Whats your thoughts [17-inch 2.3GHz 512GB SSD]

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Richard Johnson, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. Richard Johnson, Feb 28, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2011

    Richard Johnson macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2008
    I'm getting ready to purchase my first Mac which will be a Macbook Pro 17 inch, Specs are as followed:

    2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
    8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
    512GB Solid State Drive
    SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    MacBook Pro 17-inch Hi-Resolution Antiglare Widescreen Display
    Backlit Keyboard (English) & User's Guide
    Accessory Kit

    Order Total: $4,446.36

    My question is, will I be happy with this Macbook pro if I am purchasing it for the follow:

    Mid-Hardcore Gaming - Can you?
    Fast - Will this be ultra fast?
    SSD - is it wroth it
  2. SPEEDwithJJ macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2008
    You'll definitely love that config. :)

    I just wish I have that kinda money to buy one with those specs. :(
  3. billgates99 macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    Honestly if this is really important to you, I would wait until there is a bit more feedback on this card.

    I don't know whether the 6750M can delivery good frame rates for recent games at 1920x1200. It's not a bad video card, but definitely not a top-tier card either.

    Fast? yes

    SSD most definitely worth it for the following:
    - reduction of bootup/shutdown/application load times
    - improved experience working with huge files in photoshop and CS5
    - improvements working with huge video files

    However, SSD does not help game performance at all except for reducing load times
  4. bobcan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2007
    Sunny but Cold.. Canada
    'Spinal Tap' .. Stonehenge..

    I was 'intrigued' by the 17 foot part.. 'Spinal Tap' reference to those who remember the Stonehenge stage pieces..

    Whats your thoughts [17' 2.3GHz 512GB SSD]

  5. Richard Johnson thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2008
    I mean as long as I can run Like The Sims 3, World of Warcraft and some decent games at a alright setting, then that's all I really need. I just want to have the ability to run a massive game if needed.
  6. billgates99 macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    Those games should run fine at lower resolutions (1440x900 or 1680x1050), and maybe not too bad on lower details settings at 1920x1080 or 1920x1200.
  7. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    You definitely get less and less for your money the more you spend.

    Nice computer though. :)
  8. iPhone1 macrumors 65816


    Apr 2, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    That's a whole lot of Mac for your first Mac. Go big or go home.
  9. mashsensor macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2011
    If you are very rich, definitely go for it! It will do everything you listed.

    If this represents a large portion of your disposable income, then you will feel a lot of buyers remorse after 10-12 months when it is no longer the big bad wolf of the macbook pro line when its refreshed again with even better specs
  10. billgates99 macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    If you can handle waiting another week or so, you will have a chance to see more benchmarks for the 6750M before deciding.
  11. Watermonkey macrumors member


    Oct 27, 2006
    NE Washington State
    If not for the OS, I wouldn't recommend these machines after the one I've got that's trashed or nearly useless because of the warped or damaged case as a result of the former battery exploding. It's caused all sorts of problems for me.
  12. Richard Johnson thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2008
    Yeah I know that's gonna be a kick in the face once it get refreshed. But I mean I can either buy it now and see a refresh in 12 months or buy it then and see a refresh in 12 months from then. Lol

    I just hope games hold its on with 1980x1200.
  13. SPEEDwithJJ macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2008
    Can't you get your MBP repaired or replaced by Apple? :confused:
  14. Richard Johnson thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2008
    I think it will be a good purchase, just hope its worth it.
  15. kjos8035 macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2011
    Being that my 2007 MBP with an 8600GT can run WoW on medium settings on 1920x1200 external monitor, I don't see why this setup won't kick serious ass. It's the exact one I ordered on Friday. I should be getting it early this week and will report back benchies and gaming tests.
  16. Richard Johnson thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2008
    Nice bro
  17. kjos8035 macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2011
    It hurts a little thinking of the desktop I could have built for the same price (basically top end everything with a couple two, three top graphics cards)... but portability is something worth paying for.
  18. MonsterRain macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2008
    I've been thinking about the same setup...the only thing keeping me from pulling the trigger is the 512GB SSD. If I got the stock 750GB 5400 rpm drive, could I upgrade later with the SSD? or do I have to have an SSD to switch to one?
  19. ender land macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2010
    I'm not sure why you'd want to pay so much for the 512gb SSD.

    You don't need that much
  20. kjos8035 macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2011
    It's actually quite cheap compared to anything else you could get to make up 500 gigs of solid state memory (1400+ anywhere online for that much drive). The built in drives will also be TRIM supported in Lion... not to mention no compatibility issues and blazing fast speed for anything you'll ever read, write, or execute.
  21. billgates99 macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    I have a similar problem (320GB SSD raid in my laptop) - because space is limited, I use a few 32GB and 64GB SDXC cards. You might find that 256GB SSD would be enough with an SDXC card or two for extra storage.

    They are slow, so if you need to work on some large photoshop files, for example, it's best to transfer the files over to your primary drive, but it allows me to save space.
  22. auero macrumors 65816

    Sep 15, 2006
    You'll save yourself a ton of money by ordering an SSD from another company (probably will be faster too). It's very simple to do and there are many videos. Same goes with the ram.
  23. kappaknight macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2009
    Do you have proof to back that up? I see a lot of people echoing things they may have heard on the web, but where can you get a 500GB SSD for under $1,000? Everywhere I looked was about $1,400+.

    On the other hand, it is true you can max out the ram for cheaper than Apple's prices - those are pretty easy to find online.
  24. AdamRock macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2010
    paying 200/300$ for a 100Mhz CPU boost is not worth it, just stick with a 2.2Ghz.
  25. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I don't think I would ever pay $4500 for a laptop.
    But hey, that's just me.

    Macs really aren't for gaming, whether you invest $4500 or not.

    What do you plan on using your computer for?

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