2.6 i7 worth the Upgrade

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  1. mashinhead macrumors 68020

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    Is the 2.6 ghz version worth the upgrade for the rMBP
     
  2. FelicityW macrumors regular

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    I don't know. What I do know is that I bought the top of the line 13" MBP in 2009 w/ the SSD drive, and it is still very usable. So, I just ordered the top of the line again. If I can go four more years without having a computer that has significant necessary upgrades for me, I am grateful. I waited for 16GB of RAM (why I didn't buy the last version of 13" MBPr) and I am thrilled to get 1TB of SSD (I had to move all my music off to my Time Capsule about a year and a half ago) and so for $200 bucks it seemed silly not to get the faster processor.
     
  3. Dangerdog3000 macrumors member

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    Depends on what you're doing with the laptop. In most situations the clock speed won't make a difference. It comes into play if you're doing video/photo/music encoding/decoding or anything that's heavily dependent on the CPU.

    If you're buying this as a web browsing machine... no.
     
  4. mashinhead thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Video/Graphics
     
  5. bernhard, Oct 22, 2013
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    100MHz is not even 4% raw compute power, if you utilize your processor to 100% constantly, it may matter.

    was:
    (6MB to 8MB L3 Cache, thats way more relevant than the 100MHz (not even 4%) - not true, both have 6MB)
     
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  8. mashinhead thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Am I missing something. They both say 6MB L3 Cache
     
  9. *~Kim~* macrumors 6502

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    Initially I was going to go for the i7, but then I realised that you could get the faster of the 2 i5's and a RAM upgrade for the same money.
     
  10. bluedoggiant macrumors 68030

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    Coming from the 2.3GHz i7 in the 15", I assume the 2.6GHz isn't worth the upgrade unless all you do is compress video?
     
  11. mashinhead thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Any other thoughts? Just asking because I want to pull the trigger on this today!:)
     
  12. bernhard macrumors member

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    obviously I'm unable to read tables (wikipedia), yes, they both have 6MB cache.
    Sorry!
     
  13. Kariya macrumors 68000

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    That table shows its not worth it
     
  14. Ifti macrumors 68000

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    I upgraded to the 2.6 for these reason:

    1. Just to have a max spec :eek:
    2. I got a heavy discount on the entire machine
    3. I will be using it for video editing so the faster the CPU the faster I can render - although it will only probably save seconds or a couple of mins at the most anyways!

    All in all, its probaly not worth it! lol :D
     

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