2019 MBP 2.4 vs 1.4

djverbal

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I picked up the 2019 4TB/2.4/256/8 MBP at Best Buy last weekend for $1,650 on sale. Even with the student discount, the new entry-level 2TB/1.4/256/8 MBP is only $250 less.

My question is:
A) Is the performance gain for photo / light video editing, that noticeable?
B) Would the entry level with a bump to 256/16GB give me better performance than the higher processor?

Extra TB ports are nice, but not a must have. I’m looking to keep it for at least 5 years, so performance over the long-term is important to me.

Thanks!
 
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GoldfishRT

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I think if you're keeping it over the long term, and you don't mind losing the ports and a minor amount of sustained performance, you should get the lower tier model with 16GB of RAM.
 
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TheBigApple2006

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I picked up the 2019 4TB/2.4/256/8 MBP at Best Buy last weekend for $1,650 on sale. Even with the student discount, the new entry-level 2TB/1.4/256/8 MBP is only $250 less.

My question is:
A) Is the performance gain for photo / light video editing, that noticeable?
B) Would the entry level with a bump to 256/16GB give me better performance than the higher processor?

Extra TB ports are nice, but not a must have. I’m looking to keep it for at least 5 years, so performance over the long-term is important to me.

Thanks!
The differences as emerging from teardowns and user experience are that the 1.4 has one fan, instead of the 2.4’s two, and possibly considerably slower SSDs. Do your homework on the ports; I did mine and reached the conclusion that I need all four. Depending on how much you task them, and the SSD, these differences could lead to considerable more performance on the 2.4, the slight CPU differences notwithstanding.
 

djverbal

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Great feedback, thank you both! I could foresee scenarios where sacrificing charging for port space could be a problem. I’d love the 16gb of RAM, but I’m also skeptical that something (like the ssd speed you mentioned) isn’t sacrificed on this entry-level MBP. Apple never, ever delivers “too good to be true” any longer.
 

magbarn

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Great feedback, thank you both! I could foresee scenarios where sacrificing charging for port space could be a problem. I’d love the 16gb of RAM, but I’m also skeptical that something (like the ssd speed you mentioned) isn’t sacrificed on this entry-level MBP. Apple never, ever delivers “too good to be true” any longer.
You can get over the SSD speed with the larger capacity drives so you could get more ram and more SSD than the upper end pro for the same price with the 1.4 CPU
 

kp98077

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Actually, if apple store or best buy apply the student discount to. the new 1.4 model i think it would be more than $250 difference? Assuming you get base thats $1499?, so thats more of a $400 difference..dont worry you can buy me a starbucks..haha.
so yeah, you are in quiet a dilemma, if you are TOTALLY sure you will keep 5 years then I’d keep what you got in the end as a machine, I think that one is more futures proof even though it is only 8gb, all the other features rule... if you think you’ll have it less than that time, say 3 years or 4, and keep in mind there is a re-design within the year............ then get the 1.4 perhaps, and honestly i think the base model is fine for your needs..without the 16gb