2014 rMBP or Discounted Late 2013?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by t1223, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. t1223 macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2014
    Hello, I'm having a tough time deciding between which MacBook to buy, mainly because I don't know the differences between the two so I figured I would come here. I cant decide between the 2014 Macbook 15" base (model number MGXA2LL/A) for $1749 or the later 2013 Macbook 15 Model #ME294LL/A for $1949. The one for $1949 has a 2.3GHz processor versus 2.2GHz on 2014, 512GB SSD vs 256GB, and I believe it has the NVidia graphics card (the website doesn't say it does but when I google that model number it says it does so I'm slightly confused). Are there any major updates on the 2014 MBP that makes it significantly better than 2013? Or if I dish out $200 more will I get a significantly better machine? I plan on keeping it for around 4 years through out all of college. Thank you, I'm trying to make a decision by this Saturday.
  2. t1223 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2014
    Also does anyone know if B&H will match Best Buys prices of $1,999 because that would save a lot in tax.
  3. MikeVera macrumors regular

    May 5, 2014
    What are you planning to use it for? Any gaming?

    The Iris Pro in the Base 2014 15 rmbp is quite potent with medium gaming (although the Nvidia GT 750 will excel in many gaming situations due to the architecture just being better geared towards gaming engines that are optimized for it). In addition, the additional VRAM with the discrete card will help out if you really want to crank the texture quality up

    I would say that unless you really need to save the $200 or so, I would get the higher end model, as the extra storage space and discrete GPU are always nice to have.

    The model with the discrete GPU will run a little warmer (especially in bootcamp, as I believe bootcamp locks in the discrete GPU, which will cause potentially lower battery life, and the computer may run a little warm).

    All in all, it really depends on what you are trying to do. I play medium/light games, but mainly do some photo and video editing, along with garageband, etc on my Base 2014 rmbp. I have also had the higher in model as well, in the past. In the end I felt the base model met my needs the best. The i7, and iris pro are still very capable of some serious processing as well, so I'm happy.
  4. t1223 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2014
    If I'm not mistaken there are basically no differences between late 2013 and mid 2014 MacBook? Besides a slightly more efficient processor. So for $200 more I would be getter a significantly better laptop
  5. MacInTO macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2005
    Canada, eh!
    2014 is only a processor speed increase over 2013. It's your choice.
  6. blooperz macrumors 6502

    Dec 10, 2013
    I'd go with the 2013...theres basically no difference between late 2013 and early 2014 models. The processor change was pretty much negligible.

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