2.6ghz i7 quad or 3.1ghz i7 dual - not sure which I need?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by amanda1234, Apr 7, 2015.

  1. amanda1234 macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2015
    I'm having trouble deciding between a rMBP 15" 2.6ghz i7 quad core retina or a new MBP 13" 3.1ghz i7 dual core retina. They're about the same price, and both have 8G RAM and 256 flash storage. The rMBP comes with a GPU (NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory) and the MBP (13") doesn't.

    I usually have the following things open (and am constantly flipping between them): MS word (with markups), MS excel, SPSS (several datasets) and/or R/Rstudio, preview, chrome (several tabs and windows), and MS powerpoint. I'd like to have this laptop for 5+ years.

    No real gaming, photo editing or video editing needs.

    Any advice on which is better suited to me? Thank you in advance!! :)
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Either will be fine

    For that use case it seems that speed is more important than cores, especially in RStudio (unless you custom tailor the software to leverage your multicores it runs on one core by default).

    To be honest yoyr biggest concern will be screen size, massive data sets are easier to manage on a bigger screen.

    The 13 inch will be good as the CPU is much newer and will be just as good in single core apps.

    For once I'll reccomend more RAM the better for your use, but 8gb will be absolutely fine. Maybe take a look at a refurb 2013/2014 15 inch without the dGPU it seems best for your use.

    This would be perfect....

  3. amanda1234 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2015
    Ah ok I see. I'll opt for a newer CPU. Thanks so much!!

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