MacBook Air :: SSD Versus SSD Mbp

Oct 22, 2010

is the MBA faster in boot up and instant on from sleep than a MBP with an SSD?

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PowerPC :: Older G5 Versus IMac Versus MacBook Pro For Work

Oct 25, 2007

So I have a 1.8ghz dual G5 with 3gb of ram for work. I mainly work in Adobe CS and do a far amount of Photoshop work. At any given time I may have all of Adobe CS plus Office and a few other apps running -- and a gazillion fonts. Went to the store and saw the new 24" iMac. How would a new iMac compare to my late '04 1.8DP G5? On that same note, how would a new MacBook Pro compare to the above?

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Hardware :: Dell 2407WFP A04 Versus Dell G2410 Versus Dell 2209WA Versus Samsung F2380

Nov 2, 2009

I'm looking for a new monitor to go with my MBP, and I'm stuck trying to choose between the ones listed above.

The 2407WFP is a couple of years old now I guess, but it's the rev A04 version, which supposedly fixed the (few) problems with what was otherwise meant to be a great screen. It's an sPVA screen.

I've heard good reviews of the G2410, with its LED backlighting. It's still a TN panel and I hear so much bad stuff about them.

The 2209WA is an eIPS panel which I like the sound of, but it's smaller and lower resolution.

The F2380 is a cPVA panel, the image quality looks better but I've heard bad things about blacks on this panel.

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Hardware :: Marware Versus ISkin Versus Moshi Keyboard Covers

Jan 5, 2011

I'm pretty satisfied with the Marware cover, although it can be a little frustrating when typing quickly..I'm wondering if I should go back, return the Marware cover and pick up the iSkin.

So, for those of you that have any of these in comparing..which do you think is the best?

And yes, I did search and am aware threads like this exist..but I couldn't find any comparing all three, only iSkin vs. Moshi.

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Hardware :: Eyetv 250 Versus TVMax Versus Blackmagic Video Recorder?

Apr 30, 2008

I'm trying to decide which product to buy and I was hoping for some advice.

First and foremost I want a device so that I may transfer my VHS tapes to DVD.

Live TV recording is secondary but for the price, I'd like to find the device that suits me best so I can continue to use it after i've transferred all my VHS.

Here are my concerns:

1) I'm going to be moving from the US to Ireland in a couple of months (not sure for how long, could be years+) Obviously there's the whole NTSC vs. PAL, ATSC vs. DVB.

I know with EyeTV 250 it's either or, any ideas if buying some sort of converter is an option (prices, quality)? If I bought just a PAL one, would I still be able to convert VHS or would it be completely unusable in the US?

2) I'd like some sort of HD/Digital abilities. From what I can tell TVMax is analog only and Blackmagic may also be but I can't find more specs on that.

Does this mean they'll be useless once the US undergoes the conversion?

So as of now I'm leaning towards EyeTV 250 but the question are there any forseeable problems with using a PAL to NTSC converter or using a PAL EyeTV in the US just to convert VHS.

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Hardware :: Dell G2410 Versus Samsung F2380 Versus Other...

Oct 25, 2009

I am planning on purchasing a new display for use (currently) with my imac. I am completely torn between these two models, and cannot make a decision. Any thoughts? I like the Dell because it is LED backlit, thus good blacks and little to no backlight bleed. But I like the Samsung because of the (supposedly better panel and (supposedly) better color reproduction. I like the simplistic look of both of them (though they could look a little better ) so I'm not sure which one to buy.

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Mac Pro :: 6GB Versus 8GB Triple Versus Dual Channels/PS4 Tests

Jun 30, 2009

I ran some tests on my 2009 Quad Nehalem to try and determine what was up with the triple Vs dual memory "brouhaha".

I posted the results as a new thread because I think it will be useful information for a lot of quad owners, but it was originally going to be a reply to this thread:

Here we go. Tesselator suggested 3 tests that could show the differences in speed between triple and dual channel bandwidth.


As one idea I would maybe try creating a few very large images (16-bit, blank white, blank black, gradient fill) and then duplicating and deleting that layer repeatedly a few hundred times.

So I did them, 10 times each. I could have gone on, but the results were very very stable after the first 2 attempts.

Set-up: a 40Mpx, 16bit image (8000*5000). First test it was simply filled white; second test: black; and third test a black to white gradient. I added a fourth test, using a real (photo) 12Mpx RAW image from my Nikon D300.

I created (took a while!) an action with 350 repetitions of "duplicate layer" and "delete layer", followed by a red fill to let me know the action was done. The same action was used in all four tests.

