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keep or exchange for m7?

  • keep m5

    Votes: 26 63.4%
  • exchange for m7

    Votes: 15 36.6%

  • Total voters
    41

HonestChicken

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Jul 13, 2016
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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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Fernandez21

macrumors 601
Jun 16, 2010
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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.
 

jas07

macrumors regular
Oct 13, 2011
197
54
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.
 

doboy

macrumors 68040
Jul 6, 2007
3,603
2,593
I would keep the m5. Only reason I got m7 is because work paid for it ;)
 

Outrigger

macrumors 68000
Dec 22, 2008
1,765
96
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 :)

you won't see a difference in real world usage esp for your usage.
 
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HonestChicken

macrumors member
Original poster
Jul 13, 2016
58
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Thank you very much guys :)
[doublepost=1468516891][/doublepost]
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.
May I ask what games do u run on it?
 

KPOM

macrumors P6
Oct 23, 2010
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Thank you very much guys :)
[doublepost=1468516891][/doublepost]
May I ask what games do u run on it?
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.
 

duervo

macrumors 68020
Feb 5, 2011
2,437
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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.

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.
 

ShionoyaTamaki

macrumors 6502
Oct 9, 2011
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T'hain Esh Kelch

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Aug 5, 2001
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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 :)
If you think Word having 4% less spin wheel is worth 150$ to you, by all means, go for it. (2894/3023 = 0,96)
 

Queen6

macrumors G3
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 :)

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
 
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Fernandez21

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Jun 16, 2010
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Thank you very much guys :)
[doublepost=1468516891][/doublepost]
May I ask what games do u run on it?
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.
 
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gman901

macrumors 6502a
Sep 1, 2007
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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?
 

ShionoyaTamaki

macrumors 6502
Oct 9, 2011
403
29
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?

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.
 
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Fernandez21

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Jun 16, 2010
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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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