123Macmini.com
FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   GalleryPhoto Gallery   RegisterRegister   ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Apple Updates MacBook Pro Line
Goto page Previous  1, 2
 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    123Macmini.com - Forums Forum Index -> 123Macmini.com News and Reviews
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
macmanmacman
Veteran Member
Veteran Member


Joined: 25 Oct 2007
Posts: 1786

PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You would think in this bad economy that 1800 is a lot.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
ESUNintel
Senior Member
Senior Member


Joined: 18 May 2008
Posts: 490
Location: Colorado

PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve Jobs does have a justification for the lack of processor power in the new 13" MBP.

Quote:
We chose killer graphics plus 10 hour battery life over a very small CPU speed increase. Users will see far more performance boost from the speedy graphics.


Here's the article:
http://www.macrumors.com/2010/04/13/steve-jobs-on-13-inch-macbook-pros-use-of-intel-core-2-duo-processors/

I for one, got my 13" MB Pro about 4 months ago, and don't see a need to upgrade to this "new" 13" version; so that means my laptop won't be going on Ebay. Since the iPad (whenever I get it - should've ordered the WiFi version) will now be my "portable computer" I would've been ok sacrificing battery life for a Core i7 and improved graphics.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
MacDSmith2
Veteran Member
Veteran Member


Joined: 17 Aug 2009
Posts: 779
Location: Phoenix

PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The wattage might be an issue in the 13" Macbook, same for the Mac Mini as far as putting an i5 or i7 in that package. The Integrated HD Graphics is built-in to the i5 and i7 processors. Still no word on how it compares to the external GPU's. I guess Apple can't get the i5 or i7 without it so you get two video processors.
_________________
Retired: Altair 8800, PET, TI 99/4A, Apple II
Mac Plus, Mac II, Mac SE/30, Quadra,
20th Anniversary Mac, iMac Purple, G4 Blue & White, iBook Clamshell
Active: Mac Mini (OCT 09) 4 GB RAM, 2.66 GHz, 500 GB HDD
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Lori Dixon
Junior Member
Junior Member


Joined: 01 May 2009
Posts: 42
Location: CA

PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ma5ter5 wrote:
I'll be interested to see what this does to the refurb prices. Currently:

2.26ghz, 2ram, 160gb $999
2.53ghz, 4ram, 250gb $1299

Once the new models hit refurb, im thinking:

2.26 $799?
2.53 $1099?
2.4ghz, 4ram, 250gb $999

I speculate because I'm debating getting a refurb since the updates to the 13" were lackluster.

I wouldn't mind seeing the refurb prices drop that low, but I don't think it will happen. They generally stay pretty stable. Heck, even the white MacBooks are above that lower level now.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
ma5ter5
Member
Member


Joined: 08 Jun 2009
Posts: 59
Location: Madison, NJ

PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lori Dixon wrote:
ma5ter5 wrote:
I'll be interested to see what this does to the refurb prices. Currently:

2.26ghz, 2ram, 160gb $999
2.53ghz, 4ram, 250gb $1299

Once the new models hit refurb, im thinking:

2.26 $799?
2.53 $1099?
2.4ghz, 4ram, 250gb $999

I speculate because I'm debating getting a refurb since the updates to the 13" were lackluster.

I wouldn't mind seeing the refurb prices drop that low, but I don't think it will happen. They generally stay pretty stable. Heck, even the white MacBooks are above that lower level now.


i figured that the entry level 13" MBP is sold for $200 off retail. That will put the 2.4, 4ram, 250hdd at $999. The old top end was basically the same specs with exception of the processor. So they will price that a bit higher than the current low end ($1099 range?). But the 2.26, which is inferior in every category (and if the logic of the pricing of minis hold true), the 2.26 would have to be at least $180 less than the 2.4. I figure a solid $819-$849 range. But that's only my optimistic logic.

