Good time to buy new 15" MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by RestUnknown, Sep 13, 2015.

  1. RestUnknown macrumors regular

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    Hi

    I currently use an almost 8 year old pre-unibody MBP. I recently bought a GoPro and have made a lot of 1080p (or higher) videos. They lag too much to be enjoyable and I get a beachball a lot with other apps as well. Basically, it's getting too slow.

    I know I can upgrade my 5400rpm HD to an SSD. But I am wondering if it is just not better to buy a new MBP. I want the 15" basically because it has better specs and hopefully will at least last me as long as my current MBP. I'm not a gamer, I just want a fluent experience as long as possible.

    I know this MBP is currently in mid product cycle as per the buyers guide. Should I wait or should I go for it?

    Thanks
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Is your 2008 MBP on its original hard drive?

    Sudden slow downs and beach balls can indicate a failing drive. At that age, it wouldn't be surprising at all.

    It shouldn't be lagging with 1080p video though.
     
  3. RestUnknown thread starter macrumors regular

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    Original drive indeed.

    It's horrible with 1080p, but it has this for a very long time even before the beach balls and slow downs.
     
  4. krishmk macrumors regular

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    Try replacing the OHD with SSD and this will fly..
     
  5. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I'd go for it. The next rMBP most likely won't be released until February.
     
  6. RestUnknown thread starter macrumors regular

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    I went to an Apple Store and they said that 4gb ram is maybe the bottleneck and that changing the drive probably won't bring much benefit. I find this weird as I'm just watching the movies, not editing them. Are they trying to make me buy a new one, or is this true?

    When watching the movies and checking the ram usage I still see plenty of unused space.
     
  7. Fl0r!an macrumors 6502a

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    My Late 2008 MBP (with SSD) doesn't have any problems with 1080p playback, but I think that it utilizes the GPU for h.264 decoding (older MBPs can't do this afaik), maybe this is the reason. For normal usage a SSD will definitely have a much bigger impact than upgrading the RAM.

    Hard to say what hardware we'll need for 'normal' use in 8 years, but by looking back I can say that I would have sold my MBP some years ago if it was as un-upgradable as todays MacBooks.
    I bought it with a slow 5400rpm HDD and 2GB RAM; today I have a SSD, 8GB RAM and USB 3. Difference like day and night.
     

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