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    2.8 dual core or 2.2 quad core i7

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    Hello gents, I just have a quick question to throw your way that I have been pondering for some time now. I am in the market for a new MacBook pro to use as my main audio computer. I currently run logic pro but I have been contemplating taking a look at PT10 or cubase. That's beyond the point though. My question is, what will be the performance difference between the 2.8ghz dual core i7 and the 2.2 quad core i7 as far as performance. Now I obviously know that with multi threading and what not, the i7 is way faster, but with the money I save, I will be upgrading to 8 or 16gb ram and a SSD. So scratch that last question, my REAL question is.. 2.8ghz dual core with 8gb memory and 128gb SSD to run my os and apps (I have an external drive for audio), or 2.2ghz quad core with 4gb ram and either a 5400 or 7200 rpm HDD.

    Thanks guys!
    Drew

    P.s. currently I am running a Mac book with 2.16ghz core 2 duo, 2gb ram and 5400rpm internal HDD... Obviously I hit some pretty severe bottle necks

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    Hi there,
    I can't directly answer your question, but i did recently change from a 2.2 core2duo dell to a 2.3 i5 dual core MBP.
    The different is very very noticeably, but to be honest, the biggest different I noticed was from dropping an SSD in.

    Not much of an answer, but whichever path you choose I would certainly go for SSD with it.
    Even putting an SSD in the dell towards the end of its life made it so much more usable.


    Hope that's some help.
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    There's not going to be a big difference between the dual core to your current one. The quad core could make things a little easier for the computer, but i doubt you'll notice that at the low clock speed either. I'd just get yourself the better drive and extra RAM. That's where you'll notice the biggest improvement.
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    I agree about the better hard drive, but are you sure about not seeing a big difference between processors, somegeezer?

    My 2.3ghz i5 mbp just about beats my core2quad q9550.
    Surely any i7 chip is going to kill any core2duo chip, right?
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    Anyone else care to chip in?? Haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steenamaroo View Post
    I agree about the better hard drive, but are you sure about not seeing a big difference between processors, somegeezer?

    My 2.3ghz i5 mbp just about beats my core2quad q9550.
    Surely any i7 chip is going to kill any core2duo chip, right?
    There will be a difference. Just not one that is going to make a "wow" kinda difference. and the CPUs were both i7s. Core 2s are about 2 generations back? Maybe 3 by this point. Even then, Intel are so far ahead of AMD, that they have actually been upgrading very little. Just enough to stay in front of AMD. So each new generation isn't a massive difference on the last one. My first gen i5 could compete with current i5s easily.

    But RAM is always a go to upgrade for a good amount of speed boost. Faster RAM, as well as more of it. and an SSD is going to be a whole lot noticeably faster than even the 7200/10 000RPM spinning drives. Though they are very expensive comapared. So going for the lesser i7 and the RAM and hard drive instead, is going to give a better performance boost.

    If it were me, I'd save my pennies just a little longer and get all 3 though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by somegeezer View Post
    the CPUs were both i7s. Core 2s are about 2 generations back? Maybe 3 by this point.
    The Ops current cpu is a core2duo 2.16


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    So going for the lesser i7 and the RAM and hard drive instead, is going to give a better performance boost.
    I'd agree with that.
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    To which I said, there wouldn't be much of a difference between the new dual core and his current dual core. The biggest difference will be in the quad core. =] Even then, not enough to take that over the RAM and drive.
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    So lets say I am able to get the ram and ssd upgrade for either computer. Is the 2.2 quad worth the $300 upgrade from the 2.8 dual? I mean I wil also be getting a bigger screen and better graphics card, but that is irrelevant to me

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    If you can afford it comfortably, go for it, but I don't think it's going to show a huge difference.

    My i5 @ 2.3 doesn't limit me at all, but I don't use more than about twenty tracks and 2/3 vst instruments.
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