I have a bad feeling the 2.26 will be $899, because they know they will sell regardless.
_________________
13" MBP 2.4GHz, 4GB, 250GB
mac mini 1.83 c2d 4gb crucial ram 500gb wd scorpio blue
Time Capsule 500gb
iPod Touch 2nd gen 32gb (dead, stupid washing machine incident)
iPod nano 1st gen 4gb
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
aquaman
Veteran Member
Veteran Member


Joined: 18 Apr 2005
Posts: 822

PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MacDSmith2 wrote:
The wattage might be an issue in the 13" Macbook, same for the Mac Mini as far as putting an i5 or i7 in that package. The Integrated HD Graphics is built-in to the i5 and i7 processors. Still no word on how it compares to the external GPU's. I guess Apple can't get the i5 or i7 without it so you get two video processors.

How would the Core i3 processor have fit into the mix? I think it still comes with the integrated Intel HD Graphics, but performs slightly better than the Core 2 Duo.

I was interested in possibly buying the new entry-level 15" model, but the $100 dollar price increase and anti-glare HD screen option for $150 have me thinking otherwise. Apple being a little stingy with the hard drive at 320GB isn't helping either. I might just run my current MacBook Pro into the ground now, even though my wife was hoping to get the hand-me-down. Congrats to all that buy one though! I'm sure they are awesome systems.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
g5g5
Veteran Member
Veteran Member


Joined: 25 Jan 2005
Posts: 2765
Location: Virginia

PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ESUNintel wrote:
Since the iPad (whenever I get it - should've ordered the WiFi version) will now be my "portable computer" I would've been ok sacrificing battery life for a Core i7 and improved graphics.

I really have the same mindset at this point. I'm going to buy an iPad here shortly to replace my Asus netbook. I don't feel like lugging around a big laptop any more. All I really need is a browser, email and word processor on the road. Plus, I've been forced to use a Dell Latitude at work. Sad

If I were to buy one of the new MacBook Pros, it would be the entry-level 15" model. I think that model represents the sweet spot in the product line. Apple really crapped on the 13" models this time around.
_________________
1.25GHz Mac Mini / 1.8GHz iMac G5 / 2.0GHz C2D Mac mini (2009)
4GB iPod mini / 2G iPod shuffle / 16GB iPhone 3G
Apple TV 2
iLife's a Bitch!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Chris..S
Veteran Member
Veteran Member


Joined: 25 Feb 2007
Posts: 704

PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

g5g5 wrote:
If I were to buy one of the new MacBook Pros, it would be the entry-level 15" model. I think that model represents the sweet spot in the product line. Apple really crapped on the 13" models this time around.


+1

I'm curious as to 256MB video ram vs 512MB video ram. Most discrete PC cards are 512MB or 1GB. Will 512MB in the MBP be a big improvement over 256?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
ESUNintel
Senior Member
Senior Member


Joined: 18 May 2008
Posts: 490
Location: Colorado

PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chris..S wrote:
I'm curious as to 256MB video ram vs 512MB video ram. Most discrete PC cards are 512MB or 1GB. Will 512MB in the MBP be a big improvement over 256?


It may depend on what you do with your system, are you running graphic intense applications (like games, maybe developing for Flash, using Poser...)? I would think the average user won't really tell much of a difference, but power users might. The better the GPU, the less stress on the CPU. Most people would benefit by having a 2GHz+ CPU and more RAM, as opposed to Alienware-like graphics (which probably don't feel as good as in a MB Pro since Windows likely uses the GPU more than the applications running).

As far as the new graphics in the MB Pro, benchmarks seem to show a huge improvement - Apple also included automatic graphic switching, which is breakthrough, that means the computer can switch to dedicated Nvidia Graphics on the fly as needed - where with many PC's - you need to flip the switch to turn graphics on/off and restart.

