Which is better? Mid 2009 Macbook Pro 13 inch or Early 2008 Macbook Pro 15 inch

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  1. Macdude2010 macrumors 65816

    Macdude2010

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    Hello,
    I have an opportunity for fix an old Early 2008 MacBook Pro 15 inch as a little experiment. However, I was curious to see if it would be faster than my brothers Mid-2009 MacBook Pro 13 inch.

    So, if the 15 inch Macbook Pro works, the specs will be:
    2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)
    nVidia GeForce 8600M GT (512 MB GDDR3)
    800MHz Bus
    667MHz DDR2 RAM

    And the MacBook Pro 13 inch specs:
    2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (3MB L2 Cache)
    nVida GeForce 9400M
    1066MHz Bus
    1066MHz DDR3 RAM

    I'm not just looking for processor speed, but more of a general performance comparison, such as GPU/CPU performance, as well as how much a factor the DDR3 vs DDR2 and different bus speeds play into it.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Idefix macrumors 6502

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  3. Macdude2010 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm going to repair it regardless, found an exchange service that gives me a new board with the revised 8600 for $144. I wanted to know from a performance standpoint
     
  4. accountforit macrumors 6502a

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    You aren't going to notice a difference between the two.
     
  5. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    Except for the Unibody on the newer machine, which would be a dealbreaker for me.
     
  6. MarvinHC macrumors 6502a

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    Why, not a fan of the unibody design?
     
  7. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    On the contrary. The early 2008 MacBook Pro is not my taste.
    15" Unibody MBP is the late 2008 one.
    I should have said "dealmaker" instead of "dealbreaker" probably :confused:
     
  8. MarvinHC macrumors 6502a

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    No worries, got you now. I am writing these lines on a late 2008 and I am quite impressed how good it still is given it's age and how cheaply I got it :)
    The nice thing about this one is also that you don't even need a screwdriver to change the battery!
     
  9. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    Yep, I still have mine. And given it's got 8GB RAM and SSD boot drive + HDD data drive, it's still a very useable computer. Except in CPU-heavy-chores (like HandBrake video conversion), it just pales compared to my mid-2013 rMBP.
     
  10. WMD macrumors regular

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    The 8600M GT is considerably faster than the 9400M. Integrated graphics are pretty lousy by comparision. The older one will be faster in that regard, at least.
     

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