13" rMBP, which one would you get?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ommid, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. Ommid macrumors 6502

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    So guys and girls, having just purchased the standard spec'd top model 2013 rMBP (2.6GHz i5).

    I ask which would you go for? Would you pay an extra $400-500 to get i7 and 512GB SSD?
     
  2. Sean76 macrumors 6502

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    Congrats...I actually just got the 2012 rMBP with 256GB and I really like the machine. Only reason I didn't wait a week or so for the 2013 was because I got it yesterday for only $1,519 form J&R Music in NYC.....Score!

    Overall how's everything on the 2013 as far as screen color and build quality on the machine itself...
     
  3. KPOM macrumors G5

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    It depends on what you need. I'm quite happy with the 2012 base model 2.5GHz 256GB model. I had a MacBook Air previously.

    If you need the extra space, it may be worth it. As for the i7 processor, it is speedier enough where you might notice it on CPU-intensive tasks like video encoding, but it won't be a game changer like going to a quad-core with the 15" rMBP.

    What types of applications do you plan to run on the Mac?
     
  4. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    Me too! But at Best Buy. Same price, same storage size.

    I really don't need the .1 GHz of the refresh model.
     
  5. PatriotInvasion macrumors 65816

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    I have the 2012 base with the 128GB SSD. The thing with storage is that even if I had gone with the 256GB or even paid for the 512GB model, it still wouldn't have been enough to avoid getting an external HDD.

    I'd say if you still need external storage, might as well save the money and get the 128GB base.
     
  6. eljimberino macrumors member

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    Interesting you should say that. I think most people who are buying the 13 rmbp are not buying them for gaming and rendering etc. Therefore they shouldnt need as much on board dedicated data.

    Between the cloud and a sd chip you should be fine yeah?
     
  7. Sean76 macrumors 6502

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    I'm lovin it...

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    For me it was a no brainer...The difference was $19 for double the storage!

    Crazy right...I paid $1,499 the day Apple dropped the prices, anyway went the next day to go with the extra storage which would have been $1,599...And wound up getting a price match from Best Buy for $1,519 for the machine with 256GB of storage...
     
  8. eljimberino macrumors member

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    That's cool. But for everyone else it's more like 150-200$ difference.
     
  9. PatriotInvasion macrumors 65816

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    Well I record a lot of sports games and TV shows with the Elgato EyeTV HD. Those recordings can be upwards of 20-30GB in size before encoding so I need a lot of storage space and 128, 256, or 512 doesn't make much of a difference to me. I went out and bought a 1TB LaCie Thunderbolt drive which holds everything my rMBP cannot.
     
  10. twdi macrumors member

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    That's interesting. Are you doing this with the i5 13inch rMBP?
    How does it perform?

    I'm also probably buy a rMBP next week, but due to the lack of experience with Mac hardware, i'm a bit concerned if the 13 inch i5 is fast enough to run Premiere 11 elements fast enough to enjoy working with it.

    So what you are doing is also a very demanding task I think...
     
  11. jaxxx macrumors newbie

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    heads up best buy price for the 2012 rMBP is list at $1599 then sale for around $1519.


    $100 less than the "new" 2.6 rMBP

    Just bought one for $1399 2.5/256/8gb brand new. will see if i end up keeping it.
     
  12. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    Where was it for $1399? :O
     
  13. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

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    I have the 128GB base model too. It's not my main system so I don't store any media on it, that's all on my NAS or on my mini server.

    In fact, it's loaded up with everything I need for work and I still have 92GB free out of 120GB formatted capacity.

    Getting rid of the 8GB sleepimage helps too. :)

    By the time my SSD starts getting full I'll install a 3rd party unit or just trade up to a future model anyway.
     
  14. jaxxx macrumors newbie

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    sorry, that was cause I knew store manager
     
  15. PatriotInvasion macrumors 65816

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    Haven't had any issues editing 25GB HD video files in EyeTV 3 software from a graphics standpoint. Encoding recordings that large in other formats would be a lot of processor work even for a quad-core machine so I don't do it too often but could if I chose.

    I am coming from a 27" quad-core iMac and honestly haven't noticed a difference in either machine for what I do. If anything, the SSD and 8GB of RAM in my rMBP feels faster.
     
  16. jaxxx macrumors newbie

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    mine is running fine with 8gb so far but its using 2gb at boot up, then if i run firefox ,safari, finder, app store, and light room im at almost 7gb.

    some people here say they cant use 8gb if they tried.:confused:
     
  17. crypto2k2 macrumors newbie

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    I run windows under vmware fusion while I am at work (use it as my primary OS during the day) and I'm having a bit of an issue with just 8gig's of memory. I wish they had a 16 gig option on the 13 inch rMBP. Anyone else running fusion and running into an issue with memory?

    Any guesses as to when they might release a 16 gig 13 inch retina book?
     
  18. Ommid thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I just use it for basic tasks plus photo editing, no heavy duty rendering or gaming! I think for the $200 extra the 256GB is worth it?

    Not many comments on the i7 here though! Any benchmarks out yet? :)
     
  19. Nismo73 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a 3.0 i7 / 512gb on the FedEx plane currently flying over the Pacific - will chime in a few days after I get it...
     
  20. PatriotInvasion macrumors 65816

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    Short side note for those salivating over Retina. I had to use my wife's 13" white MacBook the other day while my 13" rMBP was charging and it almost made my eyes bleed.:eek::D

    After using a Retina display for a few days, all other screens look like the iPhone 3G circa 2008. Enjoy!
     
  21. robvas macrumors 68020

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    I bounce between a Retina and a 14" HP Elitebook @ 1280x800. Ugh!
     
  22. KPOM macrumors G5

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    12.5" HP Elitebook 2570p here. 1366x768 and not much brightness. It's amazing the difference that the Retina Display and SSD make on the base rMBP (though to be fair, the 2570p has a 2.8GHz i5 and a fairly speedy hard drive, which makes it far more tolerable than my previous office PC).

    The processor differences are neglible, even between the 2.8GHz and 2.5GHz. Hence the reason I recommend the OP go with the cheaper model unless there is a need for more space.
     

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