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2011 Macbook Pro; 13" v. 15"

 
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Sep 06, 2011 22:19 |  #16

It'll be fast enough that you probably won't get frustrated.

If you want numbers, the 2.7 i7 dual (13") will be 17 to 35% faster than the 2.0 quad (15") in single-threaded tasks, and about 50% slower in multi-threaded tasks. But by itself it's already something like 20% faster than an equally clocked Core 2 Duo, not accounting for Turbo Boost, which is another 26% boost in computing speed.




  
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Sep 06, 2011 23:14 |  #17

What is this turbo boost and thunderbolt stuff everyone is talking about nowadays, too?
Thanks! So theoretically, the core duo i7 is about 20% faster than the core2duo in my current macbook?




  
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Sep 06, 2011 23:31 as a reply to  @ Lee's post |  #18

Turbo boost is Intel now supporting over clocking of a core if it is thermally feasible. Instead of running multiple cores a little slower if it is more optimal it speeds up a single core which makes single threaded apps run faster and save a bit of electricity.

Thunderbolt is a new interface that supports 10 Gbps traffic to peripherals. It is nice for HDDs when they finally support it and the fancy pants monitor Apple is now selling.

Personally, I have the 15 inch MBP with the high res screen and you would have to pry it from my cold dead hands. It is an incredible machine if you need portability which I do.


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Sep 06, 2011 23:41 |  #19

Has anyone ever ordered their MBP off of Amazon?
http://www.amazon.com …TF8&qid=1315370​252&sr=1-2 (external link)
I noticed it is cheaper than from the Apple store ($1,709 vs. $1800)???




  
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Sep 06, 2011 23:46 |  #20

Lee wrote in post #13062174 (external link)
So theoretically, the core duo i7 is about 20% faster than the core2duo in my current macbook?

If your Macbook had a 2.7 GHz Core 2, then the 2.7 i7 would be about 20% faster.

Macbooks only came with 2.0 and 2.2 GHz processors, so you gain 20-30% in speed just from upgrading to 2.7, plus another 20% or something (don't quote me on it) because of new architecture, plus a maximum of 26% additional performance due to Turbo Boost (3.4 GHz max single-core overclock on the 2.7 i7).




  
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Sep 06, 2011 23:49 as a reply to  @ toxic's post |  #21

I love my 13" for portability and then just plug it into my 24" Dell that I picked up for $150. Works well for me. But, I'm a nursing student so i'm usually lugging a ton of books with my mbp so any weight savings is huge for me.

Given the option though the i5 and i7 will be great for you.




  
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Sep 08, 2011 11:44 |  #22

I just got my 15" MBP. Loving it. Thanks for the advice, everyone.




  
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Sep 08, 2011 21:35 |  #23

I think my MBP 15" is great, but often I wish I would have bought a cheap laptop and and imac for a little more power when I'm at home.


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Sep 08, 2011 22:04 |  #24

Apollo.11 wrote in post #13073283 (external link)
I think my MBP 15" is great, but often I wish I would have bought a cheap laptop and and imac for a little more power when I'm at home.

I did that before. I bought an iMac last winter to use as my main machine. I used my underpowered 2006 MBP on the road. Worked great, even still works amazing. BUT I realized that since my MBP was so underpowered in comparison to the iMac, I would wait to work on photos until I got home. Instead of getting work done on a commute, flight, or coffee break, I would just prolong my work load.

Since I got my new MBP a couple of weeks ago, I've been getting everything done quicker. On my train commutes, flights, just any downtime in general.


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Sep 08, 2011 22:07 |  #25

Yes, can't say I disagree with you. So OP, get a MBP and imac


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