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March 1, 2011 1:42:18 AM

Is it possible to install the i5 processor in the 2010 MBP 13 inch model?I have the Core 2 Duo now? Just curious?

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March 1, 2011 1:50:22 AM

The i5 is supported by a completely different architecture than the Core 2. It would require a complete refit of RAM and Motherboard. In short the answer is no I am afraid.
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March 12, 2011 1:13:44 AM

I guess that is why Apple screws the public with all their modifications all the time.To make more money for themselves.
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March 12, 2011 5:44:26 AM

It relies on the public playing along. As the queues outside Apple stores whenever a new product is released demonstrate, Apple's customers seem to be particularly happy to play the game.
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March 13, 2011 11:55:49 AM

It seems like it almost a cult with these Apple followers.You are a straight shooter I see.If you just got a new MBP 13 inch Core 2 Duo and the new one i5 just came out would you sell the core 2 duo and get the new one.I can sell mine for over one thousand dollars.I have this only 5 weeks .thanks MF
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March 13, 2011 4:21:29 PM

No, I wouldn't sell it. New specifications come out all the time. Does your present one do the job? (I'm aware that you have problems with the speed of your Inernet connection, but changing your computer won't fix that.)

I tend to keep my computers for about 5 years before upgrading or replacing them. I may decide to upgrade my Mac Mini soon (which is now over 5 years old) but only becasue, being one of the old models, it won't run Snow Leopard so I can't easily use it for iPad development.
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March 13, 2011 6:38:40 PM

Its not like you can upgrade the processor in a notebook anyway, they are usually soldered in place.
And even if you could replace it, good luck trying to find one to buy!
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March 14, 2011 2:22:11 AM

Ijack said:
No, I wouldn't sell it. New specifications come out all the time. Does your present one do the job? (I'm aware that you have problems with the speed of your Inernet connection, but changing your computer won't fix that.)

I tend to keep my computers for about 5 years before upgrading or replacing them. I may decide to upgrade my Mac Mini soon (which is now over 5 years old) but only becasue, being one of the old models, it won't run Snow Leopard so I can't easily use it for iPad development.
I thought the i5 processor is much faster than the core 2 duo and my ISP speed is 3.04 Mps download and upload 64 Mps.What about the Thunderbolt technology what do you think about that yourself? thanks Mf
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March 14, 2011 10:32:04 AM

I'm sure that the i5 is faster than the core 2 duo, but there's always something new just around the corner. As long as my computer is fast enough for my needs then I don't worry too much about the latest technology. If you want to keep up with the cutting edge then it is going to cost you a lot, whether you run a Mac or a PC.

The broadband connection is a separate issue. All modern computers are plenty fast enough to cope with a broadband connection; the bottleneck is always the connection, not the processor, hard disk, memory, or any other factor. As a (non-perfect) analogy, think of a car. Most modern cars can easily do 80mph or more. If you can only manage to drive at 40mph because a road is congested with traffic, then it doesn't matter if you have a cheap hatchback or a Ferrari - they'll both only be able to do 40mph.

A broadband connection is like a permanently congested road. If you're lucky you may be able to do 40mph, if not you may only be able to do 20. With networks there are the equivalent of freeways, that let you travel faster, but they cost extra. If you want to drive at 70mph you're going to have to change your road.
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March 14, 2011 11:06:35 AM

1. I have a Macbook from May 2007. No intention to upgrade. I never needed to. I thought I'd get a Macbook to use Firewire 400. Never did.

2. Apple offers something like a 30 day "OMG I just bought dat and a new one came out" upgrade option.
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March 15, 2011 2:23:08 AM

No two completely different sockets!!
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March 15, 2011 2:32:38 AM

I would sell and upgrade.
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March 15, 2011 9:14:09 AM

There's a difference between need and want.

I'm sure you don't need to upgrade.
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March 15, 2011 7:11:27 PM

musical marv said:
I thought the i5 processor is much faster than the core 2 duo and my ISP speed is 3.04 Mps download and upload 64 Mps.What about the Thunderbolt technology what do you think about that yourself? thanks Mf


If you want to get faster machine, then by all means sell it, but... it will have no impact on your download speeds whatsoever. So do it for the right reasons if you are going to do it, but not for the wrong reasons and expecting an impossible effect.

You could get a second line into your house and somehow merge the two connections, but you are getting into comparatively custom setups for the router then, and most ISPs probably won't support it. Leased line is an optionI suppose, not sure how much of an improvement, you cannot change the laws of physics.

thunderbolt, i have nothing that can consume/provide that much bandwidth except for a gpu and aside from a gpu in a box for a laptop i don't see the point.

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March 15, 2011 8:52:47 PM

It may make a difference. The wireless module in the 2011 Macbook is superior.
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March 15, 2011 9:27:47 PM

He's only getting 3.04Mbps it would have to be the worst module in the world for the wi-fi component to be the bottleneck here.

OP the acid test here is do you get similar bandwidth when wired into your router and not just when wireless?
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March 16, 2011 2:08:53 AM

daship said:
I would sell and upgrade.
Curious why do you say to upgrade? what is your reasoning? thanks
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March 16, 2011 2:18:18 AM

The new macbook powns the old one.
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March 16, 2011 2:19:13 AM

I wouldn't. You'd get less money. Keep the Macbook.
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March 20, 2011 2:32:29 AM

daship said:
The new macbook powns the old one.
I sold my MBP 2010 13 inch 2 days ago for $1100 cash.Bought the new one i5 13 inch today.Even with this connection the pages seem to load faster than the core 2 duo I had.
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March 20, 2011 9:46:33 AM

glad to hear it worked out for you.
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March 20, 2011 10:19:09 AM

Wow, that's an awesome price!
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March 20, 2011 10:37:54 AM

depends on your needs...
you dont need an i5 if all you do is browsing and word processing. an atom would be more than enough for that.
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March 20, 2011 5:37:53 PM

Yeah, that was a total waste of money IMO. Instead of buying a whole new computer you should have just gotten an SSD or more RAM. You admitted in an earlier post that people buy Macs religiously, even to the point of being like a cult. Well, you're officially a member!
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March 21, 2011 2:19:16 AM

amdfangirl said:
Wow, that's an awesome price!
With that price I received it was a winning situation and I took it.Thanks
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March 21, 2011 2:22:11 AM

PudgyChicken said:
Yeah, that was a total waste of money IMO. Instead of buying a whole new computer you should have just gotten an SSD or more RAM. You admitted in an earlier post that people buy Macs religiously, even to the point of being like a cult. Well, you're officially a member!
I do not think it was a waste of money.I guess I am a cultist also now.Maybe eventually I will get a SSD we will see.The i5 processor is a faster one than the core 2 duo even with my ISP connection I notice it loading pages.
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