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Hello All.

 

 

I was just wondering, how large is the difference in performance between the current base 2.4GHz model MBP and the current 2.5GHz MBP? The processor difference is very small I know, but the 2.5Ghz model has twice the VRAM & L2 Cache as the 2.4Ghz model, and I was just wondering how big the difference in performance would be between the two models. I will be picking up a new MBP in the next few weeks, and I am wondering if the 2.5Ghz model is actually worth the extra $400-$500.

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Depends on what you're using it for. It will be much faster in Final cut and Aperture, but not so much on things that just use the processor like Photoshop.

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I don't plan on purchasing any of the Pro software, iLife and iWork do it for me. Would there be any significant benefits to the 2.5GHz with those apps, or would the 2.4GHz be just as good there?

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i have the 2.5 and i love it but i am also a game so i switch over to vista and play some pretty demanding power but i love the 2.5 its a great machine you never know when you need the power and i think its worth it plus in the long run you will need the power to run the next mac os

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For video editing in iMovie, yes, you WILL see a difference. For most things, though, you won't see much difference at all.

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Even in iMovie, spending the money on RAM will be more beneficial. I've run the 2.5 and 2.4 side by side, and there's very little real world difference between the two.

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I have already purchased a 4GB upgrade kit, so I will be maxing out the RAM which should put a nice boost in performance. The 2.5 may end up being a little out of budget anyway, simply based on that factor I am currently leaning towards the 2.4GHz model, but we'll see how it goes.

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Well the date is set, at 10AM on August 6th I will be at the Apple Store Eastview to pick up my Pro! Unfortunately, my current financial situation limits me to the 2.4GHz model, but even though Its the same processor and L2 cache as the Macbook, there are still quite a few advantages to the Pro machine. I really wish I could wait till the new Macbook Pros are released, but with school starting in three weeks, I need to get something now. Hopefully it doesn't hurt too much when Apple updates the Pros (which is now looking to be sometime in mid September). I do have to say though, Apple is really screwing all the kids in my situation who need a machine for college and can't wait until then for it.

 

 

 

PS. There isn't anyone out there who wants to make up the difference so I can have the 2.5GHz model, is there? ;)

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If you're not taking advantage of the big discounts to students making a purchase through their educational establishment's system which Apple offers (and if your place does it) and you can wait then you could forget the in-store purchase and buy the beefier model so.

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Unfortunately that won't do me any good, my school sells the 2.4GHz for $1799 (same as Apple) and the 2.5GHz for $2538 ($239 MORE than Apple).

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That's as shame. I saved a mint - about 8 or 9% - when my bird bought an iBook through the UK version of the "Apple Store For Education" portal at her university back in the Autumn of 2004 - that (only) being available via its network of course. It sounds like your college doesn't subscribe to this facility - and, with the higher price on one model, that it's having a laugh - as some here in Blighty would say.

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For me, there are two different education discount stores: the default one (where you can go to Apple's store website and go to the education store there) or a school one (where there is a portal specifically for your school on Apple's store website or at your school). At least in the USA, you can get to that default one no matter what and it's prices stay the same (never more expensive). You might want to look into that. Also, if you want to become an ADC Student Member (ADC = Apple Developer Connection) you can subscribe to that for $100.00 for one year and you get a killer hardware discount on pro end models (a one-time offer when you join). If you look around the ADC site, you can find the ADC Hardware Store. Perhaps this will help you in your quest. Good luck.

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Do you have any idea what a Macbook Pro 2.4Ghz would cost after this discount?

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It's different for every university. It was 19% off for the uni I went to.

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I checked into the Student ADC membership, and I was going to go ahead and get one and see how much I could save, but then I saw the fine print that said you had to be 18, and I won't be in time to get something before school, so its back to the original plan of going to the Apple Store and getting the 2.4GHz model.

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One quick thing I have been wondering about; I got a Wireless Mighty Mouse and Wireless Aluminum Keyboard to use with my Pro, does anybody know if you are given an option to set those up during the initial setup process or do you have to wait until after all that is done and then go through the standard pairing process?

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I'm pretty sure you set that stuff up after the initial setup (after you login for the first time). It's no big deal though and it has always been a pretty easy process for me.

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Ok, that sounds just fine. One last thing; I purchased a 4GB RAM upgrade for the machine, would it be ok to upgrade the RAM before I boot it up the first time? I just don't want to do anything that could have a negative effect on my brand new machine, as I need it to last for a long time.

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Ok, that sounds just fine. One last thing; I purchased a 4GB RAM upgrade for the machine, would it be ok to upgrade the RAM before I boot it up the first time? I just don't want to do anything that could have a negative effect on my brand new machine, as I need it to last for a long time.

 

It shouldn't matter.

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Thats great, now I just have to wait until I actually have the machine in my hands.

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Personally I'd leave it until you're sure it's working ok. That way you know it's not you if it doesn't work when it arrives.

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Well, my original thought was to wait, and your suggestion makes allot of sense, so maybe I will.

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I have been researching the differences under the hood between the Macbooks and the Macbook Pros, and I found it very interesting that the base model MBP has the same Processor and amount of L2 cache as the high end Macbooks. One thing that this led me to wonder about was the graphics performance between the two. I understand that the MB uses 144MB shared with the main memory and an intel on chip graphics processor. How does this compare performance wise to the base model MBP which has the NVIDIA graphics card with 256MB of dedicated memory? I still plan on getting the Pro version, the larger screen, backlit keyboard and larger variety of I/O options still makes it worth it to me, but I am a little curious about how the graphics compare.

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The MBP poops on the macbook from the proverbial great height. The integrated graphics are nowhere near as good as having a dedicated video card.

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Good! Then that is definitely something that will make the Pro worth it.

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