2017 13nTB i7 vs. 13TB

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Jamalogo10, Jun 23, 2017.


2017 13" nTB i7 or TB i7?

  1. nTB i7 512 16gb

  2. TB i7 512 16gb

  1. Jamalogo10 macrumors member


    Jun 13, 2017
    I recently placed an order for a 2017 MBP nTB with n i7 2.5-4GHz, 512ssd, 16ram.

    I got the educational discount and added the educational bundle. Paid $2100 plus $200 for the apps bundle = $2300 and I'm concerned I paid too much for the "base" MacBook Pro that supposedly has a worse CPU. And I'm approaching the 15in MBPs price.

    Things I like about the nTB-
    Better battery, bigger battery, slightly cheaper, and no touch bar. Plus the feel of tactile keys is nice and I know Apple with drastically improve the TB in years to come. This is basically the first gen.

    After placing my order I discovered the 13TB has better graphics abilities, 2 additional ports, a potentially much faster 3.5ghz CPU compared to the 2.5ghz (both i7) and better wifi compatibility.

    What does the wifi differences equate to in real world useability?
    Plus the TB has two fans does this mean it can work for longer at that 4.0ghz mark for longer? Or will they both be able to essentially sustain near their turbo boosted ghz's for nearly the same time?
    And can some explain what the 512ssd will do for me?

    Sorry for all the questions! It's a lot of money and I want my computer to be future proof for 3-5 years.
    For the extra $150 should I bite the bullet on the touch bar and attempt to adopt it?
  2. Populus macrumors 6502a


    Aug 24, 2012
    Valencia, Spain.
    I'm not fan of the touchbar either, but in your case, if you need raw power, I'd take the TouchBar model, because of its 28W of TDP. I suspect it will be more capable. But don't expect a great battery life if you push it to the limits -obviously-.

    I'm gonna change my vote for the TB MacBook Pro, because although the Function Keys model is my favorite, in your case probably the TouchBar model will fit better your needs.
  3. hectorvs macrumors member


    Feb 24, 2011
    TB for sure. Extra raw power and extra ports make it worth it in and of its own. TB is customizeable to whatever you want, kinda fun to tinker with and make it something useful.
  4. macnmac macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2017
    yeah it sucks cause i hate the tb too but you need those model for the specs
  5. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    If you value performance above all else, then there is really no argument to be made except for getting the fully-loaded, top-end model. But by that logic, you really should be getting the 15" because none of the 13" models can really compete with it on performance. FWIW, my NTB 2.3 GHz seems to run indefinitely at 3.3 GHz under full CPU load (about 8% lower than max speed).

    It's always about tradeoffs one way or another.

    I doubt the wifi differences are significant though.

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