2016 MacBook m5 vs m7

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Alexanderyan, Jul 14, 2016.

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keep or exchange for m7?

  1. keep m5

    26 vote(s)
    63.4%
  2. exchange for m7

    15 vote(s)
    36.6%
  1. Alexanderyan macrumors newbie

    Alexanderyan

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    Hi everyone,

    I was looking at benchmarks from different sources (including this forum) It seems to me that the m5 is pretty close to m7 in terms of performance. *Attachments

    However, in Geekbench 3 the m7 seems to be significantly higher than m5.
    "The mid-tier 1.2GHz Intel Core m5 MacBook earns average single-core and multi-core scores of 2,894 and 5,845.

    The high-end 1.3GHz Intel Core m7 MacBook earns average single and multi-core scores of 3,023 and 6,430."

    In terms of web browsing (I tend to open a lot of tabs), Microsoft words, movie watching, emails, and dealing with documents. Would the m7 be noticeably faster than the m5?

    Right now I have the m5 and when I click save as in Microsoft word, I do have spinning wheel sometimes, should I return it and get the m7 instead (if it's way faster)?

    Thank you very much :)
     

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  2. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    Im in the same boat. Got the M5 but do notice th occasional spinning ball and on the few games I've run, they occasional drop frames, wondering if the M7 would remedy this or not. I got until the end of next week to decide.
     
  3. jas07 macrumors regular

    jas07

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    Ive just got the m7 and I have to say I'm really impressed, I haven't used the m5 to compare however I've not had a single spinning ball or slow down on me yet. Honestly didn't think it was going to be this good.
     
  4. doboy macrumors 68000

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    I would keep the m5. Only reason I got m7 is because work paid for it ;)
     
  5. Outrigger macrumors 68000

    Outrigger

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    you won't see a difference in real world usage esp for your usage.
     
  6. Alexanderyan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Alexanderyan

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    Thank you very much guys :)
    --- Post Merged, Jul 14, 2016 ---
    May I ask what games do u run on it?
     
  7. KPOM macrumors G5

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    There was a thread a few weeks ago with real world benchmarks. There was a noticeable increase between the m3 and m5 but much less between the m5 and m7 for both the CPU and GPU.
     
  8. duervo macrumors 68000

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    If it were me, I'd return that for a refund, and then get the m7 and try it out. If you find the diff is negligible enough to not justify the additional cost of the m7, then you can return the m7 and get the m5 again.
     
  9. ShionoyaTamaki macrumors 6502

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  10. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

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    If you think Word having 4% less spin wheel is worth 150$ to you, by all means, go for it. (2894/3023 = 0,96)
     
  11. Queen6, Jul 15, 2016
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    Queen6 macrumors 603

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    I have a 2015 1.2 (equivalent model to 2016 M5) no issues with Word even with multiple documents open. Right now my rMB has 20 Spaces open across Finder, Safari (50+ tabs), Word (6 Docs) Excel (7 Docs), OneNote, iTunes, VPN, encrypted Cloud, Text Edit & Terminal. RMB has been running under pretty much the same load since I started the project over 30 days ago.

    UI transitions are slowing, however all core apps are running fine with no issue. Might be worth checking for any Office updates as it may improve performance, if not the issue lies elsewhere.

    Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 21.17.41.png

    2015 rMB on 10.10.5

    Q-6
     
  12. ShionoyaTamaki macrumors 6502

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    2015 1.2 is more equiv to a 2016 m3 in terms of cpu performance.
     
  13. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Even better then! :)

    My 2015 1.2 handles everything I give it just fine.
     
  14. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Kind of meant the position in the range, your right on the performance.

    Q-6
     
  15. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    Nothing too taxing, Dino D-Day, Gary's Mod, Don't Starve, FNAF, GTA. I do set them to max settings though.

    Also, for some reason windows 10 seems to be running better than OSx, wonder if my problem is more because of a bad install than being under powered? Regardles, I ordered the M7 version and should be getting it next week.
     
  16. gman901 macrumors 6502a

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    I have the base 2015 version and starting to run out of storage (because I created a Bootcamp partition). I watch videos, some productivity, manage photos, iTunes and some gaming (Diablo, older games from 2014 and earlier). Would it makes sense to get the 2015 1.2 version for under $1200 out the door or get the 2016 M5 version for $1700 (includes tax)? Would I notice much of a difference?
     
  17. ShionoyaTamaki macrumors 6502

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    m5 would be 10-15% faster and for your activities would probably not notice it to merit an extra 500. The biggest difference would probably be 1hr better battery life.
     
  18. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

    Fernandez21

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    Just got my m7 today, and it does feel snappier to me. Going to site like the verge load a little quicker when compared to my i7 Macbook air (2011) while on my m5 macbook it felt slower. still haven't tried any games yet, I'm waiting until all my icloud files download, but even with that running in the background its performing much better. I would say if you can afford it, get the m7.
     

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