13" rMBP... Uprgrade to 3GHz from 2.6GHz worth it?

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  1. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    On the top 13" rMBP... is the CPU upgrade from 2.6GHz to 3.0GHz for $200 worth it? This machine will have to last me a couple of years.
     
  2. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    Probably not. In 3 years a 400MHz speedbump probably is going to make next to no difference against the processors that will be current by that point. I question the value of most of the CPU upgrades to be honest, unless you're talking desktop CPUs like the 27" iMacs, which have some features such as hyper-threading disabled dependant on the model you purchase.

    The laptop i5s and i7s, by contrast, all have hyper-threading and turbo boost enabled, so any difference in real-life performance is likely to be negligible.
     
  3. vatter69 macrumors 6502a

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  5. Xgm541 macrumors 6502a

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    Not worth it. Your bottleneck will be the GPU, regardless if its 200mhz faster or not.
     
  6. vatter69 macrumors 6502a

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    We dont know that - OP didnt say what hes using it for.:D
     
  7. KPOM macrumors G5

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    For things like encoding of videos, etc. you might notice the faster CPU. The CPU is about 15% faster and the purchase price is about 12% more. However, the SSD is the same speed, as is the memory, so in real-world tests you may likely see less than that much of a difference.
     
  8. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Since you haven't mentioned your intended usage, it's utterly impossible to say.
     
  9. VirtualRain thread starter macrumors 603

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    Yeah I guess for email and web surfing its probably not worth it :p.

    This is going to be replacing my MBA for general MS Office, Camtasia, iMovie and some Adobe CS work (InDesign). :)
     
  10. KPOM macrumors G5

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    I'd save the $200 toward your 2015/2016 rMBP. If you are the type who replaces every year or two, the best advice is to get the base models, since they lose the least amount of dollar value.
     
  11. TSX macrumors 68030

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    If y'all say there isn't that big of a difference why does apple even offer it?
     
  12. Aspen macrumors member

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    Profit.
     
  13. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    A few people actually use the extra power, so it's nice for them to habr the possibility.

    For most it's either bragging rights or "future proofing"...
     
  14. iPhonesandMacs macrumors regular

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    I have the 2.6 13", just returned my 2.5 i5 for it yesterday. I got a geekbench score with the 2.6 i5 of 7717, which is pretty close to the 2.9 i7... (all testing done in 64 bit mode)
     
  15. TSX macrumors 68030

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    I went ahead and went with the 3.0ghz 13 rMBP if I'm already spending a lot, might as well get the good one.
     

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