2.5GHz i5 to 2.9GHz i7 worth it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Jaben3421, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. Jaben3421 macrumors regular

    Sep 18, 2011
    Hi everyone,
    I was looking at the retina display MacBooks and wondering, was the 2.5GHz i5 to 2.9GHz i7 processor upgrade worth it. Upgrading that and upgrading to a 256GB SSD is the same price, so if it's not worth it that much, I could use the money towards the bigger SSD. I'm going to be word processing, using Parallels for some windows only apps for school, using Chrome and iTunes, Pixlemator, and Aperture. I don't know, but I might need Final Cut Pro for a film class.
  2. xmnj macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2007
    Not sure of your budget, but I just picked up the 2.9 i7 with 256GB ssd from macmall.com for $1551 which they normally sell for $1599. Go to appleinsider.com and look on the right side, they post a coupon code for a discount.
  3. nando4 macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2009
    You are comparing the i5-3210M 2.5/3.1 to the i7-3520M 2.9/3.6. They are both dual-core CPUs. Tthe CPU clock speed will be 14% more for the i7 meaning CPU processing tasks will be a little quicker.. but the rest of the system iGPU, RAM, SSD will work at the same speed.

    As the CPU is soldered on the systemboard it cannot be upgraded down the track. Same goes with the SSD and RAM which I consider more important when determining the rMBP spec.

    FYI: the MSRP is $121 more for the i7.

    The larger difference in performance would be seen if you acquired the 15" rMBP. It has the quad-core CPU and a GT650M dGPU and is marginally heavier/larger than the 13" rMBP. Good for gaming on too.
  4. ShiggyMiyamoto macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2004
    Just outside Boston, MA.
  5. Stetrain, Mar 26, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2013

    Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    I would go with the 2.6Ghz/256GB model in your situation. The 128GB SSD could get a bit cramped when you add in Windows and Parallels and a couple of film projects.

    Edit: That 2.9Ghz/256GB deal at MacMall posted above actually looks like a pretty awesome deal.
  6. Jaben3421 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 18, 2011
    Thanks for all the replies. I think the deal at Appleinsider is awesome. I'll probably go with that. Thanks again for the suggestion.

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