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as it stands, usb 3.0 and thunderbolt are both currently useless. if i was to bank on one, it would be thunderbolt. it's faster and has more options for the future.

usb 2.0 is more then good enough for 95%+ of externals on the market. also, since it still has firewire 800, the new gen of macbook pros will be able to handle anything.

cpu upgrades are very significant as far as raw horsepower is concerned. the 13" is a very significant upgrade with the i5's and i7's over the previous two generations of C2D cpus.

graphic capabilities are equal to slightly better.

the only downfall is the power consumption of the cpus on the 13" models. battery life goes from up-to-10-hours to up-to-7-hours. this is still dramatically better then any non apple laptops on the market with similar cpus.
post #62 of 199
Meh...I don't see the point of upgrading my current MBP to the new one.
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"Apple suggests this will be useful for external RAID arrays, Gigabit Ethernet adapters, and also mentions support for "FireWire and USB consumer devices" along with HDMI, DVI, and VGA over DisplayPort."

If it starts taking off, usb will no longer become the standard, and eventually phased out. If it doesnt, then it'll just be a specialty port like firewire.
>USB will be phased out

Haha, good one.
    
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I'm pretty excited about the update. I predicted Apple would be switching to AMD over all the bad press the Nvidia cards brought, and it made me very glad to see them finally switch. However I think they should have given the 13" some AMD love, I don't think leaving them with the CPU graphics is very appealing even though they do pack second gen i5s, which is a huge huge upgrade.

I guess I will wait out the regular 999 Macbook update, hopefully they throw i3s in there or something, I would be disappointed in using two generation old processors.
    
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the CPU may be next generation, but the GPU on the 13" model definitely is not!
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post #66 of 199
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Good luck with the MBP only coming with a 5400rpm disk drive. I don't care how fast it can be transferred, it cannot be read that fast anyway.
If anyone really cared they would just upgrade to 7200 for $100 or to an 128SSD for $200
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It is amazing how everybody's eyes glaze over when they add some obscure jack that nobody can use, but they are still blind to the fact that it has a 5400rpm hard drive, no Bluray support, and not even USB 3.

iSheep.
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post #68 of 199
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Umm no. the Nvidia 320M also had with it the intel HD. The macs automatically switch graphics from integrated to discrete. The only thing thats changed there is that there will be an ATI discrete card and the same intel HD integrated
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He's talking about the 13" models which only include the Intel HD.

It doesn't look like the performance of the 320M and Intel HD 3000 are that different tbh.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/t...2100-tested/11

http://www.anandtech.com/show/3889/a...dows7-laptop/5

The top one has some HD 3000 benchmarks and the bottom has some 320M benchmarks.
This^

And thanks for the link advion!

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Not grasping the complaints about the integrated graphics. Have some of us been asleep while Sandy Bridge was unveiled? Integrated graphics on the i5s are one of the big deals of this whole CPU generation. This setup is going to be the same on ALL lower-priced Sandy configs...Windows laptops (and probably tablets, if we see Sandy tablets) included.
My complaint of the Intel IGP is more of a support issue. It gets increasingly hard to find a Intel IGP driver over the years, rather than a NVIDIA driver. Just a small quirk, though. While Apple will support it no doubt, when you Bootcamp over to Windows, the support for it after a while will drop off and drivers will become a hassle.
 
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It is amazing how everybody's eyes glaze over when they add some obscure jack that nobody can use, but they are still blind to the fact that it has a 5400rpm hard drive, no Bluray support, and not even USB 3.

iSheep.

As was posted earlier, 5400 RPM drives don't drain as much power, thus saving battery life. You could upgrade to a 500GB 7200 RPM drive for under 75 dollars if you really wanted to, anyways, which is what I would do since my job depends on things loading quickly off the harddrive.

BluRay would be pointless unless you have the 17" hi res screens, and I don't think USB 3.0 is that important, I don't have any hardware that requires USB 3.0, or would take full advantage of it.
    
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As was posted earlier, 5400 RPM drives don't drain as much power, thus saving battery life. You could upgrade to a 500GB 7200 RPM drive for under 75 dollars if you really wanted to, anyways, which is what I would do since my job depends on things loading quickly off the harddrive.

BluRay would be pointless unless you have the 17" hi res screens, and I don't think USB 3.0 is that important, I don't have any hardware that requires USB 3.0, or would take full advantage of it.
Actually they do offer 7200rpm drives, just 500gb. No price charge though.
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