2016 nTB base model vs 2017 nTB base model

Ramic90

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Hi guys,

I am really on a tight budget, so what do you think, should I buy:

- 2016 (SkyLake 2.0Ghz 256gb - base model) or
- 2017 (Kaby Lake 2.3Ghz 128gb - base model)

Is the performance of the Kaby Lake and 2.3Ghz greater than the lack of 256 on it, compared to the 2.0 Ghz with 256gb?

The price is the same where I’m from.
 

zedsdead

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You’re probably better off with the extra storage space than the performance, but it depends on what you do. Generally speaking for most tasks you won’t see a noticeable difference between those machines and the 128gb is limiting unless you use mostly cloud services like google.

Kaby Lake will be better for high end 4K video playback or intensive tasks like video editing. Other wise the sky lake model will be more than good enough.
 

Ramic90

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I’m really not into video editing stuff, and 4k playback is not at all important. :)

Maybe, just maybe I should go with the 250eur more expensive 2016 2.9, 256, TB?

Also, all 256 are only left in Silver and I’m so into SG.
 

ZapNZs

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How tight is the budget?
What are your storage uses and requirements?
How will you use the computer?

If the budget is extremely tight, is the 2015 MacBook Pro or the 2015 MacBook Air available in your area for a majorly discounted price? The reason I ask is because the 2015 MacBook Air here in the US can often be found for literally 1/2 the price of the 2017 MacBook Pro - if on a budget, the MBA could serve as a nice machine for a year or two or three until things become more financially viable to purchase whichever MacBook Pro model you want where you will not be limited by price. Further, even if you keep a MBA or 2015 MBP for just a year or two, it will still have very good resale value when you go to upgrade.
 

Ramic90

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Thanks guys!

I am from Slovenia. This 2016 256gb/2017 128gb is 1610eur, and 2016 2.9 256 with Touch Bar is 1860eur. The refurbs are not available.

MBA is not an option at all because of the retina screen lacking, although it can be bought for 999eur 128/1199eur 256gb.

2015. Retina MBP is only available in 128gb and the price is 1380eur.

So, that is the reason the choice came down to only 2016/2017 MBP.
 

maerz001

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well i would go for at least 256GB as there is no 3rd party SSD to upgrade as with older MB models!

But how much storage u need is ur personal thing:) how much do u use now on your computer? or can u live with external storage or cloud based...
 

Ramic90

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I just did some perhaps stupid thing, but I am more than happy with it haha. Just bought 2017 12” Macbook base model. :)
 
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Seekingshred

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I have more or less the same dilemma however I do lots of video editing and I'm between the MBP2016 16gbram vs MBP 2017 8gbram.

I don't know how much more will Kaby bring vs the more Ram Skylake would have o_O
 

Ramic90

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I don’t think ram is all that important for video editing. CPU power is what does that kind of job. ;)

P.S. 12” is really ultra cool portable, omg, but should have gone with the $250 more 2016 13” TB base model. Nevermind, it’s gold haha. :D
 

maerz001

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I have more or less the same dilemma however I do lots of video editing and I'm between the MBP2016 16gbram vs MBP 2017 8gbram.

I don't know how much more will Kaby bring vs the more Ram Skylake would have o_O
for 4K HEVC encoding/decoding at 10-bit depths, or VP9 decoding—two things that Kaby Lake does natively in hardware. But besides of that u just gain about 5%.

Well when u do video editing on a daily basis for living you should consider a quad core CPU. 15" or iMac
 

Seekingshred

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for 4K HEVC encoding/decoding at 10-bit depths, or VP9 decoding—two things that Kaby Lake does natively in hardware. But besides of that u just gain about 5%.

Well when u do video editing on a daily basis for living you should consider a quad core CPU. 15" or iMac
TBH I don't really get who's using HEVC 10 bit? I process from 4k Hero black, nikon d750, and about to buy into sony a7 which uses avchd??
 
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