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Tuesday, June 12, 2007
 
3D Gaming Shootout: MacBook Pro 2.2GHz versus 2.4GHz
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Barefeats has released a new performance comparison test, this time examining two versions of the 15" MacBook Pro "Santa Rosa" model. The test compares the 2.2GHz model with 128MB of GDDR3 video SDRAM to the the 2.4GHz model with 256MB of GDDR3 video SDRAM. The final result revealed a 9% speed advantage for the 2.4GHz model.

The MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (256MB GDDR3 video SDRAM) was at most 9% faster than the 2.2GHz MacBook Pro (128MB GDDR3 video SDRAM). If we average all the results, it was 5% faster. Suspiciously, that 9% maximum gap corresponds to the 9% difference between the 2.2GHz and 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo CPU clock speeds. At least for graphics intensive apps like 3D accelerated games, it can be argued that the extra video memory doesn't buy you anything.

As for price difference, it's more accurate to say $425 instead of $500 if you configure both the 2.2 and 2.4GHz 15" MacBook Pro identically (with the same 160GB 5400rpm drive). So you have to ask yourself, is the 9% maximum performance advantage worth 20% more money? And how much is that 9% advantage worth in terms of your time savings over the life of the machine? And which of the two models will bring the most money when you sell it on eBay before you buy the next new ultrathin, screamer?
For more details on the test head over to the site below.

Barefeats: Santa Rosa Shootout


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