By better than 256, are you comparing the GT 330M in the 15"/17" MB Pro's to the 320M in the 13"? The 320M will handle PureVideoHD and decode video - it was exclusively designed for Apple, based on the GT216 and features 48 shader cores. Apple claims the GT 330M is twice as fast as the 320M; however, the 320M is currently the fastest integrated graphics processor in the market.

...so anyways, to briefly answer the question, yes, it's a major improvement compared to the 256 integrated graphics in the new MB Pro, and the last-gen 256MB MB Pro's.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Chris..S
Veteran Member
Veteran Member


Joined: 25 Feb 2007
Posts: 704

PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply.

ESUNintel wrote:
Chris..S wrote:
I'm curious as to 256MB video ram vs 512MB video ram. Most discrete PC cards are 512MB or 1GB. Will 512MB in the MBP be a big improvement over 256?


<snip>

As far as the new graphics in the MB Pro, benchmarks seem to show a huge improvement - Apple also included automatic graphic switching, which is breakthrough, that means the computer can switch to dedicated Nvidia Graphics on the fly as needed - where with many PC's - you need to flip the switch to turn graphics on/off and restart.


This is good, but its available for all 3xx graphics (nvidia switching system rather than apple system).

ESUNintel wrote:
By better than 256, are you comparing the GT 330M in the 15"/17" MB Pro's to the 320M in the 13"? The 320M will handle PureVideoHD and decode video - it was exclusively designed for Apple, based on the GT216 and features 48 shader cores. Apple claims the GT 330M is twice as fast as the 320M; however, the 320M is currently the fastest integrated graphics processor in the market.


No. i5 15" MBP have 256MB. i7 is only one with 512MB. Personally I don't consider the processor upgrade worth the extra money. But I'm wondering whether that extra 256MB for the GT330M will be worthwhile.

I also don't understand how these are "integrated". Mobile core processors all include an integrated intel graphics core in the chip. Surely that makes any extra nvidia graphics, discrete. BLAH - I do understand, 13" is C2D, so of course can have discrete. Embarassed
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
ma5ter5
Member
Member


Joined: 08 Jun 2009
Posts: 59
Location: Madison, NJ

PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lori Dixon wrote:
ma5ter5 wrote:
I'll be interested to see what this does to the refurb prices. Currently:

2.26ghz, 2ram, 160gb $999
2.53ghz, 4ram, 250gb $1299

Once the new models hit refurb, im thinking:

2.26 $799?
2.53 $1099?
2.4ghz, 4ram, 250gb $999

I speculate because I'm debating getting a refurb since the updates to the 13" were lackluster.

I wouldn't mind seeing the refurb prices drop that low, but I don't think it will happen. They generally stay pretty stable. Heck, even the white MacBooks are above that lower level now.


Well, the refurbs listed today:

2.26 $929 ("Save $270")
2.53 $1189 ("Save $310")

I guess people will buy them at this price, but they sure won't go quick. I just don't get how they can sell the refurb 2.53 at the same price as the new 2.4...
_________________
13" MBP 2.4GHz, 4GB, 250GB
mac mini 1.83 c2d 4gb crucial ram 500gb wd scorpio blue
Time Capsule 500gb
iPod Touch 2nd gen 32gb (dead, stupid washing machine incident)
iPod nano 1st gen 4gb
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    123Macmini.com - Forums Forum Index -> 123Macmini.com News and Reviews All times are GMT - 5 Hours
Goto page Previous  1, 2
Page 2 of 2

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum



      

Shop:  Apple Store  |  Refurbished Macs  |  Refurbished iPads  |  MacConnection  |  Mac Mini Vault  |  Other World Computing

MK 1 Studio Mac mini Racks  |  Crucial Mac Memory  |  Top Free Mac Apps  |  Top Paid Mac Apps



123Macmini.com is an independent publication and has not been authorized, sponsored, or approved by Apple Computer, Inc.
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owners.
Copyright © 2011 123Macmini.com. All Rights Reserved.