256GB vs 516GB rMBP?

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  1. thiagoah, Aug 1, 2014
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    thiagoah macrumors member

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    Hello,

    Which of the following two would you consider a better deal?

    I mentioned in another post I'm involved with a lot of graphic design, photo editing, file downloading, etc.

    $1270 (TAX INCLUDED)Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Dual-core Intel i5 with Retina Display
    Originally released October 2013
    13.3-inch (diagonal) Retina display; 2560-by-1600 resolution at 227 pixels per inch
    8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    256GB Flash Storage1
    720p FaceTime HD camera
    Intel Iris Graphics


    $1520 (TAX INCLUDED)Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.6GHz Dual-core Intel i5 with Retina Display
    Originally released October 2013
    13.3-inch (diagonal) Retina display; 2560-by-1600 resolution at 227 pixels per inch
    8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    512GB Flash Storage1
    720p FaceTime HD camera
    Intel Iris Graphics


    $1700 (TAX INCLUDED)Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.6GHz Dual-core Intel i5 with Retina Display
    Originally released October 2013
    13.3-inch (diagonal) Retina display; 2560-by-1600 resolution at 227 pixels per inch
    16GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    512GB Flash Storage1
    720p FaceTime HD camera
    Intel Iris Graphics


    Looking forward to your responses :)
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    If you need the space, buy the 512GB, if you can live within the 256GB SSD, then buy that one.

    Neither represents a better deal, per say but rather which one fits your needs.
     
  3. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Whichever one suits your needs the best. Do you need the extra storage? Then the 512GB model is going to be better for you. Is spending an extra $250 going to stretch your budget? The 256GB model is better for you.

    The difference in CPU speeds is less than ~10%, so it's probably not going to be noticeable.
     
  4. thiagoah thread starter macrumors member

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    I am not sure if the 256GB is sufficient. Right now I have used up 200GB of my current laptop. So I might need the 512GB. Not sure if it's worth paying an additional $200 though.

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    Would you say the 16GB ram is worth paying an extra $200 but staying with 256GB space? Or the other way around with 8GB ram & 512GB space? What is significant, obviously space is space. But how important is the RAM if I am using Adobe products quite often, etc?
     
  5. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    If you're already using 200GB, go with the 512GB model. I don't think the 16GB of RAM is worth it, unless you're having issues with 8GB of RAM in your current setup(you're probably fine).
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    If you're using up to 200GB of storage now, I'd put your money towards the larger SSD.
     
  7. jaarso macrumors member

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    From the standpoint of storage, going with the 256GB would not be a great idea because you would be going in with only 22% of space left. With 78% of your storage filled, you'll be faced with having to rectify that in the not too distant future I would imagine.

    As far as memory goes, I am in the same boat as you in trying to determine whether to go with 8GB or 16GB or ram. I am looking to buy the new 13.3 rMBP and need to decide. I am definitely going with 512GB of storage on mine.
     
  8. thiagoah thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, I think I definitely need the 512GB space. Based on what the majority have said, I don't think 16GB is required. My current laptop is 4GB, never had any problems, so 8GB should be more than enough and I get to save an additional $200 :)
     
  9. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    Go with option 1 or 2. If you can lighten up your storage load, option 1 is a great deal. If you are more comfortable with the 512, go with option 2. No need for 16GB of ram.
     
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  11. PFKMan23 macrumors regular

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    Whatever fits your needs and budget the best. But I tend to want as much hard drive space as possible.
     
  12. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    I'd go of the 512GB just for the sake of avoiding the SanDisk 256GB SSD, which performs slower (although not noticeably) than the Samsung 256GB SSD.

    13" rMBPs have SanDisk 256GB SSDs, while 15" rMBPs have Samsung 256GB SSDs. It used to be a lottery, but no longer.

    512GB and 1TB are Samsung only.
     
  13. Kurso macrumors 6502

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    If history is any indication storage, memory, cpu, gpu, and bandwidth needs will continue to grow. If you are getting close to capacity on any of those by the step up.
     
  14. M5RahuL macrumors 68020

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    This one, pocket permitting.
     

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