Which contributes the most to overall speed?

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  1. Merkava_4, Jun 4, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2017

    Merkava_4 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2010
    I was comparing my current 2007 MBP to a used 2011 MBP on eBay. Which of the specifications in the two columns contribute the most to speed; and do you think that there would be that much of a difference in speed between the 2007 MBP and the 2011 MBP that I have listed below?

    Processor Speed: 2.2GHz
    Product Family: MacBook Pro
    Memory: 2GB
    Release Year: 2007
    Storage Type: HDD (Hard Disc Drive)
    Hard Drive Capacity: 120GB
    Screen Size: 15.4"
    Operating System: El Capitan
    Processor Type: Intel Core 2 Duo

    Processor Speed: 2.00GHz
    Product Family: MacBook Pro
    Memory: 16GB
    Release Year: 2011
    Storage Type: SSHD (Solid State Hybrid Drive)
    Hard Drive Capacity: 1TB
    Screen Size: 15.4"
    Operating System: Sierra
    Processor Type: Intel Core i7 2nd Gen.
  2. Pangalactic macrumors 6502


    Nov 28, 2016
    The difference would be insane!
    1) SSHD instead of HDD means all boot processes, application opening and file loading will get cut in half at least
    2) Core i7 is vastly superior to Core 2 Duo. I honestly can't remember the last time I've seen the latter :D
    3) I would say 4GB of RAM is necessary for a decent performance, 16 will allow you to run a lot of applications at once and do video editing without any lag.
    4) El Capitan ~ Sierra - eh, not much of a difference

    If I would rank them in term of priority, it would be Core i7 > Memory (at least 4GB) > SSHD > Memory (8-16GB)
  3. Merkava_4 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2010
    LOL! :D
  4. smallcoffee macrumors 68000

    Oct 15, 2014
    North America
  5. killawat macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2014
    The 2011 will be superior in all respects. Beat down status. Now, you still have room for improvement on this, SSHD at the end of the day is still an HDD, just with some extra cache (and we don't really know how much since this configuration wasn't BTO available from Apple). SSD will blow the hinges off of classic HDD if you don't already know, so you can purchase a decent 256-512 GB SSD for not too many dollars (always good sales on the Samsung SSDs) and install it on your current machine which has the potential to feel more responsive then the 2011 machine with SSHD (based on workload). Of course, if you install the classic SSD in your 2011 you will also see incredible gains.

    Extra bonus, the 2011 15" has Thunderbolt Gen 1 meaning you can use USB 3 devices if needed. The 2011 is a quality machine all around.

    The point is, get an SSD.
  6. ctrlzone macrumors regular


    Feb 9, 2017
    SSD by far
    get rid of the "fusion drive"
    don't even consider the 2007 model.
  7. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    Your 2007 will seem like a malfunctioning calculator compared to the 2011...especially if you get rid of the hybrid drive and purchase a true solid state drive.
  8. redheeler, Jun 4, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2017

    redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    No doubt about it. Even putting the maximum 3 GB RAM and an SSD into your current 2007 would make a difference, but the 2011 is the way to go at this point I'd say.

    Edit: 16 GB RAM instead of 3 GB, the ability to add an SSD which takes advantage of SATA III (on the 2007 you're stuck with SATA I), and of course a Core i7 is going to perform much better than a Core 2 Duo depending on how you use it.
  9. Sterkenburg macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2016
    The difference between those machines is like night and day. The i7 CPU, the large amount of RAM and the faster drive would all be huge improvements compared to your current Mac. And I completely second the suggestions to get a proper SSD, if you're used to an old spinning drive this upgrade alone will blow your mind away.
  10. 0002378 Suspended


    May 28, 2017
    I second this wholeheartedly. I just (today) replaced my old HDD with a new Samsung 850 EVO SSD and upgraded RAM from 4GB to 8GB (I also replaced my optical drive with a 2TB SSHD for all my movies/music/documents). The difference in user experience is like night/day ! Esp. wrt app loading ... thanks to the SSD. And, thanks to more RAM, I'm not disk swapping anymore when multitasking (Firefox and XCode are huge memory hogs), which also increases responsiveness.

    But, the SSD is the single best upgrade possible for you, apart from the processor which cannot be upgraded without changing the motherboard.
  11. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Speed at doing what, exactly?

    If you're a heavy multitasker, chances are having more RAM is what'll contribute to speed.

    If you're working with large amounts of data that needs reading and writing fast, a SSD will be what helps speed the most.

    If you're pegging your CPU at 100%, 100% of the time, a better CPU will make the machine seem faster.

    It all depends on what you're doing.

    Since you have not listed what you actually do on a computer, nobody can say.

    With that said, the 2011 machine is roughly 4X more powerful in raw computing power compared to the 2007 machine.
  12. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Do look at the 2012 non retina because the 2011 is still on USB 2 and that's shocking for transferring data and peripherals in this day and age.
  13. littlepud macrumors 6502


    Sep 16, 2012

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