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    15" macbook pro 2.2 or 2.4??

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    15" macbook pro 2.2 or 2.4??
    hey...

    i am planning on purchasing a macbook pro.

    due to financial restraints, i find myself unable to purchase the 17", but am instead left with the question... should i go for the 2.2 ghz or 2.4 15"??

    if i go the 2.4 i gain...
    .2 ghz clock
    40 gig hdd
    128 mb more dedicated video

    the doubling of dedicated video would be expecially important to me as i am purchasing a macbook pro to use final cut to professionally edit film....

    so ... while it would be great to have these upgraded specs, is it worth the extra $700 or so?? i would love to have the 2.4 but i just can't decide if its worth it as i would struggle for the extra $700 somewhat

    thoughts? comments??

    cheers

    carey

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    15" macbook pro 2.2 or 2.4??
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    for the money and if you're going to edit professionally I would say get a desktop system instead. You just can't beat the power of a desktop especially when editing/rendering video.

    But otherwise I think you've answered your own question about the benefits of the extra video ram.

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    15" macbook pro 2.2 or 2.4??

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    re...
    yes however portability is a big issue for myself, i really need my system to be portable, not a desktop, makes it a lot more useful as i am not always editting at home.

    but yes i had thought that myself with the extra 128 vid ram... but does anyone know how well the 2.2 would run with just the 128, ie how important is the upgrade? could u get away with the 2.2?

    cheers

    carey

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    15" macbook pro 2.2 or 2.4??
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    hello to all thats my first post.
    im a switcher for 2 days now and im a happy macbook pro 2.2ghz owner.
    im a 3d modeller and i also work with after effects photoshop and that stuff...so far my macbook pro seems to be perfect...
    i agree that the best choice is a desktop and not a notebook, i also wanted portabillty so i bought a macbook pro.
    i had the same problem trying to think which macbook is best for me...and i think i did the right choice...nvidia 8600GT that this machine got its awsome and very very powerfull and i think u will be great with that.
    but oh well this is ur choice...only u know which mac fits to you better...im just telling that im sure you will not having any problem with ur work buying the 2.2 version.

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    15" macbook pro 2.2 or 2.4??
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    personally i dont think that .2 difference and 128mb extra ram are worth 500$, but thats my opinion..like everybody else said, its your choice, with that extra 500 bucks i would go get an iPhone if i were you, that way you'll have two extra cool gizmos, or a Video Apple, the big ones, and u still got money left over, for like idk costumizing the mbp with skins and stuff....thats what i would do if i had the money

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    15" macbook pro 2.2 or 2.4??

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowrider View Post
    for the money and if you're going to edit professionally I would say get a desktop system instead. You just can't beat the power of a desktop especially when editing/rendering video.

    But otherwise I think you've answered your own question about the benefits of the extra video ram.
    Actually I must completely disagree with you. Mac Pro MAYBE, but the MBPs are much more powerful than the iMacs.

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    15" macbook pro 2.2 or 2.4??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Title27GT View Post
    Actually I must completely disagree with you. Mac Pro MAYBE, but the MBPs are much more powerful than the iMacs.
    Sorry I should have been more clear. I meant the MacPro. I think the iMacs are large unportable laptops in a way because they have no upgradeability.

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    15" macbook pro 2.2 or 2.4??

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    Macbook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.2ghz 2gb DDR2 8600gt w/ 128mb vram
    http://www.barefeats.com/rosa03.html

    2.4ghz with the 256mb of vram only performs on average 5% better in 3d applications. Not worth the $500 bills.

    I got the 2.2ghz all because of the benchmarks.

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    15" macbook pro 2.2 or 2.4??

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    mmm interesting...
    sounds like most people think that the extra $$ wouldn't be worth it. does anyone know wat apps would benefit from the extra 128 ram?does anyone have final cut and can vouch that it runs fine with 128mb? say if u have final cut, motion, compressor running at the same?
    cheers
    carey

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    15" macbook pro 2.2 or 2.4??

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowrider View Post
    Sorry I should have been more clear. I meant the MacPro. I think the iMacs are large unportable laptops in a way because they have no upgradeability.
    I agree.
    Apple defenitely is planning an iMac upgrade soon. It's common sense. It's unlike Apple to have their main consumer desktop line SO far behind their Laptop line. At this point, even the MacBooks have caught up with the iMacs.

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    15" macbook pro 2.2 or 2.4??
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    If you're going to be using the entire Final Cut Pro 2 Suite then I would go for the better video card. Motion ,for example, is a very graphics heavy program and would benefit from the added VRAM. I plan on using my MBP for the same applications and am going for the 2.4 model.

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    15" macbook pro 2.2 or 2.4??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Title27GT View Post
    I agree.
    Apple defenitely is planning an iMac upgrade soon. It's common sense. It's unlike Apple to have their main consumer desktop line SO far behind their Laptop line. At this point, even the MacBooks have caught up with the iMacs.
    Except they have no dedicated graphics card... and much smaller screens, even using the smallest (17") one as a guide. The MacBooks are perfectly fine machine, but the iMacs are simply a trade-off- do you want portability or power/screen real estate?
    Sitting, waiting, wishing...

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    15" macbook pro 2.2 or 2.4??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandwichman View Post
    Except they have no dedicated graphics card... and much smaller screens, even using the smallest (17") one as a guide. The MacBooks are perfectly fine machine, but the iMacs are simply a trade-off- do you want portability or power/screen real estate?
    I think the MacBook is a perfectly powerful machine. Keep in mind that most mac users are not gamers and graphics really doesn't matter to them. In that respect, the screen size is perfect, because with it sitting directly in your lap it looks more like a 15-inch screen.

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