2012 MacBook Pro 15

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Yaccity, May 26, 2016.

  1. Yaccity macrumors member

    Yaccity

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    i just picked up a used 2012 MacBook Pro 15 on eBay with an i7 Quad (Ivy Bridge) and the Hi-Res Matte screen. I have a couple of questions...

    1) what would be a good SSD for this machine? I was looking at the San Disk Ultra II

    2) Which OS should I use in general...Mavericks or El Capitan?

    Thanks in advance
    --- Post Merged, May 26, 2016 ---
    The computer will be used as a duly driver for office tasks, music, YouTube watching, and perhaps light illustrator - nothing major.
     
  2. emilioestevez Suspended

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    1. SanDisk, Samsung, Toshiba are the top SSD makers

    2. Mavericks for the best performance
     
  3. MacInTO macrumors 6502a

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    Nice! I also just got one of these a few weeks ago!

    I put a 1TB Samsung 850 PRO in mine. I use El Capitan.
     
  4. Yaccity thread starter macrumors member

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    I have a Ultra II on order but I'm not sure if the Samsung is a better option..
     
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    I prefer crucial drives myself like the mx200 series, but all modern drives max out a SATA 3 connection so it's not all that important which one you get they'll all outlive a 4 year old laptop whatever.
     
  6. Yaccity thread starter macrumors member

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    I got a pretty good deal on a Samsung 850 Pro at my local Microcenter today. I'll stick with that, and add 16GB or ram. I am hoping to get a year or two out of the machine.
     
  7. DFWHD macrumors regular

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    I'd think with those upgrades, you'd get 2 years out of it easily if not more.
     
  8. Count Blah macrumors 68030

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    Depends on what you are doing. As long as you don't need a beefy GPU, and quite frankly non of the MBP line has a top notch one, you will be fine for a long time to come.

    When you long in the tooth for an upgrade, I recommend you perform a simple set of test - rip movie, etc... And compare the 2012 against whatever you would replace it with, and marvel at how little difference there really will be.

    Again, anything GPU related will lag horribly, and moving 100Gig files will lag as well. But if you are not in need of either, then ...
     

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