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The new 13" MacBook Pro - i5 or i7?

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Humancapo Calculating status...
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Feb 24, 2011 2:23 PM
Regarding the new 13" MacBook Pro, how much of a speed difference will there be between the i5 and the i7 versions? Is it worth the $300? My G4 Powerbook is going to be retired shortly and the new 13" are here just in time.
12" G4 Powerbook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • CoachCasa Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Feb 24, 2011 2:32 PM (in response to Humancapo)
    I was going to ask the exact same question. I have been waiting for this release to buy my new MacBook Pro and am wondering if it's really worth spending $300 extra dollars for the larger hardrive and the i7 chip versus the i5. Is the i7 that much better?
    MacBook (Early 2008)-2.4 GHz, 4gb RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Black 5G 30gb video iPod; iPhone 4
  • N.E.R.D Calculating status...
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    Feb 24, 2011 2:45 PM (in response to Humancapo)
    It depends on the user and what you are using it for. If you are a heavy user based on using high-end graphics or video software then you will definitely see the difference i5 and i7.

    These cores are not available for the MCB 13"
    Macbook PRO, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
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    Feb 24, 2011 8:35 PM (in response to Humancapo)
    Hello. Two days ago I purchased a MBP 13, bootcamped with XP pro and had a number of things running very smooth. Today I found out the i5 are out in MBP 13. SOOOO with much hesitation I restored my system and exchanged it for the newer system for the same price. I am now into 12+ hours of work on getting XP to load into my Bootcamp partition. After running the tutorial and rebooting, it stops on a black screen at "setup is checking your system configuration..." It stays on this screen until even after the drive stops spinning the disc. I have tried a different install XP disc, changing the partitions, formating the partition to NTFS first, an external CD/DVD drive. Important to note is that I also tried Win 7 (32 and 64) and they install fine! Is anyone aware if the new i5 MBP 13 only supporting Win 7... or any other suggestions to try and get this to load? I have to have XP in a non-VM/Parallels enviroment.

    Thanks. John
    Mac Book Pro 13, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • merve0o0 Calculating status...
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    Feb 24, 2011 8:57 PM (in response to Humancapo)
    are you aware they are only dual core versions on the i5 and i7 chip.

    i was super excited to see they where i5/i7 and was wondering the same as i was planing to get a 13" with 128GB SSD just trying to decide if the i7 was worth the extra NZ$500 as i dont realy want to spend NZ$2900 on a notebook
    27" iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
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    Feb 24, 2011 10:26 PM (in response to thebairsden)
    @thebairsden - This is the same here, with no answer yet. If they dropped XP support they need to say so. I'm assuming they didn't, but I'm not doing well here. Different partitions, different discs, etc., and no joy with Windows XP. I'd really like to see Apple weigh in on this.
    MBP, Mac OS X (10.6.6), i5
  • pullman Level 4 Level 4 (1,135 points)
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    Feb 25, 2011 2:25 AM (in response to Humancapo)
    Mac Pro 2008 | 23" acd | iPhone 3GS 16GB | Macbook 2008 alu |, Mac OS X (10.6.4), | When times are at their darkest, it takes a brave man to kick back and party
  • thebairsden Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 25, 2011 3:06 PM (in response to matatdci)
    Thanks for the feedback. I will probably take this back and get the dual core, as I have already wasted all this time. I should have kept the old one and just tested the new one first.

    Take care.
    Mac Book Pro 13, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Dave Barnes Level 4 Level 4 (2,975 points)
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    Feb 25, 2011 8:08 PM (in response to Humancapo)
    iMac (2.66i5,8GB), iMac (2.8i5,12GB), AirBook (1.6), iPad, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Brother HL-4070CDW, 4 iPods, OWC FW drives, G-Tech drive
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    Feb 25, 2011 10:39 PM (in response to thebairsden)
    I printed the Boot Camp setup guide on my new Macbook Pro and on page 3 the requirements do not mention XP or Vista.

    It says: Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate.

    The alternative is virtualization, but if you need to run without VM/Parallels I don't have a suggestion for making XP or Vista work with boot camp on the MBP Early 11. Mentioning what I read in the setup guide should at least take some of the mystery out of it though.

    Boot camp on the new Macbook Air is Windows 7 only as well.

    As far as i5 or i7, it beats me, but I went with the i7 because it's the only difference between the two new 13's that can't be upgraded later!
    Macbook Pro 13 (Early 2011), Mac OS X (10.6.6)
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    It appears the new 2011 line of MBP's DO NOT support Win XP (see

    I also exchanged a recently purchased 2010 2.4 Ghz MBP 13", where winclone was restored onto flawlessly and was then backed up, before I couldnt get it, a previous backup, or winxp to boot up on my 2011 MBP.

    Unhappy with the lack of WinXP support and Apple's short notice, I think I'll still keep the 2011 version with the newer tech. Although, I am left asking some questions:

    Just out of curiosity, why isn't WinXP supported on the 2011 MBP line?
    How I can move my files from WinXP backup to a Windows 7 bootcamp partition (assuming I buy a copy)?
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6), MBP 13" Intel i5 2.3 Ghz 4GB 320GB
  • N.E.R.D Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 9, 2011 7:50 PM (in response to Humancapo)
    i am a frequent adobe suite user and just purchased the i5 13" its good, i mean macs hardly freeze on you, all you really need is 6gb + RAM and 500GB + hard-drive, you will be flying.
    Macbook PRO X, Mac OS X (10.6.6), OS Xi
  • PGDesigns Calculating status...
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    Aug 6, 2011 10:37 AM (in response to Humancapo)

    The biggest difference in benchmarking and day to day performance between the i5 and i7 MBP 13" isn't so much the processor as it is about hard drive performance. I owned the i7 version for a while, but returned it as I couldn't justify the high price in a machine that was just suplimenting some light duties away from my high end iMac. In picking up the i5 version, it was OK for speed, but really slowed down over the month I've been using it. I traced this back to the poorly performing Seagate 320 GB 5200 rpm drive. Now that I've upgraded that to a Hitachi 500 GB 7200, my boot time is 26 seconds -- identical to the i7 version. My 64 bit Geekbench testing has jumped from 5800 to 6450 -- a huge increase. And take note that the i7 version, with it's faster HD, clocks in around 6900 in geekbench.


    I picked the i5 MBP 13" up at MicroCenter in the states for just over a grand, and the hard drive replacment was around 60 bucks. I saved roughly 400 and got a machine thats 95% of the i7 version.

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