Buying a new MBP, or MBA..input sought

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by NateEssex, Jun 1, 2015.

  1. NateEssex macrumors 6502

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    I'm replacing my MBP 15 inch, Mid 2012, 2.3 Ghz. I do some light gaming, Guild Wars 2 and WoW, and some video editing. I am wondering what my choices are with the newer models. Can I get away with a MBA or MBP 13? I'm not thrilled you have to pay the additional $500 to get the dedicated video card on the MBP 15. After the Applecare, I'll be at almost $3k, which is more than I want to spend.
     
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    What is wrong with your 2012 MBP?? It is not that old...It is only 3 years old.
     
  3. Cuniac macrumors 6502a

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    Your current MBP gets a Multi-Core Score of 11721 as it is a 4 core CPU. both the new MBA (Current Max CPU) coming in at 6841 or the 13 MBP (current Max CPU) coming in at 7366 only have a dual core CPU. Having said that if your current MBP 15 has the 650m, not only will your current CPU be faster than either of these iGPU's, but the CPU power is also much better as well as it has two extra cores.

    Now, If your 15 MBP only has the Intel 4000 the MBA or MBP current may actually perform faster for games as the MBA has a Intel 6000 and MBP has a 6100. Even the new 15in with iGPU has a 5200 pro thats the best right now but wont beat a dGPU. Otherwise the only jump you will get is getting another 15in with the dGPU of either the new one with the x370m or getting a refurb/used model with the 750m but it would be a smaller upgrade.
    https://browser.primatelabs.com/mac-benchmarks
     
  4. Muscle macrumors regular

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    If you think its time for a new toy get the rMBP 13, I can live with not having the 2 hours of extra juice and lugging around half an extra pound for the performance difference and retina.

    Plus, the rmbp 13 is actually smaller than the mba.
     
  5. Cuniac macrumors 6502a

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    It is slightly thinner and lighter but ya it is bigger around
     
  6. NateEssex thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have a 650 card. I was going to give it to my daughter. Is the new $2knMBP 15 better than my current one?
     
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  8. NateEssex thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I was considering something a little smaller and lighter for portability. Also, I could then give my old one to my daughter.
     
  9. noles1983 macrumors regular

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    I just upgraded from my 13" 2012 MBP to the new 13" retina. Don't regret it one bit. Lighter, Retina screen, force touch, SSD.. Couldn't advise you on the gaming aspect as i have a windows desktop for that.
     
  10. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Well gaming won't be nearly as good but everything else would be abouyt the same .

    If was me I'd keep it and get the daughter a cheap air.
     
  11. Meister Suspended

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    What do you use it for?
     
  12. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    13" Retina, strongly recommended most balanced of all the Apple portables...

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