1.2 2015 MacBook or 1.1 2016 MacBook?

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  1. foulmouthedleon macrumors regular

    foulmouthedleon

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    Best Buy has a sale on these, so picked up a 2015 1.2 Ghz model with the 512 SSD. Only had it a few hours and like it, but the prices on the two mentioned in my title are the same. Obviously I want the one that's faster, so wondered if anyone had any first hand experience with these? Space isn't that much of a concern for me - I'd rather have the faster one. Given that these are the same price, figure this was worth asking.

    About the most intense thing I do is Photoshop if that matters. The rest is Office, web-based, etc.

    Thanks for any feedback or input.
     
  2. SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

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    I would keep the 1.2 2015 model. An upgraded core m doesn't bring a night and day difference, even if the GPU is better by day 10/15%, if you were getting 20fps on a game with the 2015 model, 24fps on the skylake model isn't suddenly going to make it playable.

    That being said, how do you find the animations? When you click the downloads folder on the bottom right and the files spring up, are the animations slightly laggy?
     
  3. KrisLord macrumors 65816

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    As a 1.1 2015 user I'd have gone for the 2015 model.

    The base 2016 model has poor turbos compared to the 2015 range.
     
  4. ShionoyaTamaki macrumors 6502

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    apple refurbished 2015 macbook is cheaper than what best buy is offering. Don't be scared of refurb from apple, they get new battery and casing and is viewed better than buying new by some. http://www.apple.com/shop/browse/home/specialdeals/mac/macbook

    Only difference that matters between teh 2015 1.2 and 2016 1.1 is 256GB extra storage vs 15% faster speed & 1hr extra battery.
     
  5. mrmister macrumors regular

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  6. foulmouthedleon thread starter macrumors regular

    foulmouthedleon

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    If anyone cares, I did go ahead and take the MacBook back for the 2016 model. Really no regrets. Though the Geekbench score is lower, I find that this one is a bit more "snappy" and things seem a bit more responsive. That and I figure that if the new MBP's are anything like the mockups we've seen, I'd have an easier time getting money for this (to finance that) as opposed to a 2015 model.

    Anyway, my .02.
     
  7. izzyfanto macrumors regular

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    Geekbench score lower? I have the m3 and it benchmarks about the same as last year's 1.2

    And I'd agree they feel snappy. Just enough extra performance for me in terms of CPU, GPU and battery life to make it worth it for me.
     
  8. noodles5666, Jun 22, 2016
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    noodles5666 macrumors regular

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    I just went through the same decision. I picked up the 2015 512GB for $1383 with AppleCare, with $100 Student coupon. The 2016 256GB would have been the same price. I didn't see the difference to spend the same and get less STORAGE SPACE.
     
  9. izzyfanto macrumors regular

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    It's not ROM, it's RAM (Random Access Memory). And you wouldn't get less RAM. You'd get less storage space on the SSD.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 22, 2016 ---
    All rMB have 8GB RAM
     
  10. KompleX macrumors regular

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    just got the 2015 macbook 1.2 for $1000 brand new. it didn't make any sense for me to purchase the newer model at the higher price since the older one can do the things that i want to do just as well. under real world tasks, i wouldn't be able to tell the difference in performance.
     
  11. BigTomCallaghan macrumors regular

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    Can you tell us where you got it from? That's a nice deal...
     
  12. dilutedq macrumors regular

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    looking at the 1.1, and 1.2 models from last year and just getting the 1.3 m7 version there is a sizable difference that I can tell and measure in all applications.
     
  13. GoldfishRT macrumors 6502

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    I just ordered a refurb 2015 m5.

    The original plan was to grab the m7 new model with 256Gb but I value local storage a lot due to my unreliable internet connection. Since I've started playing games on a console, the power thing is a bit daft for me, the PowerBook G4 could even handle my writing and school work...
     

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