Would this be an Upgrade in Performance?

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  1. rocknpop macrumors member

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    Hi guys,

    I am considering selling my MacBook MB403LL/A to get a MacBook Pro MB990LL/A but I am not sure if it is worth it as they are the same price and I don't understand the technical differences. Can you please help me understand? You can be very technical, I'm an engineer.

    Reasons I need an upgrade:
    - Running recording music recording software which is heavy on RAM and CPU
    - Need a powerful machine that will last a LONG time as I will be going back to Grad school

    Differences between the MacBook and the MacBook Pro:
    2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3 MB shared L2 Cache
    2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM;
    800 MHz data bus speed
    Intel GMA X3100 Graphics Processor

    2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo Processor with 3 MB shared L2 Cache
    2 GB of 1066MHz DDR3 RAM DDR3 memory (up to 8GB)
    1066MHz frontside bus
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics

    Thanks!!
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You're fine with your current machine. Get more RAM for it though and a 7200 RPM drive.
     
  3. gatepc macrumors 6502

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    The guy above has a point. you will not see a big difference on these machines
     
  4. MarkCooz macrumors 6502a

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    those guys have a point
    BUT...

    If you happen to go with the upgrade you'll get better graphics card which in case when snow leopard comes out the OPEN CL will be much better!!
    and ram is up to 8gb

    Since you like to edit music YOU can get 8gb of ram while the 2.4 macbook can only hold up to 4.
    4gb is truly a big difference when it comes to music editing and video editing

    I'm a video editing person, since I YouTube a lot, I really need a powerful machine to make all these HD videos i have work with my machine... I myself have a weak macbook, but it does the job, but it's quite slow when it comes to converting and such. I'll upgrade sooner or later

    Graphics card Might help i'm not so sure. but it's a big step from x3100 to nvidia though...

    better battery life too. will increase
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    6 GB in the Penryn MacBook Early 2008.

    If you're that concerned about CAD performance don't get an IGP at all. Go for a refurbished MacBook Pro with the 9600M GT.

    I keep seeing these OpenCL promises as well. It's getting a bit old. Just like before the Leopard launch.
     
  6. rocknpop thread starter macrumors member

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    Honestly, I'm not concerned about the video... I'm focusing 100% on performance. I don't want my computer to give me RAM errors in ProTools...

    Couple of questions:
    - What difference does the bus speed make?
    - Will the MacBook Pro actually be SLOWER because it is 2.26 vs 2.4?
    - Will I notice a great difference if I went to the 2.53?
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Barely anything worth note on a dual core laptop.

    Yes, you're still talking about a Core 2 Penryn. Clock speed matters and more is better. You're going to want the 2.4 over the 2.26.
    A few seconds that you'll probably never notice.
     
  8. MarkCooz macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not really sure about that, I've never heard a macbook can go up to 6gb, the one i have been hearing, that it can go up to 4gb... and the NEW UB Macbook Pro's can go up to 8gb.
     
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=573906

    Oh really?
     
  10. rocknpop thread starter macrumors member

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    Well... if what you say is true... it doesn't make any sense to upgrade to a MacBook Pro... :confused:

    Yes, mine can only go to 4GB. Not sure where the 6GB came from :)
     
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  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Which is why I suggested getting more RAM and a faster hard drive. :rolleyes:

    OS X is great for low latency audio goodness.
     
  13. rocknpop thread starter macrumors member

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    You know? Thinking about it more I think that the issues I have are related to the CORSAIR RAM that I got... Do you think that alone can save my computer form freezing even when using Safari? Say I change to a different RAM manufacturer?
     
  14. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/MacBook/DDR2/

    Guaranteed compatibility, great service, and prices.
     
  15. rocknpop thread starter macrumors member

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    Really great info... You're awesome!

    Last questions, I guess :) ...
    - Samsung or OWC? I know Samsung is the OEM, but I have an OWC ext. HD that I love...
    - Do I really have to get 12GB (2 sticks of 4GB and 2 sticks of 2GB if I want to upgrade to 6?)
     
  16. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    4 GB is fine to be honest. 6 GB might be overkill for your purposes. I have 6 GB in my tower and I've only found limited use with virtual machines.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136280

    This bugger is popular or you can go SSD.
     
  17. rocknpop thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks again, I forgot to mention I do record into an external 7200 rpm OWC HD so no need for the internal... I'm going FW into the HD, so I think I'm OK.

    OK OK LAST question (and thanks again)...
    OWC 4GB CAS 4.... or.... Samsung 4GB?
     
  18. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Go for OWC.

    I don't know what your budget is but the RAM first and then the hard drive.
     
  19. MarkCooz macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry... you know a lot about mac, so i have to give props to you...

    i just started using mac like a month ago.. so I'm just trying to use all the knowledge that i know to give this guy some info's.
    but you seem to handle it pretty well.
     
  20. Davidkoh macrumors 65816

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    The biggest thing with the new MBP (which I guess u were getting) is the battery life, I upgraded from my Aluminium Macbook that were 9 months old to this.
     

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