Feb 2013 MBP vs Latest MBP's...how do they compare?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Moakesy, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. Moakesy macrumors regular


    Mar 1, 2013
    I'm in the market for a new 15" MBP....I can either get

    Refurb for £2,069

    Originally released February 2013
    2.8GHz quad core Intel i7
    16GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    768GB Flash Storage
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory


    Brand New for £2,199

    2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz
    16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    512GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
    Intel Iris Pro Graphics
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
    with 2GB GDDR5 memory

    Obviously, the newer machine has a Haswell chip, but I believe that is primarily a improvement on battery life....rather than raw processor power. Is that correct?

    That aside, I'm thinking the refurb is the better option...but then, isn't the graphics card a better spec in the new model? Oh, decisions decisions......

    Essentially both are somewhat overkill for my needs......but this will need to last me 4 or 5 years, so I want to get the best spec now. Of everything I do, some light photo/video editing is the most taxing...although I would like to create a VM area for Windows, rather than use Boot Camp as I do (did) with my recently dead 2008 machine.

    Any thought on which is the better machine?
  2. raniel macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2011
    the the new one. its faster than the previous model. my only issue for the nerw one is the dedicated graphics. If you dont need that then get the new mbp

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