Originally Posted by nootje
Given the reviews here i might give it a try. It would be this macbooks swan song though, as a 4,1 its preparing to go on its way out.
The big prob with the 4,1 is the GMA X3100 integrated graphics card that CAN run at 400 MHz (sometimes 500 MHz) but is crippled down to about half that. There is a site called GMA Booster that has a safe way of releasing all of an Intel's GMA GPU power, however no support for the X3100 has yet been added.
What occurred between 2006 and late 2008 is that Web 2.0 and High Definition really started to come into existence. Thus, computing requirements shifted tremendously from just CPU processing power and RAM, to an overall computing experience which needed, graphics GPU's that could handle not only complicated graphics (BR movies, games, etc...) but also could output to larger, and larger screens (DisplayPort, HDMI). Also, the storage requirements have expanded immensely... my MB 4,1 has a 250GB HD, which was the larget HD you could order from Apple... but I have 3.75 TB in external HD's and honestly I could use another 2 or 3 TB's. And the speed at which that data has to be transferred has increased as well (USB 3.0, Thunderbolt)... and not only the external device, but the computer itself must be able to function quickly enough for the blazing fast speed of say Thunderbolt.
Frankly, I'm surprised my computer has worked pretty much sans problems for 4 years, considering I'm a serious power user. I still don't know however, if I'm going to upgrade to upgrade to Lion yet... its pretty graphics intensive.Edited by imageWIS - 7/23/11 at 9:08am