The computer was restarted before each of the four tests, which may explain the irregularities on the first 1-2 attempts. Nothing else but PS4 was launched.

The results are interesting:

We can clearly see that the simple white and black fills show a speed difference of around 10%.

We can also clearly see that this difference disappears when a more complex image is used. The use of more complex images represents a much more realistical use of PS.

To make things even more realistic, I also tested RetouchActions's speed test on my own 12Mpx image. I use nearly all of the operations of that action on a daily basis, so it's a lot more representative of the work I do on PS.

Here are the results:

The results are clear: 11% increase in performance using 8GB of ram (Vs 6GB) when working on a 12Mpx image.

Added info: number of page-outs after running the 10 test series (after about 45 minutes of intense PS work):
-17K when using 6GB (1.7K page-out avg).
-10K when using 8GB (1K page-out avg).

For me the results are definitive: unless I plan on working only with full black or full white images (not even black and white!), having 8GB is better, even when working on smallish 12Mpx files. I imagine the differences would have been even greater using bigger file sizes of actual complex images.

What would now be interesting: someone with a 2009MP Octo doing the same tests at 12GB and 16GB.

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IMac :: 24 2.66 Versus 2.93 / Gt130 Versus 4850

Aug 17, 2009

Two short questions on which I really need an answer. This academic year, I'll be writing a lot of papers, but most specifically, I am forced to use SPSS (statistical software package for social sciences).

Will I really need the 2.93 over the 2.66 and notice the improvement?

Same goes for the gfx. I like full-hd 1080, I'll be in InDesign, and use Logic Pro. Will I need "slash" notice the 4850 over the gt130?

Also, are the "hang-ups" with the 4850 truly fixed and does it indeed run a lot hotter (inc. really that more noise) than the gt130?

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PowerPC :: EMac 1.42ghz Versus Powermac G5 Dual 2.0ghz Versus G5 Dual 1.8ghz?

Nov 24, 2009

I like eMacs but the G5 looks sooo nice. I know I probably won't be able to use any for very long but whatever. What is the best?

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Applications :: Office:Mac Versus Office - Windows And Camino Versus Firefox

Feb 14, 2009

I've heard Office:Mac isn't that great, and doesn't make up for what iWork 09 is missing. So I'm wondering what people think about it and why does it get such a bland reputation? Also, do people use a combination of the above? Such as iWork and Office:Windows? Both Offices? I do mainly word processing, some soft Excel work (no hardcore giant spreadsheets...yet), and general PowerPoints for presentations. I have access to cheap iWork/Offices (school discount) and a family pack of the top-level edition of Office:PC (family) so it isn't a big deal to get any of the above.

Lastly, what's the difference between Camino and Firefox? I use Firefox currently and love it, mainly due to the add-ons (weather at the bottom, Gmail alert, skins, page views, other customizations). Tabs seem to be on all browsers these days, so are there any other key differences?

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MacBook Pro :: Sleeve Versus Case Versus No Case Or Sleeve

Jun 25, 2010

Soon i will be getting a Mac(i think) and was wondering about a case. Since i want a Macbook Pro with the Unibody Housing i want it to be safe. Now i can't decide if i want a case or a Sleeve. Now the Case might have heat issues even with the vents that are on the case. The sleeve won't have that issue but will it be more prone to scratching the Macbook it self? Or should i go no case and just sorta deal with the scratches. There is a Price difference between the Sleeve and the Case. About $20 Cdn more for the Case.



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MacBook Air :: 1.4 GHz Versus 1.86 GHz

Nov 7, 2010

Is there a difference between a core 2 duo 1.4 GHz processor with 4GB of memory and a core 2 duo 1.86G GHz processor with 4GB of memory? Both have 128GB of flash memory.

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MacBook Pro :: Sd Versus Usb

Jun 25, 2009

I use macs, and need to run windows for manuals that are on disk.

I'm about to pull the trigger on the 13MBP and was wondering. which is going to be faster to run windows. class 6 SD, or a Usb flash drive?

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MacBook Pro :: 1.5v Versus 1.35V RAM?

Jun 23, 2012

I have an early 2011 Macbook Pro 15-inch running at 2ghz with 4gb of ram. I am looking to upgrade it various sites selling ram are offering 1.35v and 1.5v ram for the same price. I know that the lower voltage obviously uses less power and probably runs a little cooler. Does my macbook pro support low voltage ram? I think it's called DDR3L.  

