Early 2011 i7 or late 2011 i5?

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

  1. tazmando macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2011

    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 Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    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

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


    Jun 3, 2011
    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

    Jul 26, 2011
    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

    May 14, 2011
    I7 is 2.7 ghz, i5 is 2.4 ghz
  7. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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


    Jun 3, 2011
    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

    May 14, 2011
    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


    Jan 28, 2008
    Vancouver, BC

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