Help M3 vs M5

Fer127

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Original poster
May 20, 2016
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Hi

Today im going to buy a MacBook, i will use it for study my mba, (word,Excel,Safari, things like that) but Im a little confused about the m3 vs m5 (m7 its not an option for me because im going to buy it in a physical store), i dont think i need the 512 storage, so talking only about power of the m3 vs m5, worth the price diference? In real life use, there is any diference in terms of performance?

Thanks
 

KPOM

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Oct 23, 2010
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If you are sure you don't need the extra storage, then the m3 should be good enough. The 512GB SSD is a tad faster but that's maybe a split second longer to open up an application.
 

Picapau21

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Apr 26, 2015
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if you don't plan on keeping it more than a couple years than get the basic.

If you want to hold on to it a bit longer then get the with the best spec you can afford.

My estimate is that the top of the range m7/512gb will probably last about 3 years as there no upgradable components.
 

HiFiGuy528

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Jul 24, 2008
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512GB version has faster SSD. Apple also used m5 for battery testing. I went with m5.

"Testing conducted by Apple in March 2016 using preproduction 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m5-based 12-inch MacBook systems with 512GB of flash storage (wireless web test and HD movie playback test) as well as preproduction 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m5-based 12-inch MacBook systems with 512GB of flash storage and 1.1GHz Intel Core m3-based 12-inch MacBook systems with 256GB of flash storage (standby test), all configured with 8GB of RAM. The wireless web test measures battery life by wirelessly browsing 25 popular websites with display brightness set to 12 clicks from bottom or 75%. The iTunes movie playback test measures battery life by playing back HD 1080p content with display brightness set to 12 clicks from bottom or 75%. The standby test measures battery life by allowing a system, connected to a wireless network and signed in to an iCloud account, to enter standby mode with Safari and Mail applications launched and all system settings left at default. Battery life varies by use and configuration. See www.apple.com/batteries for more information."
 
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