2.9GHz or 3.1GHz

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by cosmindavid, Nov 1, 2016.

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Which one should I get for my needs?

  1. 2.9 GHz

    10 vote(s)
    76.9%
  2. 3.1 GHz

    3 vote(s)
    23.1%
  1. cosmindavid macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hi guys,

    Just a quick one, I'm preparing to buy a new Macbook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Grey, and I'm quite indecisive between the 2.9GHz version or 3.1GHz (for £90.00 extra).

    To be honest I was thinking between the new Macbook Pro or the Surface Book. Most likely I'm going with the Macbook, because I already have an iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch.

    I always used Windows but I would like to change to macOS.

    I will be using it for day-to-day tasks, browsing, watching movies etc, nothing to push it like video editing or Photoshop.

    My question is, will it be a big difference if I would pick the 3.1 GHz instead of 2.9 GHz in terms of performance?

    Many thanks,

    David
     
  2. chabig macrumors 68040

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    #2
    I'm going to wait until we see reviews and benchmarks in a few more weeks, but I doubt there is much difference. Still, $100 doesn't break me so I'd get the 3.1GHz machine. I don't think the Core i7 chip will make a $300 difference. I did get the i7 in my 11" Air but in the older Intel generation the i7 had a larger L3 cache. I don't see that with the 6th generation chips.
     
  3. kschendel macrumors 6502a

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    They are both i5's with the same amount of L3 cache, if I read the specs right. You'll see maybe 10% difference in raw compute power, and I can't imagine it making a perceptible difference in general use.
     
  4. cruisin macrumors 6502a

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    Unless you do tasks that have a progress bar, you won't really see the difference. On the other hand, its £90 so if the indecision is a big problem you can just get it and never worry about it.
     
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    #5
    The CPU will make very little difference, and for your use any Apple laptop currently sold will be lightening fast.
     

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