2015 i7 15" vs. 2016 i5 13"

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  1. ApleSmaple1981, Jan 23, 2017
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    ApleSmaple1981 macrumors member

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    Hey all.

    I am in a bit of a decision making rut. I am using an early 2015 MacBook Air 11" to do basic word processing etc. for work and sold my 2013 iMac 27" to downsize and bring in portability at home. I would like to to be able to do some video editing (4k and 1080p) as well as use LightRoom etc. and am stuck between purchasing a refurbished 15" i7 late 2015 MBP or a new 13" i5 2016 MBP. I can't seem to find tests or comparisons between the two and was looking for guidance.

    So do I go with the

    1) 15" i7 2015
    2) 13" i5 2016

    Thanks!
     
  2. roberthallin macrumors member

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    What clock speeds are you considering? The i7 from 2015 is a lot faster than the 2016 i5 as far as benchmarks go, as well as being quad core.
     
  3. frankgrimes macrumors 6502a

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    if you are into video editing and plan to run a 4k resolution a quad core and 16gigabytes of ram will result in much better results than the dual core of the 13 inch
     
  4. ApleSmaple1981, Jan 23, 2017
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    ApleSmaple1981 thread starter macrumors member

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    Here is what I am considering:

    1. 2016 13" MBP 2.9ghz i5 16gb RAM 256 SSD ($1,879)
    2. 2015 15" MBP 2.2ghz i7 16gb RAM 256 Flash ($1,699)


    Thoughts?
     
  5. mcomp112 macrumors regular

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    Go for the 15 inch. The quad core will make editing much smoother. And it's cheaper.
     
  6. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Go for the 15". It'll be MUCH faster, and the screen real estate is hard to beat.

    And you don't have to put up with the keyboard and trackpad of the 2016.
     
  7. Hieveryone macrumors 68020

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    If it was me, I'd get the 15"
     
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    I did replace my mbp 2016 to a 2015 15" i7.
    I did replace the mbp 2016 3 times!
    Then it was enoff for me, could not take it.
    So I did buy the i7 it's much faster and for starter it works!
     
  14. Dingado macrumors member

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    What battery life are you guys getting with word processing / youtube watching?
     
  15. jharvey71884 macrumors regular

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    I would say the 15 as well...

    But I will say this. I took a FCP project today to the Apple Store on a hard drive. Wanted to compare the same computers you are, but the 13 only had 8 gbs.

    The rendering time and exporting time between the two machines was a lot less than I thought it would be. Quad core only exported the 2 minute project about 18 seconds faster.
     
  16. jerryk macrumors 68020

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    I am pretty sure FCP pre-renders in the background. So much of the "rendering" is just writing from the pre-rendered file to the final file.
     
  17. jharvey71884 macrumors regular

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    You can turn background rendering off.
     
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