aspose file tools*
The moose likes Mac OS and the fly likes Mac Quad and Dual core difference. Big Moose Saloon
  Search | Java FAQ | Recent Topics | Flagged Topics | Hot Topics | Zero Replies
Register / Login


Win a copy of Java 8 in Action this week in the Java 8 forum!
JavaRanch » Java Forums » Engineering » Mac OS
Bookmark "Mac Quad and Dual core difference." Watch "Mac Quad and Dual core difference." New topic
Author

Mac Quad and Dual core difference.

pawan chopra
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jan 23, 2008
Posts: 408

Hi,

I am planning to but a new MacBook pro. There are two options one is Quad Core and one is Dual Core. Can any one suggest me with 8 GB RAM if I will go with Dual Core is it fine for programming, having database and web server, eclipse running at same time?


Pawan Chopra
SCJP - DuMmIeS mInD
Bear Bibeault
Author and ninkuma
Marshal

Joined: Jan 10, 2002
Posts: 60077
    
  65

Any new MacBook Pro will be plenty powerful. Perhaps you could be more explicit about the processors?


[Asking smart questions] [Bear's FrontMan] [About Bear] [Books by Bear]
pawan chopra
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jan 23, 2008
Posts: 408

Basically I wanna go for Intel Core i5 Mac Pro 13-inch: 2.4 GHz because its cheaper than 15 inch. But they do not have quad core in 13 inch. So that is the reason I am looking for the advice if there is any big difference and so that I can make my mind to spend more money in that. In 15 inch its Intel core i7 but I will have to add 700$
Bear Bibeault
Author and ninkuma
Marshal

Joined: Jan 10, 2002
Posts: 60077
    
  65

The 2.4G dual-core i5 will be plenty powerful. Maxing out the memory is usually more important than the processor. Buy the extra memory after-the-fact from someplace like crucial.com and you can save a lot of money.
pawan chopra
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jan 23, 2008
Posts: 408

Thanks for the advice. Yes I will add more memory so it will be around 8 GB. Still a lot of my friends are saying 13 inch is too small for programming but I will think about it more. Thanks again.
Bear Bibeault
Author and ninkuma
Marshal

Joined: Jan 10, 2002
Posts: 60077
    
  65

I think 13" could be a little cramped, but not impossible. But if it's the difference between being able to afford it or not, 13" is better than 0 inches.

Remember, you also have the option to hook up a spare monitor to it.
pawan chopra
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jan 23, 2008
Posts: 408

Yea I have that in mind. I have recently started using Apple at work and I am loving it. Though for a PC guy like me its almost double price to buy a Mac than any PC with best configuration. But I heard that once you go mac you never go back so I hope it will be worth to spend money than buying another PC.
Bear Bibeault
Author and ninkuma
Marshal

Joined: Jan 10, 2002
Posts: 60077
    
  65

They are nice machines, and you can also run Windows or Linux on them either in virtual machines or as separate boots. Very versatile.
Mark Spritzler
ranger
Sheriff

Joined: Feb 05, 2001
Posts: 17249
    
    6

I originally had the 13" and moved up to the 15" because of programming real estate. I believe there is still an i5 for the 15". I also got 8GB and really glad I did. I run servers, postgres, a few IDEs at the same time and it is still fast.

Mark


Perfect World Programming, LLC - Two Laptop Bag - Tube Organizer
How to Ask Questions the Smart Way FAQ
pawan chopra
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jan 23, 2008
Posts: 408

Thanks Mark. I spoke to apple guys. They don't have i5 in 15 inch with dual core. They have i7 and quad core but its kind of expensive. so according to your experience 15 inch is better for programming?
Bear Bibeault
Author and ninkuma
Marshal

Joined: Jan 10, 2002
Posts: 60077
    
  65

More real estate on the screen is always better. The question is how much you want to spend. Me, I have the 17" because I wanted the extra space but I had to pay for it.

Balance your budget with your needs.
Pat Farrell
Rancher

Joined: Aug 11, 2007
Posts: 4639
    
    5

Bear Bibeault wrote:More real estate on the screen is always better. The question is how much you want to spend. Me, I have the 17" because I wanted the extra space but I had to pay for it.


I use a 21" Viewsonic monitor with my 15" MBP. I love lots of screen.

I went with the 15" because its easier to carry, smaller, lighter, etc than the 17". Plus its a bit cheaper.
 
I agree. Here's the link: http://aspose.com/file-tools
 
subject: Mac Quad and Dual core difference.
 
Similar Threads
* Welcome Cory Isaacson
Running 32 bit applications on Intel Core 2
Spec me a dev machine
Mac Book Pro - Suggestions needed
Ubuntu Server dual boot with Windows 7