Worth it to go with the 2.4 mbp?

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  1. XheartcoreboyX macrumors 6502a

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    well i was planning on buying a mb first..then thought that the 13'' isnt enough as im using a 15.4'' notebook(windows)...so im sure now that i want a mbp..
    I will use the laptop for playing multimedia..and some little videos editting..and ofcourse IM programmes and surfing the net...
    *i will NOT use it for any compilicated graphics design or even photoshop or similar stuff..but MAYBE 3D games(by bootcamp)!*...

    so what shall i get mbp 2.2 ghz or 2.4ghz??

    *Note:will be my first mac** =D:rolleyes::eek::apple:
     
  2. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    or your everyday use, i'm sure the 2.2 ghz will do everything the 2.4 ghz can do just fine. any performance differences will be hardly noticeable. have fun with your macbook pro.
     
  3. KJmoon117 macrumors 6502a

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    Assuming that he doesn't customize his MBP 2.2ghz/2.4ghz he'll miss out on 40 GB of hard drive space and 128mb of V-RAM.

    Now if you do customize your MBP (2.2ghz) to have 160GB (5.4k or 7.2k) then you'll miss out on .2ghz and 128MB of V-RAM...

    I don't think .2ghz is really worth it but I would look into what you need this computer for since 128mb of V-RAM seems pretty important if you're a gamer...
     
  4. XheartcoreboyX thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks for replays guys,
    im not a gamer..and never played a game on a computer..and dont care about the more 40gig or .2ghz...but the V card maybe..does it make a -real- difference in viewing videos and photos between 128 and 256 for the vcard??:rolleyes:
     
  5. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    no, it really doesn't. these are things even the macbook will do just fine.
     
  6. XheartcoreboyX thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    alright so if the 0.2 ghz doesnt make a difference..why do people pay the extra money for the 2.4? for the extra 40gig in HDD??
    :confused::confused:
     
  7. BigPrince macrumors 68020

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    noobs or gamers.
     
  8. XheartcoreboyX thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yup i agree!! btw in some site they said that the extra 128 in the vcard in macbook pros just makes like 10% in difference..:eek:
     
  9. bmat macrumors 6502

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    Because for awhile a lot of stores didn't have 2.2s. And for some people, who use gpu intensive apps, the difference made sense. I got it because I use aperture, I needed one, and no place readily accessible had 2.2s available.
     
  10. KJmoon117 macrumors 6502a

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    Pretty much...

    But what about if you're going to be using a 30inch display?

    If you're a gamer though (which I know you aren't), I think the investment in 128MB of V-RAM might be worth investing in. Plus I think the 40GB is kind of important if you're not going to be using any external hard drives and a replacement for your desktop.
     
  11. XheartcoreboyX thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    wow i wouldnt ever need 30inch!! currently i do have 15inch laptop..and it looks HUGE for me!! its perfect for everything!
    and about the 40gig..in this laptop(my only comp) i have 100gig HDD and less than half of it is filled!(music,movies,music videos,tv shows,photos,apps.)
    so well i bet the 2.2ghz model is pretty much awesome for me...right??:rolleyes:
     
  12. James L macrumors 6502a

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    Hey all,

    My thoughts:

    The small jump in processor speed is negligible (2.2 to 2.4). Almost not worth discussing over the long run.

    The extra hard drive space IS significant, imho. In a MBP the hard drive is NOT a user serviceable item, and you will grow into whatever hard drive you have in your machine if you keep it long enough. Unless you enjoy being tied to an external drive for more than backup purposes, a bigger hard drive now prevents you down the road from either voiding the warranty to change it yourself, or paying a tech to do it for you.

    The video card issue... 128 versus 256. This is an area where I feel people don't look deeply enough. People quote performance testing sites, such as barefeats, who state the the extra video ram only gets you "a few more fps", and at best just under a 10% performance improvement... which may or may not be related to the chipset and cpu, rather than the gpu.

    Now, look at the games they used for their tests. Most of them came out years ago. Halo came out in 2003. UT 2004. Doom 3 came out in 2004, with a Mac version in 2005. Quake 4 came out in 2005, with a Mac version a year ago. Prey is a fairly recent release on the Mac.

    So, my point is that they used games that are not current technology, and don't require 256mb of vram 99% of the time. This can be misleading when discussing whether 256mb or vram is better than 128mb of vram.

    The gaming industry moves fast. 128mb of vram is fine for today. What about tomorrow? What about two years from now?

    Not to mention that the OS is becoming more GPU dependent, as are many applications. Aperture is one, as mentioned above.

    My thought process when purchasing a laptop is to always buy as much machine as you can, knowing you will have the machine for a few years, and that very few parts of it are upgradeable. If all you can afford is the 2.2 model.... it's a great computer! If you can afford the 2.4 model, you not only future proof your machine better, but it will have a higher resale value down the road also.

