Worth $300 to upgrade MBP 13"\2.53ghz\4gb 2009 to 13"\2.66\4gb 2010 for bat\vid?

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  1. bella92108 macrumors 68000

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    I have last year's MacBook Pro, that has 13" screen, 2.53 ghz, 4 gb ram, with the 9400 video. I'm wondering if there's compelling enough reason to upgrade it to the newly released 2010 model 13" 2.66 ghz, 4 gb ram, with the 310m video that would get 10 hours of battery rather than my present 7.

    The other thing I'm considering is when I bought mine I opted for the 5400 rpm hard drive, because I didn't want to lose an hour of my battery. If I do the above upgrade, I'd be apt to also go to 7200 rpm drive, as I think i'd see a noticeable performance boost, and still see a battery increase over my previous model.

    Thoughts\feedback\advice? You guys are the experts, let me know...
     
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    Unless you play games and demand better graphs than your current can offer, it's useless. It's same as your current with 260MHz faster CPU, faster GPU and better battery, so not worth it
     
  3. bella92108 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    What would the threshold be in terms of cost that it would be worth it? $200? $100? I mean 2.53 to 2.66 isn't a huge upgrade, but for snappier graphics, 30% more battery life, and if I did invest in the 7200 rpm hard drive it'd make a huge speed\app load time difference right?
     
  4. breathesrain macrumors regular

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    An SSD would make a noticable difference, a 7.2K drive, not as much (only with intensive use.

    Consider looking at the lower end 13", as the upgrade to the higher end one isn't very cost efficient. Losing .13 Ghz would probably be unnoticeable.
     
  5. johnnymg macrumors 65816

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    You should go in and take a look at the new screen. FWIW, I'm VERY impressed with the new screen on the 13". I've been using my new 13" for almost a week now and it really has an excellent display! Colors and contrast much better than my 2009 15" MBP!

    Performance wise................. eh, I doubt you would see much difference.
    Bat life should be half again better.

    cheers
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    IMO max 200$, only due battery and GPU but I still wouldn't do that. Wait a year or two and then ask again
     
  7. bella92108 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    What do you mean the new screen? I have the 2009 version and they didn't change the screen. Can you explain what you mean? I'm guessing you're referring to before the 13" became a macbook "pro" how the screen wasn't as good, but please clarify.
     
  8. Kingcodez macrumors 6502

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    It might be worth it, but don't get the 7200 RPM HDD, get an aftermarket 5400. Their usually faster than the 7200 drives anyways. You will never notice the difference.
     
  9. bella92108 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Really? Either way it'd be after market... the 500 GB WD drives are about $90 for 5400 or $120 for 7200 now. Everything I've read says they're noticably faster but take about an hour of battery life and are a bit noisier\vibration.
     
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    WD Scorpio Blue is as fast as most 7200rpm drives, but no issues
     
  11. bella92108 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    5400 is as fast as 7200? So if a car is driving 54 mph next to one that's driving 72 mph they both get to the destination at the same time? That makes no sense.
     
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    There are a lot more things affecting the speed... If BMW has 200 horsepowers and Audi has 150 horsepowers, does it mean that BMW is faster? No.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/scorpio-notebook-hdd,2109-6.html

    IMO Scorpio Blue is definitely the best choice
     
  13. magbarn macrumors 68000

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    That review is over a year old. The Hitachi 7200rpm 500gb is a game changer (unlike the much-maligned seagate 7200rpm 500gb that Apple unfortunately uses!) as it's substantially faster than the WD 500gb blue.
     
  14. bella92108 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    So you send me a benchmark which shows 4 of the top 5 fastest hard drives on the market are 7200 and tell me to get 5400? Furthermore, the #3 rated drive you identified shows as 10% slower than the #1....
     
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    As I said, it's as fast as most 7200rpm drives. You said you don't want to lose battery life and 7200rpm runs hotter and may cause vibration...

    It's the best 5400rpm drive around. Sure some 7200rpm drives are faster but they have their cons too
     
  16. nj-mac-user macrumors 6502

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    That makes no sense. A 500GB 5400rpm drive is not going to be faster than a 500GB 7200rpm drive. Now it'll be faster than some 320GB 7200rpm drives in certain tests for the simple fact that it has less distance to travel across the platter when performing the same tests, but just saying 5400rpm drives are faster than 7200rpm drives as a general statement is just plain silly.
     
  17. Hellhammer Moderator

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    If they are same size, 7200rpm will win but look at the link above, Scorpio Blue is very fast 5400rpm drive and if you get +500GB version (640GB, 750GB, 1TB), they'll be even faster.

    For speed, I would get SSD as 7200rpm drives are way slower
     
  18. nj-mac-user macrumors 6502

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    SSD's are far superior performance wise, but then you have the issues of degradation over time, cost, and the inability to securely erase unused disk space on a Mac if you chose to sell it in the future.
     
  19. magbarn macrumors 68000

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    I currently have a Intel 160gb G2 in my 15" MBP, BUT I still keep an "old-skool" Hitachi 7200 rpm 500gb in my 13" MBP with which I travel. IMHO 128/160gb is still too small for my travel computer. With my MP3, movie, and DSLR RAW files my G2 would be filled up in an instant. Until then 7200rpm HD's still have their place as 512gb SSD's are still >$1000. OTOH, if you're hell-bent on 5400rpm WD blue drives, I'd get the new 750gb instead of the 500gb for a minor price increase. It's slightly faster and an extra 250gb for bootcamp. WD 750gb 2.5" 9.5mm 5400rpm Blue (There's a 12.5mm older version, but I wouldn't get as the 9.5mm is faster)
     
  20. magbarn macrumors 68000

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    Not only that, but OSX lack of TRIM support is another negative for me.
     

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