Can anyone tell me if the base 2013 rMBP is better than the 2012 rMBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by TwoFive3, Nov 13, 2013.

  1. TwoFive3 macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2008
    I see where Best Buy is going to have the base late-2013 rMBP 4gb ram/128gb hd on sale for $1099 which is only $150 more than the open box late-2012 rMBP with 8gb ram/128gb hd I just bought. I have been reading reviews and most of the reviews tested the 8gb ram 256gb hd of the Haswell unit, not the base unit. I'm wondering if I should return my late 2012 for the new Haswell. My fear is that I am making a bad choice though as I would be going from my 8gb ram in my 2012 now down to the 4gb base model of the new Haswell. Anyone here go from last years base rMBP to this years base rMBP?
  2. 53kyle macrumors 65816


    Mar 27, 2012
    Sebastopol, CA
    I really recommend the 2012 model. You will never be able to upgrade RAM in rMBPs and the 2012 will last you longer with the more future proof 8 GB. Is there any particular reason you might want the 2013 over the 2012?
  3. TwoFive3 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2008
    I guess just that it is the latest. That the haswell has better battery life. That the iris graphics are better than the 4000.
  4. aiyaaabatt macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2013
    If you are not gaming the Haswell base will offer a better overall experience than the 2012 model.

    So, if you are not primarily gaming, I would strongly recommend the newest haswell base model. If gaming is a big concern for you, go with the 2012 model with the dGPU

    HD 4000, which the 2012's will be running off of for the majority of basic usage, will provide a much less fluid experience than Iris Pro will.
  5. john123 macrumors 68020


    Jul 20, 2001
    Gotta disagree. Given the two options, I would certainly take the 8GB over the 4GB. That's a waaaay bigger deal than the graphics side. The HD4000 is more than capable for day-to-day stuff.
  6. aiyaaabatt macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2013
    Did the OP change edit his original post? Or did I just read it wrong. Maybe I just read his title only, lol.

    But I could have sworn he was asking about 15'' rMBP's, not 13''.

    I thought he was talking about 15''... so, I retract my statements. I still think HD4000 sucks though. OP should just get the 8gb/256gb haswell 13''. -.-

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