2.0 ghz i5

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  1. sevoman macrumors member

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    Going to order the 13" non touchbar model
    Only two processor choices:
    - 2.0 ghz dual core i5 Turbo to 3.1 ghz
    - 2.4 ghz dual core i7 Turbo to 3.4 ghz

    I am for sure getting 16 gb ram + 256 ssd

    Question: Is there a marked difference between the 2.0 i5 vs the 2.4 i7 in terms of:
    -battery life
    -fan usage/noise
    -speed (web browsing, emails, spreadsheets, watching videos, occasional 1080p video editing)

    Want to order this thing soon, the processor choice is bugging me.
    I don't want to get an i7 if I don't need it and it will eat up battery... but the 2 ghz i5 does seem underpowered.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks!
     
  2. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 65816

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    Won't effect battery etc. Really not much point maxing out the base model, you won't notice a difference. I don't know what the cost of the upgrade is though, it could be worth it at $100 but honestly if it's several hundred I wouldn't bother. Especially for your use you just would never see the benefit, whereas that extra few hundred could go towards a fancy new chariot.
     
  3. sevoman thread starter macrumors member

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    The upgrade from i5 to i7 is $300
    Although I did read somewhere that having an i7 vs i5 does increase battery usage, under same usage.
    A golden chariot costs a lot, right now I'm good with my old one. ;)
     
  4. v0lume4 macrumors 65816

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    If you want me to be honest I think the i5 will be just fine. Core i5's are monsters. The most intensive task you named was editing 1080p video and I don't think the Core i5 will give you any issues with that.

    I'd only recommend the i7 if you were editing 4K footage from a high end camera like a RED or something.
     
  5. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 65816

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    As far as I know there really isn't much difference between i5/i7 in the dual core architecture. If you were wanting to spend that money you'd be best with the base MBP. Otherwise I vote just keep it vanilla, the i7 will not get you any closer to Horus.
     
  6. sevoman thread starter macrumors member

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    Merci!
     
  7. Yoshimura, Nov 23, 2016
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    Beside their clock frequencies, those i5 and i7 are exactly the same processor (same features and/or technologies).

    http://ark.intel.com/compare/91169,91156

    The only relevant difference is thus their turbo max frequency; 3.1GHz versus 3.4GHz.

    When loaded at 100%, wait times will be:

    32 msec instead of 30 msec
    32 sec instead of 30 sec
    32 min instead of 30 min

    Does it worth is $300?
     
  8. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Geekbench benchmarks show only 5%-10% difference between the 2.0GHz i5 and the 2.4GHz i7. Its unlikely you'll see the difference in real-world situations.

    The 2.0GHz chip, despite the seemingly low base clock speed, is definitely not underpowered. It's essentially the same speed as the high-end i7 13" model from 2015.
     
  9. sevoman thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, that was a good comparison.
    Considering they have the same number of cores... is the clock frequency the major indicator of performance?
    --- Post Merged, Nov 23, 2016 ---

    Thanks, I think I've made up my mind... non touchbar + i5 + 16 gigs + 256ssd
    BTW I read on laptop mag that the touchbar version gets 1 hour less battery life.
     
  10. Yoshimura macrumors regular

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    Since they are the same processor, yes.

    Multi-core benchmark are 7009 and 7560 respectively.

    https://browser.primatelabs.com/mac-benchmarks
     
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    Both processores are basically the same. In terms of future proofing, I believe it's way more important to upgrade the RAM and the SSD.
     
  13. v0lume4 macrumors 65816

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    Just wanted to add this in here since I didn't earlier. If you're curious as to what the difference is between the i5 and i7--it is hyperthreading. I could try and explain it, but I'd do a poor job. Linked below is a Wikipedia article on hyperthreading. :)

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyper-threading

    You might read that article and think "wait so you're telling me the i7 is an 8 core processor?!" (which it isn't), but most developers don't take advantage of hyperthreading in their apps. So for most folks, the i7 is a waste since the i5 is basically the same processor. Get the i5 for sure.
     
  14. coopercoop macrumors member

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    Personally I ditched the pricy i7 upgrade and got 16GB ram and 512SSD instead
     
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  16. Yoshimura macrumors regular

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    Both have hyperthreading. Both are exactly the same!

    http://ark.intel.com/compare/91169,91156
     
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    I thought it'd always been the case? (Barring random differences in lower powered versions). I thought i3 was dual core, i5 was dual core or quad core with hyper threading, and i7 was quad core with hyper threading? So i3 budget, i5 best value/performance, and i7 outright the winner!
     
  19. v0lume4 macrumors 65816

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    Okay. I feel like a colossal dumb dumb. I just checked the Apple website and I literally had no idea that the 13" MBP's are shipping with dual core processors (I should have read the OP more closely). I thought the 13" models shipped with quad cores like the 15".

    You two were right. On dual core chips, both i5 and i7 provide hyper threading ( I assume to make up for the lack of four cores). I just looked up the quad core chips and for those, the i5 doesn't have hyperthreading but the i7 does.

    Thanks for pointing that out to me!
     
  20. Qwe9203 macrumors member

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    The i5 and i7 will have similar battery with low use.
    On medium use i7 will use more battery about 10%.
    On high use i7 will use more battery about 15-20%.
     
  21. ModusPwnin' macrumors newbie

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    Is this from personal experience, or do you have a source?
     
  22. Peptide macrumors member

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    same
     

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