Early 2011 i7 or late 2011 i5?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tazmando, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. tazmando macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    May 14, 2011
    #1
    Dilemma:

    Seen an Early 2011 13in i7 for £999 which is a £300 discount from original price.

    Amazon selling late 2011 13in i5 £899 which is a £100 discount.

    A £100 for an i7 is it worth it? Macworld speed tests seem to show the late i5 as faster in a lot of the test. Is this correct?

    Would appreciate any thoughts to help me choose. While i am not a heavy user i do like to future proof where i can.
     
  2. Naimfan macrumors 68040

    Naimfan

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2003
    #2
    Given the price difference, I'd probably get the 2.7 GHz. At regular prices, the i7 isn't worth the difference, but at that price I would.
     
  3. smali macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2010
    #3
    Do you need an upgrade right now? Might be worth waiting for the redesign.
     
  4. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816

    GuitarG20

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2011
    #4
    what are the GHz of the two processors? normally i know that GHz doesn't mean much but it allows me to look at the geekbench benchmarks and see what kind of a speed difference there is.
     
  5. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2011
    #5
    I would go with the i5. You save more money and all you give up is a negligible increase in speed for some operations, which isn't actually noticeable when using the computer. The money you save will pay for a nice RAM upgrade should you find it necessary after using the MBP for a while.

    Check Barefeats.com for speed tests comparing i5 and i7 Intel CPUs in MBPs.
     
  6. tazmando thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    May 14, 2011
    #6
    I7 is 2.7 ghz, i5 is 2.4 ghz
     
  7. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2011
    #7
    6853 for the i7 vs 6096 for the i5. 12% difference between them.
     
  8. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816

    GuitarG20

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2011
    #8
    so is the difference worth the price, OP? How heavy is the load you're gonna put on the computer?
     
  9. tazmando thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    May 14, 2011
    #9
    Thanks to all for your thoughts and advice.

    I decided that the i7 was worth the £100 difference for the modest speed bump, however, the mind fever that grips you when you see a deal has passed. Financially, now is not a good time for me to buy when i have other priorities. So will go back to waiting and playing apple top trumps or "if money was no object what would i buy?" :rolleyes:
     
  10. teknikal90 macrumors 68030

    teknikal90

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2008
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC

Share This Page