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af4q

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May 9, 2020
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I am currently using 2015 MBP 13 (Core i7, 16GB, 512GB) and planning to buy the 10th Gen version of the 2020 MBP 13 (the 1799USD one). However, I cant decide if its worth upgrading to i7 (extra 200USD) and/or RAM to 32GB (extra 400USD).

My usage is pretty general but I will be keeping this laptop for atleast 3-4 years. My usage includes browsing (Safari), 4K streaming, lots of excel (large files), one or twice a week of Photoshop/Illustrator. On the current laptop, RAM usage is usually around 10-11GB (after actively closing unused apps) and with photoshop it goes up to 13-14GB.

I understand that the difference between Core i5 and Core i7 might not be much as both are quad core with hyper threading and both have same GPU. However, I cant decide on the RAM. Whether the 16GB RAM will be enough for next 3-4 years or it wont be? And whether it is worth spending extra 400USD right now for 32GB instead of saving that towards getting a new MacBook in 2-3 years when 32GB is cheaper and possibly with newer CPU?

Thanks.
 

oreganoinferno

macrumors regular
Dec 4, 2016
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Why do you want to upgrade? There seems to be no obvious reason for it ;) You could be happy with the 1799 'base' version. If you feel like you'll increase your Photoshop/Illustrator usage, 32 GB could be handy, though.

Just speaking for myself: I'll get the 1799 one and stay with 16GB Ram and the i5. Currently having a base 2017 MBP nTB 256 GB, the reasons for update is the keyboard & disk space. The new machine I want to keep for at least 5 years.
I think I'll start doing some hobby 4K video editing in the near future, which would be reasons for 32GB & i7. But I will not spend the extra money since I'm sure I will not feel the difference. And money's not coming in on its own ;)
 

af4q

macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 9, 2020
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Why do you want to upgrade? There seems to be no obvious reason for it ;) You could be happy with the 1799 'base' version. If you feel like you'll increase your Photoshop/Illustrator usage, 32 GB could be handy, though.

Just speaking for myself: I'll get the 1799 one and stay with 16GB Ram and the i5. Currently having a base 2017 MBP nTB 256 GB, the reasons for update is the keyboard & disk space. The new machine I want to keep for at least 5 years.
I think I'll start doing some hobby 4K video editing in the near future, which would be reasons for 32GB & i7. But I will not spend the extra money since I'm sure I will not feel the difference.

Thanks for the response.

My Photoshop/Illustrator usage wont be increasing however I am concerned that in 1-2 years, the RAM usage of general apps I use (like Excel) may increase. Especially MS Office which is notorious for high RAM usage on macOS.
 

oreganoinferno

macrumors regular
Dec 4, 2016
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I've been on 8 GB for almost 10 years now and almost never felt this to be a bottleneck. Only when playing with 4K video editing in iMovie... What I do is when I'm not sure about an investment, I calculate the hours I have to work extra to afford it, and how much lifetime & stress it will safe me. Then I decide yes or no.
In your case & with that uncertainty, you may want to wait with the new purchase. Wait what next year brings in terms of prices and maybe technology (switch to ARM or what ever).
 
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