2017 rMB "i7"

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  1. taxi_driver macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2017
    haven't seen many reviews for the latest/maxed out rMB with the "i7", am considering one and comparing to a base MBP 13" i5.

    realistic me says get the MBP but other side wants something sexy and light/fanless after lugging a loud 2011 MBP around. I have a desktop at work that runs Windows, pretty fast and capable when I need it.

    non-work usage mostly browsing, working in google docs/office apps, listening to music, torrenting, etc. no gaming or heavy photo/video editing at all. occasional remote access using Chrome remote desktop when it's needed, may run Boot Camp or Parallels down the road.

    I do stream a lot of local media files from my Macbook to my Apple TV/Shield TV and I'm not sure how taxing that is in CPU performance, using https://beamer-app.com/.

    both would have 16gb RAM + 512gb SSD. thoughts?
  2. EugW macrumors 603


    Jun 18, 2017
    Has anyone seen any throttling tests of the 2017 i7? The 2016 m7 throttled significantly according to some tests.

    Personally if I wanted a MacBook with 512 GB SSD, I'd get the i5. However, I just went with the m3 with 256 GB. The m3 in 2017 is as fast or faster than the 2016 m5, and has a faster SSD. And honestly, for what you describe, the m3 would likely be plenty... although I'm not sure how much the i5 or i7 would help for Parallels.

    My 2017 m3 16 GB is quite peppy in High Sierra. The 16 GB would come in handy for Parallels if my IT department forces me to use Windows again for some of their stuff.
  3. taxi_driver thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2017
    I haven't seen throttling tests though folks on reddit have commented that they haven't experienced it nor any overheating on the i7. Some benchmark tests show the jump between the i5 and i7 more significant than m3 to i5 (I've been taking cold meds, please correct me if mistaken) I'd think the extra boost in the i7 would come in handy when needed.

    Cost wise, at almost 2k maxed out nothing's sacrificed and should hold me over for a long while. Most of my computers have lasted a good 5-6 years with SSD/RAM upgrades that were worth it. I'd expect the same lifespan out of my next machine.
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    Sep 26, 2017
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