15"Late 2012 GT650M i7 2.6 VS 13" 2016

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nikguitar, Oct 30, 2016.

  1. nikguitar, Oct 30, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2016

    nikguitar macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2011
    I would like to go thinner & lighter, and so I wondered if a new 13" would equal the performance of my loved retina 15" late 2012.

    My most used apps include office, mail, illy, photo and vmware, sometime few of them running at the same time.

    Please share your thoughts with me.

  2. nikguitar thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2011
    is there anyone out there willing to help me with this?
  3. killawat macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2014
    Equal perf? Nah. Nope. Keep in mind, Iris Pro from the 2015 15" Macbook Pro wasn't even faster than the GT650M. Iris is even less Iris Pro. it's nice, but not that nice.

    Will you NOTICE? That's another question entirely. Those apps do not sound like you need a hotrod dGPU. I would expect them to perform admirably on any 2016 system.
  4. nikguitar thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2011
    Thanks Killa. What about the fact that 2016 13" is dual-core and my 2012 15" is an (older) quad-core. Would I notice that difference?
  5. motime macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2015
    Yes it should, especially if you are using apps that can utilize them.
  6. Mathias Denichi macrumors 6502

    Mathias Denichi

    Jun 21, 2013
    I'm currently having the same issue. The iris 550 is slightly less than the GT650m. I have a gaming pc I built, however, I would like a mobile computer for trips. I prefer the 13" size, but the 460 in the 15".
  7. NickPhamUK macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2013
    Those apps don't even stress the GPU...

    I'd say go for it.

    The base 15" is not more powerful graphics-wise either, you'd need to spend an extra $200 to upgrade to Radeon Pro 460 which will give you 86% more graphics power. So you're looking at $2599 at least.
  8. nikguitar thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2011
    Thanks Nick. Any comments on the dual vs quad core - see above.
  9. Ma2k5 macrumors 65816


    Dec 21, 2012
    Quad core will be considerably faster than dual core even if from 2012, but as for if it is noticeable, it will depend on what you do.

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