Macbook Performance

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  1. Kid A

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    After a trip to the Apple Store today and having a go on both a 1.8 and 2.0GHz Macbooks I was wholeheartedly underwhelmed :hs: They're pretty slow compared to my 2.0GHz iMac. The only difference being I've upped my RAM to 1GB, would think be the missing link?

    I was really up for getting a MacBook just as a casual machine to Browse/IM and do a small amount of photography work on if I go on holiday and take my camera with me but it seemed a little lacking really. I didn't see any noteable different between the 1.8 and 2.0 either. Would bumping the RAM to 1GB give it a big boost, because I think it needs it frankly.

    Thoughts/experiences MB owners :)


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  2. Pr0Xima

    Pr0Xima SPY ZAPPIN MAH SENTRY!

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    macs eat ram alive. true story.
     
  3. CarRamRod

    CarRamRod The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries.

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    RAM is going to make a difference in overall speed, but the HDD is going to be a big factor in overall "zippiness." The MacBooks are 5400rpm drives, and the iMac is 7200rpm, with more on-HDD cache.

    See if you can take a look at a MacBook Pro w/ 1Gig, that will be similar performance (except for video). You can get MBPs with 7200rpm drives but it's special order so you won't see them in the store.
     
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  5. Kid A

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    If I bought one and swapped the hard drive to a 7200rpm one, would any notebook 2.5" drive suffice?
     
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    If you ran more than one thing at a time, the RAM would really matter.
     
  7. CarRamRod

    CarRamRod The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries.

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    MacBooks are hard to replace the HDD in IIRC.
     
  8. clog

    clog NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!!11

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    no, they are not. it's quite simple actually. just make sure you get a SATA, and not just a regular ATA hard drive. also, keep in mind that a 7200rpm drive will significantly impair your battery performance.
     
  9. CarRamRod

    CarRamRod The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries.

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    Never changed one, so I didn't know for sure. I know on the previous iBooks it was a complete pain.

    Yes, your battery will be hit, figure 20 or so minutes less.
     

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