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macbook pro: intel core duo or i5/i7?

Posted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 8:41 am
by swishniak
this is a spin off thread from the other mbp query. . im thinking of getting a new macbook pro as backup, and since mine seems to be slowly dying after almost 3 years.

it looks like the i5/i7 processors are adding about 700 eu onto the price tags. im wondering what the differences are.

i know its possible to add more RAM, but it seems like many audio programs arent event utilizing these big RAM capabilities.

are there any other benefits or prospects that im missing out on that would justify this price difference? thanks.

Re: macbook pro: intel core duo or i5/i7?

Posted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:11 am
by raw
I think it's not justify, 700 is too much for the difference.. I have an i5, very good.. I don't test the i7 but you can find some bench on the net.

Re: macbook pro: intel core duo or i5/i7?

Posted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:29 am
by necho
Go for the i5.

I did a lot of research on this and I think the consensus is that the i7 is not worth the price difference. The performance increase is relatively small.

The i5 is more than sufficient!

Re: macbook pro: intel core duo or i5/i7?

Posted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:34 am
by leedsquietman
or wait until the i7 becomes quadcore which will make a major difference. There are no dates on this, but it will surely happen sooner rather than later.

Re: macbook pro: intel core duo or i5/i7?

Posted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 4:00 pm
by swishniak
necho wrote:Go for the i5.

I did a lot of research on this and I think the consensus is that the i7 is not worth the price difference. The performance increase is relatively small.

The i5 is more than sufficient!
thanks but i was trying to decide between the old "core duo" (max 4 gb ram) and the new i5/i7s. this is the 700 difference. do you think its worth it?

Re: macbook pro: intel core duo or i5/i7?

Posted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 4:04 pm
by davepermen
core duo? not core 2 duo? what clockspeed does it have?

Re: macbook pro: intel core duo or i5/i7?

Posted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 6:13 pm
by carpekd
leedsquietman wrote:or wait until the i7 becomes quadcore which will make a major difference. There are no dates on this, but it will surely happen sooner rather than later.
Isn't the i7 already a quad core?

Re: macbook pro: intel core duo or i5/i7?

Posted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 6:24 pm
by davepermen
carpekd wrote:
leedsquietman wrote:or wait until the i7 becomes quadcore which will make a major difference. There are no dates on this, but it will surely happen sooner rather than later.
Isn't the i7 already a quad core?
not in the macbooks. there are some mobile systems with i7 quadcores, but most are dualcores. only on the desktop, i7 == quadcore. then again, on the desktop, there are even i5 quadcores (the older i5), etc.. it's a mess.

but if you buy apple, you right now get dualcore all the way on the macbooks.

Re: macbook pro: intel core duo or i5/i7?

Posted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 6:28 pm
by Tarekith
The i7/i5 is still a pretty big jump from a core duo though, I saw a 100% increase from my 2.13gHz C2d MBP when I got my i7. I still think we're a long way away from True quad core in a MBP, unless maybe we're talking the 17".