Why is Sandybridge better than current i5?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hook'Em2006, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. Hook'Em2006 macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2009
    Plano, TX
    Not extremely computer literate, so I'm just curious what all the noise about sandybridge really means. I just bought my MBP and was wondering if they update tomorrow, should I return it for the updated version or what.:confused:
  2. mdgm macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2010
    Faster performance and SATA III ports are good gains. Well if you can return the machine I would've thought you'd want to, to get the new improved latest model. In any case the MBP is due for an update. It's hardly a surprise it's getting updated now.
  3. aCondor macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2010
    United States
    In plain-speak, it's better because it is more good. The benefits of A provide a higher ratio of cost to value than B. The better something is, the more good it is. If something is better, therefore, it must be good. Or at least gooder.
  4. Hook'Em2006 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2009
    Plano, TX
    really funny smart guy....

    I suppose I will prolly want the more gooder one:eek:
  5. pricej636 macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2010
    If you dont know whats coming, you probably don't need it. Just sayin'.
  6. Hook'Em2006 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2009
    Plano, TX
    I just wanna be future proof is all.. well as future proof as one can be.
  7. gullySn0wCat macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2010
    Sandy Bridge is a LOT faster than the current i series (which are from ~2009.)
  8. nbarnacle macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2011
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    Ya, in layman's terms, your computer will "think" faster.
  9. shawmanus macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2006
    With tick tock Architecture, Sandy Bridge(Tock) has significant efficiency gains(performance per watt). Even Quad Cores are quite efficient and most windows laptops are showing good battery life gains as well.

    Plus integrated gfx has 2x performance than i5. Also Quick Sync is showing terrific value for encoding/decoding tasks.

    Check Anandtech review for details.

  10. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2008
    Arrandale is from early 2010.
  11. leetlamer macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2010
    • 20-30% faster
    • Lower power usage -> Better battery life
    • Better graphics
    • New transcoding feature for extremely fast video transcoding
    • 6Gbps SATA ports (faster, but only really important when used with SSDs)
  12. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020


    Oct 1, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    We're pretty much saying return and get that new new
  13. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    If you can easily and plan on keeping it for a while, why not? If you need to lie/cheat/steal in order to make the swap then i'd just hold on to it.
  14. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    That's the Quad core Sandy Bridge.


    "Due to the improved architecture and the new Turbo Boost 2.0, the average performance of the Core i7-2540M is higher than a similar clocked Arrandale Core i5. In synthetic benchmarks the performance should be on a level to the old Core i5-560M and therefore suited for even demanding tasks."

    Seems a Arrendale i5 can beat the Core i7-2540m. If he can get a free upgrade, then why not? If he has to pay money for it ( like $300 ), I'd probably think it over again. Unless Apple puts those Quad cores Sandy Bridge CPU's in the new MBP.

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