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7)

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MacBook Pro :: Pre-9/7 Versus Post-9/7

Aug 27, 2010

I'm at the point that I am finally needing to upgrade from my old 15" MBP (1,1), and will be jumping to a 13" MBP base model. I know Apple is currently running the promotion with the (up to) $199 MIR with an iPod purchase, but my trusty 160GB Classic is doing a marvelous job as is, so the iPod is relatively frivolous for me at the moment.

The question is whether or not there's a perk to buying now and just selling off an iPod brand new (aka bigger MBP discount), or if they run some different promotion after the current one lapses on the 7th that I might have an interest in. I'd scour my memory to recall if they do any other fall promotions (but it rarely remembers these sales, been nearly four years since I bought my last Mac), and searching has been fruitless (or I'm just using ill-formed queries). In any case, my purchase isn't terribly time-crucial (in the short term), but I'm certainly not waiting until Nov/Dec to pick one up. Does anyone recall if Apple traditionally does some other sort of promotion after the typical "rake in all the college students and give 'em free iPods to clean house" at the start of the school season?

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PowerPC :: G4/1.67 Versus Macbook

Sep 19, 2007

For quite some time now, I've been in doubt whether to buy a new Macbook or Macbook Pro (after Leopard is released). I'd really prefer a MB Pro but my budget won't really allow that. I guess I'll have to settle for a Macbook. A black one, no white in any case. But a MB, though fast and 'cool', remains a consumer notebook. I've always had pro machines : a G3/400 pismo powerbook, quicksilver Powermac G4/800. Now, I've been looking at some second hand Powerbooks, especially the last models (1.67Ghz, dual layer sd and high res screen) are of particular interest to me. I've always wanted a machine like that, but I didn't have the money when they were released at the end of 2005/beginning 2006. Now I do. And it's hard to resist.

I know that a Powerbook G4 quite a bit slower than a Macbook, not to mention a Macbook Pro. But it's not all about processor speed, but rather the whole 'experience' of working on such a notebook. I also believe that a 1.67Ghz G4 Powerbook will be a lot faster than my Powermac G4/800.

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MacBook :: IMac Versus Mb

Feb 8, 2009

I can't choose between a low end iMac or a High end Macbook, I go between two houses

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MacBook Pro :: 9600GT 256 Versus 512?

Jul 1, 2009

work for a apple reseller and currently we have 2 new deals. I am in the need for a new computer too. So they are both the previous gen of MBP 15"

1. 2.4Ghz /4GB Ram/9600gt 256mb - $1288

2. 2.66ghz/4gb ram/ 9600gt 512mb - -$1576

Now my biggest concern is how faster is the 512 for 256? The processor will not make much of a different for what I will be doing. So is it worth the $300?

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MacBook Pro :: 15" RAM 2GB Versus 4GB

Jan 12, 2010

I have a Macbook Pro 15" unibody. I bought it as a refurb from Apple with 2GB of RAM.

How much of an improvement will I see if I upgrade to 4GB?

I am assuming that unlike Windows 32, SL can take full advantage of all 4GB of RAM.

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MacBook :: 13" RAM 2GB Versus 4GB

Jan 20, 2010

I am a new mac user and I'm looking to to buy the Macbook. I was wondering if I should shell out the extra $100 to upgrade the 2GB RAM to 4GB? I plan on running parallels and SAS (windows based statistical analysis software) somewhat regularly. Will the 4GB make much of a difference in terms of use -or is the 2GB sufficient?

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MacBook Pro :: 13 Versus 15 For Logic

Mar 7, 2010

I'm buying a Macbook Pro to complement my recording setup. I have a beefy Win7 PC and it works wonderfully, but I want to expand my horizons and add a Mac with Logic so I can get experience with both. As I mentioned, I have a desktop computer so the Mac HAS to be a laptop, so don't reccomend the iMac! If I was a rich man I'd buy a bigass Mac pro :P

So, what it burns down to is, is there a massive difference in performance with the 13 and 15 inch? I'm assuming they both use onboard audio from intel or similar. Would the 15 inch be more able to handle a multitrack recording as opposed to the 13?

I'm not too fussy on screen size, I just need to make sure that if I go the cheaper route I'm not missing out (much) on performance.

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MacBook Pro :: HP Envy 17 Versus 15

Jul 8, 2010

A lot of to anyone who can read through all of this and respond.

Macbook Pro:

Processor: 2.66 Ghz Core i7-620m
Ram: 4 GB DDR3 Edit: Will later be upgrading to 8 GB
GPU: Nvidia Geforce GT 330m 512 mb GDDR3
HD: 500 GB 5400rpm HD (will later upgrade to 1 TB, boot from install cd, and use time machine backup)
Res: 1680x1050
8x Superdrive
Price: $2263.26

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MacBook Pro :: 13" I5 Versus I7?

