Which is better?

Chupa Chupa

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Based on GeekBench alone, so take it for what it's worth to you, the RMBP is about 2x faster than what you have. The RMBP clearly has a better video card which I'm sure After Effects and action games will make good use of.
 
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shurcooL

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Jan 24, 2011
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The new processor has lower clock speed, but it will be SIGNIFICANTLY faster.

1. It is a much faster architecture, Core i7 (Ivy Bridge)
2. It is quad core. 4 cores. Your last CPU only has 2 cores.

CPU power = Architecture * Frequency * # of Cores

So a 2.3 GHz Core 2 Duo would be slower than a 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, but a 2.3 GHz Core i7 (Ivy Bridge) is way faster.
 
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Bradllez

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Mar 3, 2012
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This may be a dumb question, but I want to make sure before I make any decisions. For heavy use of the Adobe Creative Suite (mostly Premiere and After Effects) and gaming, which is a more powerful computer?


MacBookPro5,3 (The computer I have now)
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz
Hard Drive: 500 GB
Memory: 4 GB

OR

MacBook Pro with retina display (The computer I want)
Processor Name: Intel i7 Quad Core
Processor Speed: 2.3 GHz
Hard Drive: 256 GB
Memory: 16 GB

Obviously I'd be making a huge leap in terms of RAM, but I am concerned about the drop off in processor speed. Will that be noticeable?
Retina MacBook Pro.
 
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pandamonia

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Nov 15, 2009
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Your comparing a 2.0L Ford Focus to a 1.8L F1 racing car

One has less "mhz" but which do you think is faster.
 
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shurcooL

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Jan 24, 2011
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No offence, but this thread is funny when you think about the people buying MacBook Pros. Expectation != reality.

Especially in the context of this quote from the Engadget review:

It's perhaps more friendly for novice users, but remember: this is a laptop with the word "Pro" in the name.
 
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