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cstm

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Are there any serious downsides with going with the i9 2.9 other than money? I don't need it, but I don't mind throwing $300 extra on a 4k machine. Is it gonna eat the battery faster for example?
 

DeanPSN

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There are no downsides other than the price difference.
Some says it actually has a bit better battery since it has higher clock speed and doesn't need to turbo as much as the 2.2 or 2.6 CPU, but the difference should be minor anyway.
My i9 is perfect, solid battery life and runs really cool + top performance.

I would suggest to buy the i9 and give it a try. You have 14 days to return it if you are not happy and get the 2.6 instead. That should be the best option to help you decide.
 

adamjackson

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How long do you plan on owning this machine. do you think there's a possibility you would become interested in video editing, photography, machine learning, scientific tasks, CAD, virtual machines in the next 5 years?

When I bought my 2013 MacBook Pro with the Core i7, it was an extra $250. I didn't need the i7 over the i5 then. i wasn't editing 4K video or processing RAW images in Lightroom but around 2015 I started to and the machine held me over well to this day and I just bought the i9 MacBook Pro but the 2013 was still happily chugging along just at a slower pace give how my workload has changed. I'd say the SSD size is most important for most people unless you work entirely in the cloud then RAM and finally CPU.
 
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cstm

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Thanks for the replies. I am coming from a 2012 15 rmbp 2.6/16/256 which still runs perfectly fine after 4 top case replacements under warranty. I am now thinking of 2.9/32/1tb model, but was wondering if I would come to regret getting the top processor for some reason (runs too hot or wears the battery down). Video editing is a possibility in the future.
 

Scary Spice

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You will find that many miserly forum members will always recommend you cheap-out and buy the lowest priced crappy model available, but I never do.

If you buy the better model, when it comes to resale, many times you have a model that on the specs at least is similar to the current base models.

Also I think user enjoyment is invaluable as if you buy a properly optioned model, you don't have the regret regarding missing options (nowadays you can almost never add them later!)

Everything in moderation however, as my recent purchases of the I9 mbp and iMac Pro were loaded, except for only getting the 2TB SSDs as the 4TB SSDs put the price on each in the range of a good used car purchase!
 
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