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murraymj1 Nov 15, 2006 11:23 AM
MBP C2D: 2.16GHz/3GB vs. 2.33GHz/2GB Advice
I'm upgrading from a 1GHz/1gb TiBook to a MBP C2D. My budget gives me room to do the 2.16 base and add 2gb of OWC RAM (total 3gb) or, for about the same price, go with the 2.33 base with 2gb total. I do mostly photoshop & indesign work now and will move into Aperture with this purchase. I also expect I'll be doing more final cut video work.

My intuition is that more RAM trumps the slight advantage in clock speed for these apps (especially coming from 1GHz) but I thought I'd check it out with some experts. Any predictions on the performance differences that might exist between the two choices. Thanks.
 
iREZ Nov 15, 2006 12:33 PM
id go with the 2.33 and upgrade the ram to 3gigs down the line when you can afford it, but thats just my opinion.

wait...scratch that, i just read the rest of you post. if youre working in CS apps heavily right now, youre going to want the most ammount of RAM possible (rosetta apps are RAM famished). i personally would still go with the 2.33 but if you want the fastest setup for now and not the future...more RAM would do you better.
 
phazedowt Nov 15, 2006 12:45 PM
yeah, its really a matter of now vs. the future. The CPU you get, you're stuck with until you buy a new laptop. On the other hand, 2GB SO-DIMMs, which are currently "bleeding edge" will come down in price at some point in the near-future.
 
TailsToo Nov 15, 2006 04:42 PM
RAM prices will always come down, but you can never upgrade the processor!
 
PEHowland Nov 21, 2006 06:17 AM
I also suspect that 2GB will be plenty of memory for Photoshop anyway. As others have said, memory is easily upgraded in the future. It's impossible to upgrade the CPU.
 
macboy Nov 21, 2006 07:21 AM
I suggest you get the 2.33 too. For any video work that will definitely come handy. Also as everyone else suggested the ram can upgraded anytime later when you feel you need more, but 2GB should already be very quick.

My father just bought a 2.16 MBP with 2GB ram and he primarily uses Indesign and most of his applications rely on Rosetta. He upgraded from a 17" PB 1Ghz and finds the upgrade very very productive.
 
SierraDragon Nov 21, 2006 09:18 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by murraymj1 (Post 3206873)
...I do mostly photoshop & indesign work now and will move into Aperture with this purchase. I also expect I'll be doing more final cut video work.

My intuition is that more RAM trumps the slight advantage in clock speed for these apps...
You are totally correct that more RAM trumps the 8% clock speed improvement (by a lot). But other posters are also correct that the RAM is upgradable whereas the CPU is not; and, the double VRAM is additional value with the 2.33 box.

To be honest you need both for those apps, especially Aperture. The 2.16 GHz costs $2749 with 3 GB while the 2.33 with 3 GB RAM and twice the video RAM costs $3074. Try to find a way to get the extra $325 now rather than throwing away 1 GB RAM when you realize you do need 3 GB.

And the extra video RAM will matter if you attach a second monitor. Most graphics pros, including me, consider a second monitor quite essential.

-Allen Wicks
 
murraymj1 Nov 22, 2006 12:16 AM
Heading to the Apple Store
Ok...I have once again been convinced that the answer to most either/or questions in life is "both" :-)

Thanks to responders. I, along with the family, have agreed to a menu of Mac & Cheese (no pun indended) to reach for the 2.33 w/3GB. The deciding factors were: 1) Clock speed is forever. 2) the extra VRAM (if I ever really fulfill that fantasy of dual monitors). 3) What's $375 when I'm going broke already !!! :-)

So it's off to the Apple Store page and the to set a bookmark on the FedEx tracking page. Fun, fun, fun...thanks again.
 
Mrjinglesusa Nov 22, 2006 12:02 PM
Congrats! There is nothing more exciting than awaiting delivery of a newly purchased Mac. :)
 
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