15 MBP 2016. Which CPU?

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  1. sneak3 macrumors 6502

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    I'm torn. 2.6, 2.7 or 2.9? What's the definite answer keeping in my price X performance?
     
  2. cmaier macrumors G3

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    What are you going to use it for? You may or may not notice any difference depending on what your workload is.
     
  3. sneak3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I will use it for 2d and 3d design tools. Photoshop heavily, some MODO, Zbrush. Not so much rendering but a bit.
     
  4. No-Me macrumors 6502a

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    I went with the default high-end one and only upgraded the GPU.
     
  5. tivoboy macrumors 68030

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    Yes performance was upgrading the GPU seems to be the best bang for the buck
     
  6. bethpapa74 macrumors newbie

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    get the 2.7Ghz becos of its 8mb L3 cache
     
  7. sneak3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Whats the difference among them besides the cache? And how much does cache impact real world usage?
     
  8. NickPhamUK macrumors 6502

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    I think if you don't render then just buy the 2.6GHz and upgrade the GPU to 460. The extra cash on the CPU is hardly worth it, spend it on the GPU or SSD.
     
  9. sneak3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Both options, from 2.6 to 2.7 and 2.6 to 2.9 youd say are not worth it?

    I do use photoshop a lot and with big brushes and large canvases, maybe a beefer CPU would impact?
     
  10. jackoatmon macrumors 6502a

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    I had this same question myself (2.6 v 2.7) and concluded (for better or worse) that the +2mb of L3 cache wasn't worth $150. My inner nerd kinda wishes I got the 2.7, but when i go out for a fancy dinner sometime soon with my lady, I'll just tell myself: this is in exchange for 100mhz and 2mb of L3 cache. And I sure as heck am not gonna change order and wait an extra month at the back of the queue haha.

    I think honestly the 2.9 is probably not worth it at all though. The other 2 are arguable. I'm sure it'll make some milliseconds of difference in your life. Maybe you'll even waste an hour over the course of 5 years, waiting for L3 cache paging to occur. Who knows?

    But in the end, it's all just time. Time spent waiting on rendering. Time spent obsessing about configurations.

    They're all great processors.

    Def get the GPU upgrade though, as everyone has been saying.
     
  11. Fireball Dragon, Nov 13, 2016
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  12. NickPhamUK macrumors 6502

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    Faster by 10%.

    You decide whether 10% is worth it, in my opinion save the $300 and get yourself a nice belt or a pair of shoes.
     
  13. sneak3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    From 2.6 to 2.7 is 10% as well?
     
  14. Spoony Bard macrumors regular

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    No, it's 2-3%, if memory serves. It's actually proportional to the price increase if you configure all else to be the same.

    Also of note, Intel's stated price on the 2.6 and 2.7 is identical. Make of that what you will.
     
  15. sneak3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What about the bigger cache along with the extra 100mhz?
     
  16. Yoshimura, Nov 13, 2016
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    Check benchmarks... For example, last year MacBook Pro 2.5GHz and 2.8GHz have a score of 13325 and 13879 respectively. An improvement of only 4%.

    I went with the Pro 460 with 4GB instead.
     
  17. Spoony Bard macrumors regular

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    That's where the 2-3% comes from. The difference between the 2 processors is marginal.
     

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