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Late 2006 MacBook Pro or Aluminium MacBook?

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Mar 22, 2013 1:33 PM

Hello everyone, I recently picked up a late 2006, 2.33GHz 15" MacBook Pro at a very good price - and it's a great bit of kit. However, I also just found (and bought) a late 2008 aluminium 2GHz MacBook at a very good price too.


I obviously don't need both machines and I have found both machines are by far good enough for what I need them for.


I've had to 'hack' Mountain Lion on to the MBP as it's not officially supported whereas the MacBook runs it natively. The MacBook Pro has the discrete X1600 w/ 256mb VRAM. The MacBook has the integrated 9400M w/ 256MB VRAM. The MacBook can take 8GB DDR3 RAM, the MacBook Pro can only take 3GB DDR2. The MacBook Pro has a quicker (clocked) Core 2 Duo processor, but the MacBook has a newer iteration. They both have backlit keyboards (the MacBook was a BTO). The MacBook Pro has a far nicer keyboard (IMO) but I use it/them at the desk with the 20" Cinema Display most of the time anyway.


What MacBook do I keep, and what one do I sell? They're both lovely machines, the MacBook Pro was obviously much more high-end at the time, but the MacBook has newer technologies (DDR3, more recent gen. CPU, Mountain Lion etc.) & although it has the unibody construction, it's still super easy to get open to upgrade this & that. Thanks.

Late 2008 13.3" MacBook 2GHz, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
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    Mar 22, 2013 4:16 PM (in response to Goftrey)

    "I've had to 'hack' Mountain Lion on to the MBP as it's not officially supported ..."

     

    Please refrain from posting in these forums if you are going to allow that you've hacked Apple software. At this sentence I stopped reading your post and am out of here.

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,145 points)
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    Mar 22, 2013 4:40 PM (in response to Goftrey)

    2.00 GHz on a later Mac <--> 2.33GHz on an older Mac makes no practical difference.

     

    You keep the later one, as it can run 10.8.3 natively, and the other setup is already obsolete.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), &amp; Server, PPC, &amp; AppleTalk Printers

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