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Core i5 MacBook Pro Tested
April 22, 2010 - Dave Hecei
Last week, Apple introduced newer MacBook Pro laptops with the new Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. These new models are now officially the fastest Mac laptops ever.
Today, MacWorld magazine has posted their benchmarks on the 15-inch Core i5 model running at 2.4GHz. No surprise in that it beat out all recent Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro models. While their benchmarks show an improvement in speed, the increase is somewhat minor, 10 to 40% faster.
The big difference between the new i-series and last years model is the graphics chip. Anything that relies on the GPU for speed, like games, intense graphics software, and other 3D programs, will benifit from this new nVidia chip.
If you are looking into getting a new MacBook Pro and you don't need the extra 3D performance, you may be in luck. Apple and other retailers probably still have a supply of last years models that will likely be selling at a discount. Check out places like MacMall, Club Mac, MacZone, and CDW. You may also want to check out the online Apple Store. On the main Apple Store page, near the bottom left, you will find the special deals section. This is were you can find close-outs, refurbished, and open box returns of Macs and other Apple products. Thrifty shoppers can find some nice bargains her. Just check back often, stock changes daily (usually in the morning and afternoon).
The new 15-inch Pros start at $1799. Last years model, the Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz is likely to be $200 to $400 less.
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