Jun 10, 2012

Trying to purchase a MBP and can't decide between the i5 and i7. I prefer the 13in cause I'm a college kid and I don't want to lug around a 15in. I have a 13in i5 the 2011 model, but I'm looking for a faster MBP. I use it for Adobe Photoshop and I run VMware Fusion a lot, watch movies, have a lot of audio, multi task like crazy. The '11 i5 I have is kinda slow, it doesn't have anything on it though, but I think it can't handle my multi tasking, it tends to be slow and heat up a bit. So the question is should I keep this i5 and upgrade the 4GB RAM, would that make it faster for my usage or should I invest in an i7 and upgrade the memory on it? Also, how much RAM is the max I can put on both..? Ideally, I don't want a laptop that heats up a lot, I'd compromise the speed over a hot rock laptop... 

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MacBook Pro :: Intel Ssd Versus Ocz Vertex2?

Sep 20, 2010

Ok, im posting this because im sick and tired of people on here saying "Intel is the only way to go if you want speed"

Your info is like 18 months out of date.

Here are the benchmarks for both drives in RAID 0 config. which is 2 drives and nearly double the speed. if you want a single drive its roughly half the speed shown below.

Intel 160GB x2 and OCZ Vertex 2 120GB x2

Intel = Pwned

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MacBook Air :: MBA Flash Drive Versus MBP SSD

Oct 25, 2010

I have a recent (3 month old) 13 inch MBP with the 512GB SSD. I'm considering a 13 inch MBA with the 256GB NAND flash drive. Obviously I'll have to manage with less storage space, but apart from that, what is the difference between the two drives? Will the newer one in the Air be faster, as it is an Apple custom component rather than an off the shelf part?

I think the new Air is great value, BTW. The SSD in my MBP cost a fortune (but it is really really fast). Also, before anyone says "just keep the MBP", my assistant wants one, so I'll be buying either another MBP or a MBA anyway.

So which is faster MBP with standard 512GB SSD or new MBA with standard 256GB NAND flash?

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MacBook Pro :: 330m 256mb Versus 512 Mb?

Dec 31, 2010

So I just sold my MB and am going to be upgrading to a MBP. I have been reading up on the current ones and have seen that almost everyone reccomends going with the 15" 2.44ghz vs the 2.66, as the ~$400 difference is not justified. What still sways me towards the higher end 15" is that the 330m has 512mb vs the 256mb in the base model. I will be using it for games such as The Sims 3, Civilizations, and SC II. I will also be using PS as well. Will I notice a huge performance difference between the 512 and the 256?

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PowerPC :: Macbook Versus IBook G4

Aug 7, 2006

I bought the last model of iBook G4 14" back in December and now I have this craze to to sell and get the macbook. Can someone compare the $1299 macbook to the laptop i have? ..not the configuration, i meant the insider's pros and cons & defects.

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PowerPC :: Macbook Versus IBook

Dec 23, 2006

I've recently run into this crazy obsession. I want an iBook, but I have a Macbook. When I was looking into getting a new computer, I decided to wait, so that I would be able to get the newer Macbook, but now that I've had it, I keep looking back at the iBook, and I think to myself how much money I could potentially get for downgrading to an iBook, and I love the idea of the older PowerPC computer for some reason. (Basically, I could always think that my Macbook is outdated or have the BEST iBook possible. Course, my usage on either computer would be exactly the same, although I'm sure the iBook would be a tad slower.

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PowerPC :: MacBook Versus Powerbook G4

Aug 16, 2007

I currently have a 17 inch powerbook with a 1.67GHZ G4 and 1.5gigs ram.

Would a new loaded macbook be noticeably faster? I want a small laptop.

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MacBook Pro :: 5400 Rpm Versus 7200 Rpm HDD?

Jan 27, 2008

As a lot of people on these forums are, I am waiting for the next updated MacBook Pro. I want to get the fastest hard drive I can, but I want to ask the people who use the 7200 RPM HDDs if they can notice a difference, and if so how beneficial is it? Its really not a problem to pay the 250 for the 200GB 7200 option (and I do want to do that thru Apple because I want my hard drive under warranty) but I do recall hearing complaints that the 7200 RPM is louder, etc. So here is the basic question. How much faster is the 7200 and is it worth the upgrade? For background, I do Visual Effects/3D Animation. I use the Mac Pro for most of that and will sometimes use the MBP for that kind of work.

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