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2006
    London, UK
    Went for the 2.53/320gb/5400rpm/4gb as it was the best model they had in stock in the UK (Regent St.) store. The only thing I would have changed would have been the hard drive, but so far I'm finding it more than enough for my needs... and as drive technology continues to improve I can always upgrade it myself.

    I seriously considered the 2.8, but based on past experience couldn't be bothered waiting for Apple to ship it. Last time I ordered online it was a complete farce!

    One other thought on the 2.8 - if you change machines often I'm not convinced it's worth getting the top model anymore. Even that will soon be outdated, and (assuming you eBay the old one) the higher the price the smaller the market. I think the resale is inevitably a lower percentage of the purchase price for the higher spec models.

    Just my thinking... :) In any case, I love it so far! The build quality alone far surpasses any Mac I've owned previously - 2 Pro's and 1 MBA.
  9. Minimoose 360 macrumors 65816

    Minimoose 360

    Jul 7, 2008
    Yea, I'm hoping the new 17" will clock 3.0GHz and that's is part of the reason it was not updated yet...too my sad, sad dispare. :[
  10. Bugs78 macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2007
    Hagersville, Ontario
    i just ordered an old stock mbp (early?!)

    Main reason: cost

    New Base model - 2150$ canadian
    Previous Base model - 1700$ canadian

    My reasons for upgrading to a MBP was to get a larger screen size. The better video is a bonus over my 1year old MB (now my wifes)

    450$ difference to get a slight bump in video performance, and fancy new case wasnt worth it to me. That money is going towards a nice 24"Non-apple LCD, and a BT Keyboard and mouse.. OR possibly a macmini to replace my aging fileserver. Maybe save up a hair longer, and get both :)
  11. Nedturskakao macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2008
    Ordered the base model with 320GB 7200RPM harddrive. The price (with student rebate): 2559.04 $! Live in Denmark, can't wait to recieve it, it'll be here about 29th october the mail Apple send says. The reason i didn't picked the 2.53 or 2.8 Ghz model is that i don't need it + the price for the standard 2.5 Ghz model in Denmark is 3290$....
  12. iCries macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2008
    Why isn't anyone getting the SSD? Doesn't it offer substantially greater performance than the 7200 hard drives?
  13. Nikklaus macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2007
    I just bought a 2.8 GHz, 250 gb 7200 rpm MBP. It's going to have to last me a long time so I wanna get the most out of it.
  14. fxstb2002 macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Same here, well that and I wanted to squeeze every ounce of speed I could.
  15. nope7308 macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    No, not at all. To be more precise, SSD drives have no moving parts (think of a flash drive) so they are less susceptible to error. They also use less energy so they're better on the battery. That said, the SSDs read only slight faster and actually write slower than your traditional spinning HD. For the small storage, medicore performance, and outrageous price, it is no wonder that they aren't selling.

    Give it a year or two for the technology to improve and for the prices to drop.;)
  16. iCries macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2008
    Wow, finally got an answer, thanks. :D Does the 5400rpm drives used in the Macbooks feel snappy?
  17. Chic0 macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    ordered 2.53ghz, 250gb 7200rpm mbp. Cant wait.!!!!!!
  18. IrI macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2004
    Snap, same here. Now the long wait for it to get to me here in the UK :eek:

    Didn't bother paying the extra £60 for the 320Gb 7200 drive as I can always get that (or better), at a later date.
  19. SinkToTheBeat macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2008
    Just bought a 2.53 standard. Was going to go with 7200 rpm, but then I figured I'd be updating to a 500GB sometime in the near future anyways. I'll probably go with the OWC 500GB, and use the 320 in the external case as extra storage for raw video/audio and other misc. stuff, and eventually get a 1TB drive to back it all up on.

    I didn't go for 2.8 because of cost, and I don't really need it. I'll appreciate the extra cache and video ram (i know it only has a 128 bit bus, but the extra ram CAN be used, just not all at the same time).
  20. Aranince macrumors 65816

    Apr 18, 2007
    I haven't ordered it yet, but I got the 2.4 Ghz because its less expensive and I don't really need .13 Ghz. Its cheaper to get the 2.4Ghz with the 7200RPM 250Gb hd and 4Gb of ram with the ADC discount than to get the 2.53Ghz model.
  21. timbata macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2008
    I've ordered the 2.4ghz with a 500 GB HD, (after market), 4 GB ram, from Expert.com.

    I don't use Final Cut to or Photoshop, but I do use Logic.
    Will I notice the difference between 2.4 & 2.45 ghz?

  22. 4fingered macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2008
    I got the 2.53 with a 7200rpm drive. didn't opt for the 2.8 because I don't have $300 to spare. In fact I don't have $3000 (Canadian) to spare either but hey we do what we do for mac :)
  23. TtimeWithTy macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2008
    yeah, i did the same thing, ordered the 2.53, all in all its about an 6% max increase rendering speed. and thats about it.
  24. visiondancer macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2008
    I got the 2.53 with the 250 gig 7200 rpm hd. It was $40 less than the standard model, which helped to offset getting dinged on the VGA adapter, and the DVI adapter, and the apple remote. It'll be here next week.

    I didn't opt for the SSD because it's something I'll consider adding in a year or so once they get to be ~200 gb for a reasonable price.

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