Best 15" rMBP configuration

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  1. ronaldcastillo, Oct 23, 2012
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    ronaldcastillo macrumors 6502a

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    I've been waiting for the 13" rMBP to be unveiled but the price is really close to what the 15" is going for so I've decided to upgrade to a 15" rMBP instead. I've narrowed it down to three configurations on which models I'm interested in. Which would be the best configuration for a Graphic Designer? (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, and Dreamweaver) & light video editing. The prices listed below are all based on student discount.

    2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
    16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    256GB Flash Storage
    $2,179

    2.6GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
    16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    256GB Flash Storage
    $2,279

    2.7GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
    16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    256GB Flash Storage
    $2,504
     
  2. MaxPower72 macrumors 6502

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    2.6GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
    16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    256GB Flash Storage
    $2,279
     
  3. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    Your turbo boosts are wrong.
    The 2.6 Turbo is 3.6GHz
    The 2.7 Turbo is 3.7GHz.
    Get what you can afford the difference is marginal. I'd get the 2.6 and then 512GB SSD myself. But you would be just as fine with the 2.3 and 512GB storage. 2.7GHz is not really worth much. But for that matter neither is the 2.6. I bought a 2.6GHz classic anyway. Put the money in storage 1st.
     
  4. xxcysxx macrumors 6502

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    it look like there is a considerable price difference for the 2.6GHz and 2.7GHz i7, and that price difference isn't just the the extra 100MHz, there also a 2MB difference in level three cache. the 2.6GHz has 6MB and the 2.7GHz has 8MB.

    what i like to know is when does the "LARGER" capacity level three cache come into play.
     
  5. rrm998 macrumors regular

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    I suggest the 2.6ghz processor but with 512GB SSD. High res video and photos use sooo much space. You might be able to live with 256GB but if you are always have to clean the drive up to make more room -- the 512 is worthwhile. I've had both in the last two years and, for me, 256 was always tight.
     
  6. shznit macrumors member

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    the 512 is a massive rip off, you can always plug in an external drive.
     
  7. ronaldcastillo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. Ordered the second configuration. Can't wait to receive my MacBook Pro.
     
  8. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Rip off or not, having to carry a bunch of external drives sort of defeats the purpose of owning a thin and light computer.
     
  9. golf1410 macrumors 6502a

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    Seem like you have not researched much. You forgot image retention feature in your configuration.
     
  10. shznit, Oct 24, 2012
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    shznit macrumors member

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    I disagree. I'm on my third 128GB MBA (2010, 2011, 2012) and I use it as my main work and personal computer. I keep an external hard drive in my backpack that I got for $50 and only have to pull it out once a month at most. I don't do content creation so it may be apples and oranges but my guess is very very few people need the 512.
     

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