Base 15" Still a good buy?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by fate0311, Jun 13, 2019 at 6:13 AM.

  1. fate0311 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2015
    Or pony up and go 8 core base?

    560x still a good overall card?
  2. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

    Jul 22, 2010
    What you use your MacBook Pro is the main determinant whether it's a good buy for you
  3. fate0311 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2015
    im looking at it from a value standpoint.

    If there was a line graph, where would value and price intersect? (obviously hypothetically speaking)
  4. x-evil-x macrumors 601


    Jul 13, 2008
  5. jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    For me it is more a function of disk space needed than CPU/GPU. I always want 512GB or more, so would go with the model with that and consider the CPU/GPU upgrade a bonus.

    Remember to the only to upgrade the system with a credit card, so choose wisely.
  6. Stephen.R macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2018
    It very much depends on your use for it. My use (in terms of software I run) consists mostly of a memory-heavy IDE (runs on the JVM), somewhere between 1 and 10 VMs, a bunch of Terminal tabs, and a handful of Safari tabs.

    I needed a "stop-gap" solution when my ageing MBP17 started eating fans at a rate of 2 a year, about a month or 6 weeks before the 2018 event where the Mac mini was released (I was expecting an updated iMac, and planned to get one).

    So I bought an off-the-shelf base unit (6-core i7, 16GB, 256GB), knowing it would be my primary driver for a short time, and then later would become a "spare" (if the desktop is unusable due to fault/upgrades/etc) and "travel" machine.

    In this scenario I already knew that I'd be using an external SSD (so I can take my work from the desktop to the laptop with zero fuss) so the space was not a huge issue for me.

    If it was my daily use machine, I'd definitely have maxed out the RAM and probably upgraded storage to 512GB.
  7. fate0311 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2015
    It is a pretty big jump from the base to the new 8 core. That’s why I am thinking the base is the better value unless you need the 512gb.
  8. ascender macrumors 68020


    Dec 8, 2005
    I think the 15" is probably the best value MBP.

    As others have said, its maybe a bit light on disk and you might not want a 15" screen.
  9. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    I have the base 2019 15" model


    Great computer. Bit heavy and big to lug around tbh. But that 15" screen is the trade off, and I really like the bigger screen.

    Don't feel like I need an external monitor. This is kind of like my "desktop" AND my laptop both all in one, if you know what I mean.
  10. maerz001 macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2010
    Well it’s a bad value if u don’t use the horse power.

    So without giving ur use case it’s a pointless question
  11. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    unless you need a bigger screen. I don't use the horse power but the screen makes it worth it tbh bc I am enjoying the more screen real estate
  12. maerz001 macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2010
    Yes u r right. I was replying to the question of upgrading the CPU GPU.
    I need a 14” MB :)

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