2016 MBP- Benefits of the i5 to i7 upgrade

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  1. skids929 macrumors 6502a

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    Is this potentially worth it? I mean in terms of performance day to day? I am a fairly light user but want a fast laptop that gives me many years of service. Would the upgrade to the i7 theoretically hold me over a little longer than an i5?

    Sorry if this is a stupid question.
     
  2. bethpapa74 macrumors newbie

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    No. in your case an i3 might serve you well enough already.
     
  3. skids929 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Probably true! The temptation to spec up at initial order is always there. To be honest if I didn't want the touchbar the stock MB with the F keys would be fine. But I'd like to get many years out of this machine so I don't mind specing it up a little.
     
  4. Wowereit macrumors 6502a

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    The CPU upgrade is the most overpriced and least useful upgrade option.
    Before even considering it, you should upgrade RAM and SSD.
     
  5. skids929 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That I definitely upgraded..16MB and 512GB.
     
  6. Wowereit macrumors 6502a

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    As you are a light user, you won't notice any difference and by the time the processor becomes obsolete, another 5-7% performance gain wouldn't change that at all.

    The best option would be saving the money and investing it in upgrading after in example 4 instead of 5 years.
     
  7. sbpax macrumors member

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  8. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

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    Some reviewers are saying that unless you have a pre 2013 MBP, this one isn't worth the upgrade. So certainly i5-i7 won't be much of a difference.
     
  9. skids929 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I am on a 11 white MB!! :)

    this will be like going from a Prius to a Lamorghini!
     
  10. bmustaf macrumors regular

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    I don't think that's completely true. The i7 are higher binned chips and have more cache as well. Doesn't mean you necessarily need it, but it's not just a label change.

    I don't have a spec sheet in front of me, but architecturally they are very similar, of course, and the only difference is really binning/what is disabled/enabled and how they perform/rate when coming out of the fab process, but it's not at all accurate to say i7 is just marketing.

     
  11. dumastudetto macrumors 68020

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    There's huge improvements in graphics performance, dramatically faster SSD performance, real innovation with the touch bar and touch id. I couldn't imagine any serious Mac fan wanting to stay even with the previous generation MBP. You simply have to upgrade to one of these new machines.
     
  12. sbpax macrumors member

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    Dude. I linked the intel ARK comparison ffs. Just read it, they are identical.
     
  13. burgman macrumors 65816

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    There is a term for that :)
     
  14. pookitoo macrumors regular

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    Ok but I don't know if I make a mistake but dual i7 have hyper threading so they have 2 more virtual core ? Doesn't impact performances ?
     
  15. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    The i5 also has hyper threading, i7 offers in this case only a very small performance boost, that the vast majority of users will never notice outside of giving Apple another $300...

    Q-6
     
  16. pookitoo macrumors regular

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    Thank a lot for your reply ! I have no more remorse (I ordered 13 inch tb I5 / 16 go ram / 512 SSD, but so many doubt to haven't take the I7)

    I can serenely wait to receive mine ;)
     

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