Which 15 inch MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rsamo, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. rsamo macrumors member

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    Looking for some advice regarding the new 15 inch MBPs. I'm leaning towards the lower end option, since there is a $400 price difference but have a couple of concerns.

    1) Main concern - only 256MB on the GPU. I am a pretty heavy iPhoto and iMovie user - but very little gaming of photo shop. Do you think the 256 is ok? I really wish there was a 512 BTO option.

    2) Processor I don't think I'll see a huge impact between the 2 and 2.2 ghz processors. Anyone else think this is a big issue?

    3) Hardrive - No concern plan to upgrade

    Comments and suggestions are appreciated.
     
  2. wwe2008 macrumors 6502

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    same, also I would like to see how the 13" now stacks up against the 15"
     
  3. zinka macrumors regular

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    Where do you see pricing? The store is still down.
     
  4. mark28 macrumors 68000

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    Imo, the $2200 version is the one that you should take. The ATI 6490m is weak, even the 330m from the 2010 MBP is faster.

    The $2200 15" MBP has the ATI 6750m which destroys the 330m. But it's a big price tag though.
     
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  6. Mirai 11 macrumors 6502

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    On the main section it says the 15 inch is £1549, and on the compare section, i have a heart attack as it shows £1849.
    I'm waiting for the Apple Store to come back online for the educational discount, its taking an age.
     
  7. rsamo thread starter macrumors member

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    Pricing

    When you click on the MBP image on Apple's homescreen it shows you. $1799 for low end 15 inch $2199 for high end (gulp).
     
  8. rsamo thread starter macrumors member

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    Good point super - I do need to check the EDU pricing. But my guess is $150 off low end and $200 off high end.
     
  9. rsamo thread starter macrumors member

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    Store is back up.

    Here is my edu pricing.

    Low end - $1699 - stuck with the 256 MB graphics processor
    High end - $1999

    So now the price difference is only $300. If I upgrade the Hard Drive to match the High end the price difference becomes $200. Now I'm leaning towards the high end model since I'm getting the faster processer and a GPU with four times the memory for the extra $200.

    Thoughts???

    I want to keep the machine at least 3 years, but I'm not sure how much heavy iMovie and iPhoto use will even use the Radeon over Intels GPU - anyone have any experience this this??

    One positive - it's only $180 to double the RAM from 4 to 8 vs the $360 it used to be with edu pricing. I'll still probably just go with the standard for now and double my RAM down the road if I need to.
     
  10. rsamo thread starter macrumors member

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    One other quesion - on the HD.

    750 GB @ 5400 RPM

    or

    500 GB @ 7200 RPM
     
  11. DemonBob macrumors member

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    I love my Company's Employee Purchase Program :)

    2.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
    8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
    750GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
    SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Glossy Widescreen Display
    Backlit Keyboard (English) & User's Guide

    For the lovely price of $2,299.00 vs $2,499.00
     
  12. aCondor macrumors 6502

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    Go with the higher 15" model base. Never upgrade memory from Apple. I would wait after-market to do any upgrades, as they will be twice (or more) as cheap.

    The Graphics Card is the main selling point here, and worth the $ IMO. But $2,000 is starting to get pricey.
     

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