Early 2014 vs Late 2013 Macbook Pro Retina (15")

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by respeck, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. respeck macrumors newbie

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    Hey folks,
    Looking to get some opinions on an upcoming purchase.
    I am currently using an early 2011 MBP that just is not cutting it anymore. I use Final Cut Pro X to cut together GoPro and T3i footage (1080p 24/30/60fps) and I also use Lightroom and Photoshop CS6 to process RAW photos. In addition to those heavier tasks, I do a lot of web browsing and content consuming, and I am planning on using two external monitors.

    My choices for computers are as follows:
    Late 2013 MBPr 15": 2.5 GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce 750M (2GB): $2,099 from the refurbished store
    OR
    Early 2014 MBPr 15": 2.5GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce750M (2GB): $2,299 new with education discount.

    Basically, will I see performance differences between the two that are significant enough to warrant the extra money?

    Thanks,

    respeck
     
  2. kngelv macrumors member

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    Go to Best Buy and get the 2014. Currently on sale for $2199.00 get a change of address packet from the post office. Use the 10% off one item coupon for Best Buy. Takes the price to $1979.00. I did this today.

    James
     
  3. thekev macrumors 604

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    There would be no detectable differences in performance. On the early/late variations you might see a few points in benchmarks, but nothing at all in actual use. In fact if the 2013 model isn't enough, then a macbook pro isn't appropriate for your needs, because there isn't enough differentiation beyond that point to make any kind of difference.
     
  4. dollystereo macrumors 6502a

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  5. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Aren't they the same?

    Both are PCI-e.
     
  6. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Yes the same

    They are the same the 1TB option is faster but the others are the same and seem to be limited by number of PCI-e lanes used.
     

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