What will *feel* faster? A Mac Pro or a Mac Book Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by HotPink, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. HotPink macrumors newbie

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    So no haters, please. I can afford any computer I want, and will buy the one that I want. No lectures.

    But what feels faster to use? A MacBook Pro 2.93 with 4GB RAM and the 7200RPM drive, or a mac pro 8-core 2.26 with 6GB RAM? :p
     
  2. Yaris macrumors regular

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    I don't own one but I would assume the Mac Pro would feel faster.
     
  3. iShater macrumors 604

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    Depends on what you do. But just like driving a Camero in traffic will feel faster than driving a Corolla in traffic, it doesn't matter which one is really faster. :D
     
  4. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    Have you considered a 2.66 or 2.93GHz quad core Mac Pro? Likely to feel faster than both.
     
  5. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    It varies. If you use apps that aren't multithreaded, the faster processor will 'feel' faster. If your apps are heavily multithreaded, the slower CPU w/more cores will be faster.
     
  6. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68020

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    Running with a MacBook Pro will feel faster than running with a Mac Pro will.
     
  7. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    Mac Pro is definitely faster. Xeon grade cpus vs. laptop cpus. No brainer.
     
  8. Consultant macrumors G5

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    The Mac Pro processors runs faster than MBP processor due to different architecture.

    So of course Mac Pro.

    (but as the previous poster stated, if you want to do some jogging with it, then a laptop will be "faster")
     
  9. miggitymac macrumors 6502a

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    the unibody MBP will feel sleeker...it's aluminum. And smoooooooth...;)

    btw - mb if you tell us what you plan to do with it you'll get better opinions...b/c if you're just streaming youtube and surfing the net, they'll probably feel equally fast..
     
  10. hatehereyes macrumors 6502a

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    :D


    but i would say it all depends what you're gonna be running on it.
     
  11. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a

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    I would have to say I agree. You are most correct. :D
     
  12. cmaier macrumors G3

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  13. pprior macrumors 65816

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    +1 :D

    Silly question.
     
  14. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    Mac Pro is made out of aluminum too, am I missing something here?? :confused::confused:

    Hell my Mac Mini is made of aluminum as well.
     
  15. lord patton macrumors 65816

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    I think the answer, hands down, is whichever one is fitted with a high quality SSD boot drive.

    Beyond that it depends on what you're using it for.
     
  16. miggitymac macrumors 6502a

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    it was a joke...geez...

    but you're right...MP has an aluminum enclosure...you've proven your intellectual superiority by pointing that out with your timeless and clever wit...

    GOOD JOB!:cool:
     
  17. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    Yeaaaa surree it was a joke. Didnt sound sarcastic whatsoever.
     
  18. jons macrumors 6502

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    HAHA, very true.

    Having used both, the Nehalem mac pros feel faster even doing stuff like browsing etc...
     
  19. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    I don't imagine it sounded like much of anything, being text.

    Oh, boy. :p ;) :D

    I don't doubt the Mac Pro would feel faster (besides actually BEING faster). Differences in processor architecture, as well as more RAM, probably other faster internals that aren't taken into account when just looking at MHz and hard drive RPMs.
     
  20. miggitymac macrumors 6502a

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    Dude...you need a break from this forum...maybe step away from the computer to go outside and get some fresh air...

    Your comments in this thread, and your other one about the new MP, seem to show a decline in your ability to process information...
     
  21. darrenscerri macrumors regular

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    If you have a Raid setup in your Mac Pro, you're sure gonna feel faster! Actually, "feel faster" also means the snappiness of opening/closing apps, switching between windows, copying files etc. so a better HDD (or RAID) means faster!
     
  22. darrenscerri macrumors regular

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    Amazing comment! Got me laughing! :D
     
  23. techound1 macrumors 68000

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    :D
     
  24. ozontheroad macrumors 6502

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    i would say it depends on what/who he's running from :D
     
  25. macz1 macrumors 6502

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    Both having a fast processor, the most notable difference when doing normal, light to moderate work will be the hard drive. If you put a good SSD in the MacBook it will probably feel faster, but in every other case the mac pro will feel more responsive. And in every situation where heavy CPU work is done and much memory is required, the Macbook will clearly be slower (and noisier, too)
     

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