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White Macbook update

Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:58 am

The store lists a very strange "new" white Macbook. They adopted the Geforce 9400 chipset but with DDR2 memory and it keeps firewire. I'm officially confused by that decision. I thought they were saying "firewire is dead!!!!11"

But the white Macbook is now the value leader in Apple laptops - you don't have to get a "crippled" version in the low end.

2GB of memory, 2GHz Core2 with a 1066MHz bus (dual-channel 667 is enough bandwidth to feed that and have some leftover for the graphics), DVD-RW, 120GB hard drive, same 13" screen and form factor.

http://www.apple.com/macbook/white/specs.html

I expect the graphics will be a little slower, due to less overall system bandwidth, but still perform tons better than the X3100 GMA.
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Re: White Macbook update

Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:17 am

I just called Apple and it is TRUE. Apple did modify the white MacBook to include the nVidia 9400M and start the notebook with 2GB of RAM rather than the (former) standard GMA X3100 and 1GB RAM respectively. And it is all for the same price of $999 :o . Happy buying :D !
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Re: White Macbook update

Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:28 am

There is now no serious reason to buy the new aluminum MacBook.

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Re: White Macbook update

Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:39 am

Speedy CPU, plenty of memory, adequate HD space, FW, solid contruction, $999. It seems to have everything I want.
 
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Re: White Macbook update

Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:47 am

Maybe not a NEW AL MacBook, but here..... http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac/macbook
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Re: White Macbook update

Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:16 pm

Wow. Very nice. Performance in COD4 might get dangerously close to acceptable with a machine like this.
 
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Re: White Macbook update

Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:31 pm

adisor19 wrote:
There is now no serious reason to buy the new aluminum MacBook.

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Sure there is. It's still lighter and thinner, and I think graphics performance will still be somewhat better due to more system bandwidth (DDR3 1066 is 60% additional bandwidth, give or take a tenth of a percent, and it's all leftovers for graphics AFAICT). The Aluminum ones also ship with a bigger default drive and are more sturdy thanks to the unibody construction.

It's all premium stuff. The new "aluminum" tax (to replace the black tax) works out to be $250 once you account for hte hard drive upgrade.

I wish they'd jsut done this in October. I would have saved myself $50 over my iMac and had roughly similar performance with more portability. :-?
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Re: White Macbook update

Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:50 pm

derFunkenstein wrote:
I wish they'd jsut done this in October. I would have saved myself $50 over my iMac and had roughly similar performance with more portability. :-?

Oh man. I have a feeling that Snow Leopard will make me cry. :(
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Re: White Macbook update

Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:23 pm

Does the white MacBook have an LED backlit screen? There are two things I am waiting for Snow Leopard and USB 3. The latter isnt slated until 2010 which is a long wait.
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Re: White Macbook update

Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:26 pm

I don't think so, Dirge. They're not advertising one, anyway. And the previous revision didn't have one, either.

White Macbook specs wrote:
13.3-inch (diagonal) glossy widescreen TFT display with support for millions of colors


Aluminum Macbook specs wrote:
13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors
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Re: White Macbook update

Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:31 pm

Yea I couldn't find any mention of it and started to wonder. Its going to be a long wait.
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