    Good luck, and welcome to the Mac!
     
  13. BigPrince macrumors 68020

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    are you a noob or gamer?


    also take a look at this...
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=311205
     
  14. KJmoon117 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah go for 2.2ghz...

    But do you have any discount what so ever? ADC? EDU?

    If you go get the 2.2ghz I'm strongly recommending you to upgrade to 160GB 7200RPM if that's in your budget. The guy above me (well above BigP) is right, if you need portability and don't want to carry around external hard drives just upgrade to a 160GB and live your life happy. Who knows? You might need it some day... Oh and yeah BigPrince is also right, you might as well go w/ the 2.2ghz since all you're getting out of 2.4ghz is 128MB of V-RAM (something that matters to some people), the hard drive is upgradable on the 2.2ghz and is user-upgradable (but voids your warranty).

    Better safe than sorry.
     
  15. Zadillo macrumors 65832

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    Very good points.

    If you test using games that don't use more than 128MB of VRAM, you won't notice major differences. But if you do use more current games that use more VRAM, the extra VRAM becomes more noticeable.
     
  16. XheartcoreboyX thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So,you saying that i shall get the 2.2ghz mbp...so IF i need the bigger HDD(in the far future) i can ask the seller to uprage it to 160 or 200 gb and maybe sell the 120gb HDD.....is that safe enough?:rolleyes:
     
  17. KJmoon117 macrumors 6502a

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    Some Apple stores/resellers doesn't do that... Maybe others will..

    You can service it yourself but if you screw up, bye bye warranty...

    Just upgrade it on the website before you buy.
     
  18. XheartcoreboyX thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    apple store?website?? no well im buying it from Virgin here in doha qatar(mid east)and they probably do that,why wouldnt they? -_-
     
  19. aliquis- macrumors 6502a

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    Noone (with brains) bother about 2.2 to 2.4GHz jump, still Apple thinks it's a good idea to have it's costumers pay 300 dollar extra for it..
    People (atleast me) DO care about the amount of vram thought, and still Apple can't put 256MB in the lowendmodell aswell.

    Anyway, for your purposes just get the cheapest one, only worth reason to upgrade is the vram and that should just cost 10-20 dollar if you didn't had to pay for all that other **** aswell.
     
  20. Zel macrumors regular

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    I'm also interested in the differences between the 2.2 and the 2.4 models. Im going to buy one in a few weeks (I had enough money and then had to pay stupid rent).

    I'm a computer science student, so I am interested in as much CPU power I can get (for the same price as a MBP I was considering a dual-proc dual-core opteron beast of a desktop workstation), I'm not sure if the videoram interests me... I dont play a lot of games, but I might, you know?

    My current laptop has 18gb of harddrive total, so the differences between 120 and 160 dont really concern me either.

    I could maybe even go for the WhiteBook, but as a computer science student toying with neural networks and compiling and running emulated servers... the big 2.4MBP CPU looks ideal.
     
  21. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    Two words: Mac Pro

    A recent project has just revealed to me how insufficient even 4 processors can be.
     
  22. Denali9 macrumors member

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    128 vram vsd 256 vram

    My thought and a few will disagree is that VRAM won't make a difference even for games. By the time games require 256 vram, the GPU is going to be obsolete point and final and hence it's only worth paying for the additional vram if you do a lot of video editing using apps such as motion.

    BTW if you game, you will use Vista at some points and you can share RAM and assign up to a gig of it to the GPU, it's not as fast but it is close enough to make the vram difference a moot point under windows.

    MBP SR 2.2
     
  23. Zel macrumors regular

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    I realize that.. I had an association frequency analysis project last semester eat up four xeons for a week...

    But I am looking for a portable, or else I will be stuck with this thing! Im getting internet through PCMCIA Wifi, which actually overheats because it is next to a high-end pentium three (runs as hot as a C2D), so Ive got to eject my internet...
    No. I'm getting a laptop with built in wifi.
     
  24. M!K macrumors regular

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    Hi! I just wanted to tell you that i ordered my MBP 2 weeks ago (it's not arrived yet:() and i took the 2.4 because i plan to run aperture and final cut on it. My seller, which is also a good friend of mine, said that there is practically no difference between a 2.2 and a 2.4 processor. However, he said that i'll notice the difference between 128mb and 256mb of vram in professional applications or games. So that's why i took it. + i think that 160go of hard drive is perfect. It is also gonna be a perfect machine for leopard!

    Also if you are a university student like me, don't forget to have your free iPod nano with your MBP.

    (my first Mac too! I can't wait!)
     
  25. XheartcoreboyX thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hey thats pretty awesome,hope you will enjoy your new mac =D ''i can feel the pain of waiting trust me >_>'',,,but hey do you mean that Leopard will not work with the 2.2ghz/128vcard as well??
     

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