Which 15 inch MBP?

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

  1. rsamo macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2005
    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

    Mar 10, 2008
    same, also I would like to see how the 13" now stacks up against the 15"
  3. zinka macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2009
    Where do you see pricing? The store is still down.
  4. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    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.
  5. Doneaux macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2011
  6. Mirai 11 macrumors 6502

    Mirai 11

    Aug 3, 2005
    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

    Feb 15, 2005

    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

    Feb 15, 2005
    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

    Feb 15, 2005
    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.


    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

    Feb 15, 2005
    One other quesion - on the HD.

    750 GB @ 5400 RPM


    500 GB @ 7200 RPM
  11. DemonBob macrumors member


    Mar 26, 2010
    San Antonio, TX
    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

    Oct 20, 2010
    United States
    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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