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  1. #1

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    Sep 24, 2010
    Choosing a Macbook Pro

    I'm curently contemplating buying a Macbook pro and i have boiled it down to these two choices:

    i) MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Intel Core i5

    15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display (1440 x 900 pixel)
    4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    320GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR3 memory


    ii) MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

    15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    4GB memory
    320GB Hard Drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Built-in 7-hour battery
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT with 256MB

    The obvious difference is the processor (i5 vs. Duo)... both laptops are the same price. I want to use the computer primarily for word processing, internet browsing, watching movies (in other words no extensive paintshoping or anything of that kind). However I will be looking to multitask a lot wuth many different apps opened simultaneously.

    Which is best???

    Please help!

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    bobtomay's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    The i5 with the GT 330 is going to have probably a $150 - $200 better resale value than the C2D. Without googling to compare, I would also guess that the i5 is just as fast if not a little faster than that C2D even though it has a lower clock speed.
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    CrimsonRequiem's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 24, 2008
    MBP 2.3 Ghz 4GB RAM 860 GB SSD, iMac 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 32GB RAM, Fusion Drive 1TB
    The first one has newer technology in it. Has a faster GPU. >_>" How are they selling these for the same price?

  4. #4

    Member Since
    Feb 03, 2009
    upstate ny
    MBP 13. 2.26. 4 gig.
    Jump on the i5. The newer processors are faster across the board, plus they require less power. Plus, as mentioned above, the gpu is newer, and will serve gaming needs better.

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