2.7-2.8ghz: worth the money?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by IKBest, May 27, 2013.

  1. IKBest macrumors member

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    I'm going to buy a 15" rMBP soon and plan to buy the following configuration:

    Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz
    16GB 1600MHz memory
    512GB flash storage1
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory

    But I can't decide wether it's worth $250 to upgrade the processor to 2.8ghz instead of 2.7ghz.

    I'm a freelance videographer and photographer, I use my Mac for video editing in FCS and photo editing in Adobe creative suite. Is it worth $250? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. cirus macrumors 6502a

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    No. Literally only a few % difference (unnoticeable outside of benchmarks). If you are making lost of money and you absolutely need more speed (like something gets done in 9:45 vs 10:00) then it might be worthwhile. But generally if you have to ask then you probably don't need it.
     
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  4. TheBearman macrumors 6502

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    It really is just 3% faster in benchmarks with the .1mhz and 2mb of additional cache. Even with your processor intensive work it really is hard to justify.
     
  5. Pentad macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not trying to sound arrogant, but I am a professional user. I have 9 spaces running and each space has an intense application running. I use multiple VMs, multiple IDEs, and DBMS.

    I normally purchase the upgraded CPU for the following reasons:

    -My time is valuable and I bill accordingly. Let's say that on a large compile, video convert, or whatever, I gain 2 mins over the slower CPU. That 2 min gain multiplied hundreds of times a year adds up to a great deal of time.

    -Most people here are trying to decide between 8 and 16 GB of ram. I'm thinking "Boy, if I could get 32 GB I could open four more VMs to do such and such testing..."

    -I upgrade every year so it increases the resale value.


    This isn't for everyone. This is right for me. However, I make money with my MBPr, it is the most important tool that I use, and if I can get it to work faster than it is valuable to me.

    Good luck!
    -P
     
  6. dtziheucdavis macrumors newbie

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    I got your exam same configuration about two weeks ago. I got the upgraded processor because I figured "what the heck". It's only $100 and the laptop is so expensive already. But yeah I agree it's not gonna make a difference at all almost. Just remember it's impossible to upgrade later though.
     
  7. dekka007 macrumors member

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    You get more CPU L3 Cache with the 2.8ghz.

    It is a bigger speed bump than just the .1Ghz in clock speed.
     
  8. Bear macrumors G3

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    People always seem to forget that, just as they forget some applications can actually make use of the all the cores an i7 has.

    This is a tough call, the processing speed isn't that much. The cache increase only really helps for some applications.

    You will have a performance improvement, the question is if it will be noticeable to you or not.
     
  9. Ifti macrumors 68000

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    I would say go for it. I probably will! Purely for the fact that I will want it to last as long as it possibly can since its not something that can be upgraded later; and when I'm spending that much in the first place may as well spend the little extra!
     
  10. MacEver macrumors newbie

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    Do it...else you may regrest when it's too late.
     
  11. fratey macrumors regular

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    The speed difference is almost exactly 4,7 percent according to Geekbench, which makes sense (100mhz is a 3,7 difference, and then some small gains from the L3 cache)

    Ergo, if you urgently need a 4,7 percent difference, you probably would win more by waiting two weeks for Haswell.
     

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