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    2 vs. 2.16 vs. 2.33ghz

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    2 vs. 2.16 vs. 2.33ghz
    3 separate topics in one week...who's sick of me?

    SO...
    looking at the macbook pro, i don't want the 17", as i'm going to get an external monitor, and paying that much more for two inches of screen i won't really use just seems a waste to me. that being said, on the refurbished site right now, there are 15" mbp's but none of them are 2.33ghz.

    how much will i be compromising if i "settle" for the 2.16 or the 2.0ghz. if i won't notice that big of a difference, not having the 2.33 to begin with, it won't bother me.

    as i mentioned before i'll be running (at the same time) most likely photoshop cs2 with up to 5 large photos open, 2 screens of word, and give or take 2 screens of a browser.

    how much of a performance difference will i be noticing if i go with either of the lesser ghz?

    also, what exactly WILL i be affecting if i choose the 2.0 or the 2.16?

    i'm slowly catching on. help me out this one more time and i think i might just be ready to bite the bullet.

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    2 vs. 2.16 vs. 2.33ghz
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    IMO, clock speed differences are indiscernible unless it is roughly a third or more of the total rating. The big difference between the 2.16 and the 2.33 MacBook Pro is the fact that the 2.33 has a 256MB X1600 card as opposed to the 128MB card in the 2.16. That shouldn't be a big deal unless you're playing games.

    Personally, I'd go with the 2.16, but it's mostly a matter of how much you value that extra 170MHz and 128MB of video RAM. I just can't see the value with $500 difference between the two.

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    2 vs. 2.16 vs. 2.33ghz
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    2.16 is the sweet spot. id say 2.00, but they had heat issues, and are only cd.

    with the 2.16 (like i bought) you get a c2d, and def. a cooler running lappy.

    also the burner is a little faster, and you GET FW800!!! still wish when i bought it it had more than 2usb's...but in all honesty, i barely use more than one now.
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    2 vs. 2.16 vs. 2.33ghz
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    Remember that 2.33 vs. 2.16 is a roughly 10% improvement. Is that worth it when running a heavy duty Photoshop filter? That is an entirely subjective call. Personally I would say it is, but I freely admit that I am a performance hog. 10% is not trivial.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mac57 View Post
    Remember that 2.33 vs. 2.16 is a roughly 10% improvement. Is that worth it when running a heavy duty Photoshop filter? That is an entirely subjective call. Personally I would say it is, but I freely admit that I am a performance hog. 10% is not trivial.
    Is 7.8% trivial?

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    2 vs. 2.16 vs. 2.33ghz
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    Point taken traded! Yes, the exact number is 7.8%.

    Again, it *is* a subjective call, but if you are going to use the machine for heavy duty apps, why not get the most heavy duty machine you can?
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    2 vs. 2.16 vs. 2.33ghz

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    I was in the same boat as you a month ago. It was fairly easy to narrow down to 2 machines, as I did not want a CD, because of all the problems they had been having, + it was older technology.

    That left 2 machines (2.16 v 2.33). For me, the performance increase (proc and video) was not worth the $500 more I would have paid.

    The 2.16 is the best bang for buck in my opinion. It does everything in Photoshop and Final Cut, very efficiently, and I have not once thought to myself, I should have got the unit with more video memory.

    Besides, in less than a year, we will probably see new MBP's. Hopefully those will be worth spending the extra $$$$.

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    2 vs. 2.16 vs. 2.33ghz
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    forgot to mention the extra RAM you get in that 500, and the bigger HD.

    all that stuff adds up.

    i too went with base c2d. just bought some ram myself
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    The bigger HD is nice, but I wouldn't take the memory into consideration - just about everyone else is cheaper on memory and it's a 5 minute job to install (with three of those minutes being the time it takes to find your fine screw drivers).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac57 View Post
    Point taken traded! Yes, the exact number is 7.8%.

    Again, it *is* a subjective call, but if you are going to use the machine for heavy duty apps, why not get the most heavy duty machine you can?
    Im just teasing. I always get the fastest processor I can afford.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    The bigger HD is nice, but I wouldn't take the memory into consideration - just about everyone else is cheaper on memory and it's a 5 minute job to install (with three of those minutes being the time it takes to find your fine screw drivers).

    yes but if he got the 17", it COMES with the 2gb, built into the price.


    i dont see what your post has todo with the situation? maybe i missed somethin
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    2 vs. 2.16 vs. 2.33ghz
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    Quote Originally Posted by kgeier82 View Post
    yes but if he got the 17", it COMES with the 2gb, built into the price.


    i dont see what your post has todo with the situation? maybe i missed somethin
    He asked for opinions on the 2.16 vs the 2.33, the differences are in clock speed, memory and disk capacity. My post was relevant to the stated difference in memory and how you could easily get the same amount of memory for less than what Apple charges for it.

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    2 vs. 2.16 vs. 2.33ghz
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    i understand that its cheaper elsewhere. but i thought he was talking about the 17" at that point in the thread, which would mean there is no option for <2gb


    argh, now i dont see the post, maybe it was another thread im watching

    point taken.
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