macrumors member
Original poster
Apr 28, 2012
I've decided the price gap between the 256GB and 512GB from a storage standpoint is unjustifiable when I can simply purchase a 1TB external for any extra data I may need to save.

The only question I have is there a noticeable difference between the 2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 and the 2.6GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7?

I will be using the computer for intensive music production, graphic design and web development. I also will be running some music production software through bootcamp with both USB slots being occupied by midi devices. I've already decided on 16GB RAM.


macrumors member
Jul 17, 2007
Is it worth the $250 upgrading from a 2.6 to a 2.7? Seems a bit high for such a minor bump....


macrumors newbie
Mar 10, 2012
Worth getting for advanced software?

I'm an engineering student, using advance software. For advance software use, would the .3 ghz increase be noticeable or worth it for about $200?


macrumors regular
Jun 19, 2012
Unless you are rendering for days on end you likely will not notice a 10% increase in speed, if that is the case then using a mobile computer for anything that intensive is complete waste since you can get a desktop that will crunch numbers faster than a Ultimate MBP for less than $1000.

CPU upgrades are very much if you can afford it get it just for the sake of getting it.

There is nothing that you will do during an undergraduate degree that will require you to have a current generation quad core processor. The depth of your study into any programming language will likely be shallow with more focus on theory into creating efficient algorithms etc. rather than anything extremely complex.
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