17" PB buying advice - 1.33 vs. 1.0

in General Discussion edited January 2014
I'm in a bit of a conundrum. I can't decide which version of the 17" would suit my immediate needs. I mostly work in video compositing (AfterEffects, Commotion & such) at this will be my 'work a bit at home and client presentation' machine.

The only differences between the two models seem to be:

(1.0 Ghz vs. 1.33 Ghz):

USB vs. USB2

60GB vs. 80GB HD

1MB L3 vs. 512K L2 cache (!)

NVidia GeForce4 440 vs. ATI Mobility Radeon 9600

and obviously the .33Ghz difference in proc speed.

I don't care about USB2 and I'm replacing the hard drive anyways, so for me it boils down to the latter 3.

At online retailers I've found around a $250-$300 difference between the two models, and as I'll be selling it around fall next year I'm tempted to go with the 1.0. Suggestions?


  • Reply 1 of 3
    placeboplacebo Posts: 5,767member
    I'd go for the 1.33. After all, that's 33% more speed. (No, it really is) And the GPU is better, and you get more cache.

    Oh, and the HD is a little bigger.

    I STRONGLY recommend spending that extra little money.
  • Reply 2 of 3
    I've seen the 1.0 for $2199 (check dealsontheweb.com and dealmac.com). Get the cheaper one, it will depreciate less and you can put that money toward a nicer machine in a few months.
  • Reply 3 of 3
    powerdocpowerdoc Posts: 8,123member
    The 1 ghz has a smaller L2 cache, but has a L3 cache (1 MB).

    The GPU is slower, but it won't make a difference for your own usage. If people where concerned by games, i will vote for the new one.

    The difference of performance is rughly 25 %.

    My advice will be to get the old one, and fill it with the maximum of ram.
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