2015 M5 vs 2016 M3

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  1. JokerPower macrumors newbie

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    Hello!

    What would you suggest to buy?

    - Model 2015 with Core M5 and 512 GB SSD
    or
    - Model 2016 with Core M3 and 256 GB SSD

    Both almost the same price
     
  2. petsk macrumors 6502

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    2016 m3 is faster. Choose 2015 only if you know that you need the extra storage.
     
  3. JokerPower thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Strange, 2015 Core M 1.2 GHz is faster in turbo boost compared to 2016 M3
     
  4. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Really the processors come up near as damn it the same. Storage speeds are different.

    But my question is what are you using it for??
     
  5. JokerPower thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This will be my first Mac computer, but not first Apple product (iPods, iPhones, iPads, Watch)

    My requirements:
    - work with office documents (Word, PowerPoint)
    - some light photo editing
    - browsing (multiple tabs)
    - media consumption
     
  6. lowkey macrumors 6502

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    the CPU speeds are going to be similar. if the 2015 M5 isn't fast enough for you, the 2016 M3 won't be either.
    the storage is double.

    if you work with a server or iCloud, 256GB storage will be fine. If you have loads of photos and music, go with the 512.
     
  7. petsk macrumors 6502

    petsk

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    The m3 2016 is winning all departments except storage size. The CPU, GPU and SSD are all faster on the m3 2016. Also keep in mind that Apple will drop support sooner for the 2015 model.

    http://barefeats.com/macbook2016.html
     

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