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Old Sep 25th, 2011, 02:25 AM   #1
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15" Macbook Pro - 2.66 dual core or 2.0 quad core i7?

Hey guys,

I'm looking at the two refurb'd 15" Macbook Pros for $1599 on Apple.ca

Which would be the better performer for 3D software, the 2.66 dual core with the 512MB video, or the 2.0 quad core with 256MB video?


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Old Sep 25th, 2011, 02:48 AM   #2
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Hey guys,

I'm looking at the two refurb'd 15" Macbook Pros for $1599 on Apple.ca

Which would be the better performer for 3D software, the 2.66 dual core with the 512MB video, or the 2.0 quad core with 256MB video?


Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.0GHz quad-core Intel i7 - Apple Store (Canada)

Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 - Apple Store (Canada)
Not sure if geekbench is a good measure of 3D performance but the scores have to be worth something right?
MacBook Pro Benchmarks (Early 2011)

The slowest 2011 mbp is about the same as the fastest 2010 mbp according to that benchmark. This was just a quick google search I just did now, there might be other benchmarks that give more info about 3D performance.
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Old Sep 25th, 2011, 03:51 AM   #3
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I wonder if the performance would be noticeably reduced with the high-res screen....
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I wonder if the performance would be noticeably reduced with the high-res screen....
huh?!?!
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what he says makes a bit of sense. assuming the same gpu you would, in theory, notice slightly less GPU performance pushing a display with more pixels
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what he says makes a bit of sense. assuming the same gpu you would, in theory, notice slightly less GPU performance pushing a display with more pixels
Exactly.

Anyway, I solved my dilemma by deciding to purchase the upgraded model with the 1GB 6750 card instead.
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Old Sep 25th, 2011, 06:52 PM   #7
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Good choice, I just placed my order for the quad-core with the 1GB 6750. Its amazing that my new laptop will outperform my older upgraded mac pro 1,1 in so many ways.

have fun with the new computer....
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Old Sep 25th, 2011, 07:47 PM   #8
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Thanks, just got home with it now... I had the 2.0 already ordered, but cancelled when I realized I could get this one for only $47 more... other than some scratches on the bottom it's in mint condition and I know I'm going to be very happy with the performance.

Now I just have to get used to Lion.... arghh..... reverse scrolling, wth?!?! lol........
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Now I just have to get used to Lion.... arghh..... reverse scrolling, wth?!?! lol........
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System Prefs>Trackpad>Scroll & Zoom: uncheck scroll direction natural makes everything right again.
Thank you, I could not get used to it.

Gotta love how they call that movement 'natural'.... pffft.
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