Difference between 2.7 and 2.9GHz in 2015 13" MBP

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  1. JPS127 macrumors member

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    I'm moving from my 2012 non-retina MBP to the one just released. My 2012 has 2.9GHz, but I'm wondering if it's worth the extra money in the latest model. I'm a professional writer and put in a pretty solid 7-8 hours a day doing word processing, and avoid games like the plague (otherwise I wouldn't get anything written), so my needs are pretty simple (but not simple enough for the new 12"MB).

    Can anyone here please advise as to which would be better for someone like me?
     
  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    From what you've described, you'd be wasting your money completely on that upgrade.
    The 2.7 is fine.
     
  3. JPS127 thread starter macrumors member

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    But I just realized that needed the extra storage—512 and not 256GB. So I may have to live with the 2.9 (which is what I currently have, anyway).
     
  4. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - That's another matter, then. But perhaps it's worth considering saving some money by using external (possibly networked) storage instead of upgrading the SSD?
     
  5. JPS127 thread starter macrumors member

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    I prefer to keep it all in one place. But thanks for the replies!
     
  6. Cassady macrumors 6502a

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    I'm in the same boat. Currently, have a mid-2012 cMBP, with 16GB ram, and a 480/500 SSD/HDD combo in the optibay.

    Still purring along, but will probably need to upgrade in 2016/early 2017. To get similar specs, is going to cost me BIG time - and then I'll still only be able to afford to max either the RAM or SSD space, not both. RAM makes more sense, storage space waaayyyy more convenient.

    Joy.
     
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  8. totten76 macrumors regular

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    None of what you said is really CPU intensive....the 2.7gHZ will be plenty fine
     
  9. nj-mac-user macrumors 6502

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    The other main difference is that write speeds on the 512GB model are slightly faster than the 256GB model, but nothing you'd really be able to notice. We're talking approx 1400MB/s vs 1200MB/s.
     
  10. JPS127 thread starter macrumors member

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    Again, I need the storage, so I have no choice re the processor.
     
  11. JPS127 thread starter macrumors member

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    And...on second thought, I may just be able to live with less storage and the 2.7 processor....
     
  12. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    I ended up getting the base 2.7GHz i5 with 16GB of RAM and 256GB SSD. It works for my uses (business laptop). I probably would have been fine with 8GB, but knowing that I wouldn't be able to upgrade it later, it seemed that the extra $200 was well spent.
     
  13. JPS127 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the reply, Captain! I find 8GB of memory more than adequate, but I think I'm going to stick with the 2.7 processor and save some money.
     

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