2013 15" MBPr to New 13" MBPr

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  1. Robster3, Jan 30, 2014
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    Robster3 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2012
    I am thinking of selling my early 2013 base model 15" MBPr and getting the 13" 8gb 512gb or. My wife has a Early 2013 13" Base so have compared size and would like the 13" plus i need more storage.

    Will i notice much difference good or bad between the 2? I don't game or do too much heavy stuff. Mainly photos and video in iPhoto/imovie.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If you have an "early" 2013 rMBP then its probably the Ivy Bridge chipset. That means you have a discrete GPU and integrated GPU.

    The only real difference between the 13" and 15" is that the 15" rMBP gives you a bigger screen, more ram and SSD.

    I found the 13" laptop too constraining for my photos, I used to use Lightroom and photoshop, now I use Aperture but in both cases the lack of screen real estate was a hinderence for me.
  3. Robster3, Jan 30, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2014

    Robster3 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2012
    Thanks, at the time April 2013 i should of got the 15" 16/512 model, was only $600 more, lesson learned. I do like my 15" just thought if i was to get another may try a 13". I can get a new 15" 2.3 16/512 for $330 less than Apple but change over would be about $1,300. Or a 2.6 13" 16/512 for $900 change over. Mine is a 2.4 i7 8/256.
    Would i notice any difference?
  4. durkkin macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2013
    Scaling on the 13" is really nice. I leave mine at 1680x1050 all the time and I love it. Plenty of real estate even tho the screen is physically smaller. The Haswell chipset is more "efficient" in terms of clock cycles, so even a CPU of the same speed will seem faster. Since you do photos and video, it's probably worth it to get 16GB RAM just in case your photo/video needs increase in the future. With the upgraded RAM and SSD and I don't think you'll regret going to a 13" at all.

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