Help me Pull the Trigger, narrowed it down to 2 models

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Omar Comin' Yo, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. Omar Comin' Yo, Jan 21, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2014

    Omar Comin' Yo macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2012
    After a great deal of research, I've narrowed it down to two models, both Retina machines.

    $1699 (refurbished)
    Originally released October 2013
    15.4-inch Retina display
    8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    256GB Flash Storage1
    Intel Iris Pro Graphics

    $1499 (new)
    13" Retina Pro display
    2.4GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5
    8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    256GB PCIe-based Flash Storage

    Price difference is 200 bucks. Are they two computers essentially the same in power? does the i7 make that much of a difference compared to the i5?

    It seems like I am paying the extra 300 for the screen.

    I was told that CPU upgrades are generally pointless if you aren't a professional editor and that money should be spent elsewhere (RAM, SSD)
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    The quad core i7 in the 15" makes a helluva lot of difference compared to the dual core i5s/i7 found in the 13" rMBPs.

    The Iris Pro 5200 in the 15" also has a dedicated 128MB eDRAM compared to the Iris 5100 in the 13", which doesn't have the eDRAM cache. The eDRAM cache makes things silky smooth on the 15".
  3. Omar Comin' Yo thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2012
    Sorry, the price difference is actually 200 bucks for the better processor and bigger screen (1499 compared to 1699 for refurbished model).

    So the i7 can hyper thread, save battery, and the i5 cannot? It is what my friend was explaining to me at lunch.

    He basically said for 200 bucks, you are getting a superior computer.
  4. carjakester macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
  5. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    The 15" is a faster and generally more powerful computer. I would recommend you to take it unless you need the superior mobility provided by the 13" model.
  6. Omar Comin' Yo thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2012

    I don't really buy into the 13" being that much more mobile. I mean, they are both light computers. That is what the apple rep said at the store, when he was pushing the 13" maxed out Air because he had one.
  7. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Go with the 15". Theres no question in my mind.
  8. Qaanol macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    These are the exact two models I was considering a few months ago, except for me the prices were $1899 and $1399. And I bought the 15″ with no hesitation.

    For $1699 you’re getting a great deal on a beast of a computer.
  9. Omar Comin' Yo thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2012
    yeah with tax they are a bit more, and the only downside on the 15" is that is refurbished so it won't be here for 2 weeks

    15" refurbished would be $1855.91
    13" would be $1636.91

    difference of $219.
  10. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    I agree :)
  11. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Not really. Both models hyper thread, but the i5 only has 4 threads while the i7 has 8 threads.

    Basically if you do stuff like rendering and video, you'll see a 40-50% improvement with 8 threads instead of 4, generally.

    Both have similar battery lives.
  12. GoEagles997 macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2012
    Actually, Apple keeps their refurbished computers in lots of places around the corner. I was originally told a week for mine. Received it in 2 days. Maybe because it was a June 2012 model, but still, you will be surprised how quickly it it is delivered. The $1,699 Late 2013 2.0GHz/8GB/256GB model is a great price!
  13. fskywalker macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2009
    I guess am the minority here, but would look for a Haswell 13" rMBP. Those 2 extra inches of the 15" rMBP are nice. but the form factor of the 13 is hard to beat (I used to have the 15" rMBP before I switch to the 13" rMBP once they were released; would not go back to that size since it is a little big and heavy to carry around versus the 13" IMHO)
  14. Adonys macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2012
    Southern California

    Wow ! what state do you live? the tax is brutal, I thought us Kalifornians are being raped with state tax. apparently not.
  15. Omar Comin' Yo thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2012
    That is California, if you order online.
  16. Qaanol macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    …which raises the question, “How close to Oregon do you live?”
  17. zI INFINITY Iz macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2013
    Both i5 and i7 can hyperthread.


    In the 15" you get a Quad Core i7 CPU (8 threads)
    In the 13" you get a Dual Core i5 CPU (4 threads)

    In the 15" you get Iris Pro graphics (with 128MB eDRAM)
    In the 13" you get Iris graphics

    Both come with 8GB's of RAM, both come with 256GB's of storage
    Both have solid battery life, the 13" might go a little bit longer, but not a lot


    If you go with the 15" one, you get a lot more CPU (quad vs dual core) and GPU power. If the sizes don't matter to you, I would definitely go for that 15". I'm actually in kind of the same situation, deciding between almost the same exact two models (my 13" would have the 2.6GHz upgrade). There are some sweat deals soon on MacBook's in my country and could get that 15" base for around 1675 (euro, that is)
  18. Wuiffi macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2011
    +1 for the 15"

    As it has been said, it's just way more computer (cpu, gpu, screen size) for a bit more money (and not really a lot heavier). The 15" rMBP is about as heavy as the cMBP!
  19. Andrew Ryan macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2011

    I would recommend the 13" rMBP. I find it to be far more portable, but then again, I think at 15", you might as well get a iMac.

    Unless you can spare the extra cash, or absolutely need the horsepower, it is a waste of 200 bucks. Are you editing on this?
  20. FrozenDarkness macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    i bought your exact model 13" rmbp on refurb website last week for 1269 :). much better comparison if you ask me.
  21. nhhc macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2014
    Remember for 256GB in Retina 13, there are two sources of SSD: Samsung and SanDisk. Samsung is tested to be faster but not significant enough for you to notice in daily usage. (but will be when you do large file write and read all day)

    There is no way to choose what brand to come with your retina 13. It's all luck. some got Samsung. I picked up mine two days ago and I got a SanDisk.
  22. Adonys macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2012
    Southern California

    How do you tell which is which on your system?
  23. rex450se macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2011
    Independence, MO
    If you go to About This Mac > More Info > System Report > SATA

    It will give the number of your SSD, like mine is SM0512F for a Samsung. I think SD... is a sandisk.

  24. richard371 macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    I returned the 15 and stayed with the 13 I just can't get over the size of the 15". If its going to stay in one place then the 15 is a better deal. If your going to carry it around the 13 is more comfortable. I can carry my 13 in my messenger bag with my iPad. The 15" didn't fit and I have to use a back pack.

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