Help with choosing a decent Macbook pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by GatFire, Jun 20, 2015.

  1. GatFire macrumors newbie

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    Hey

    Lately, I've been considering purchasing a high-end Macbook pro. I'm not so tech savvy with specs and would like to have some help or assistance in choosing a decent Macbook pro with some decent specs for about ~NZ$3,400.00. Currently, I'm debating between the 15" Retina Macbook Pro and the 13" Retina Macbook Pro both with what I think to be decent specs. The main problem I'm facing is that I don't know whether the initial 2.8GHz is better than the 13"s initial 3.1 GHz processor, does the initial value matter? Or is the turbo boost key? I also face the issue that I have no clue which graphics card is better, the Intel Iris Pro Graphics or the 13"s Intel Iris Graphics 6100 card? Which computer has a noisier fan and overall which would be the better buy for the value??

    Thanks

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  2. MacCubed macrumors 68000

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    The 13" is a Dual-Core while the 15" is a Quad-Core. There is a huge performance gap between the two, the Quad being the faster option. In regards of graphics, the Iris Pro is slightly better that the 6100. There are a few other things to factor into the buy, like why are you going to use the machine for? Also what other thing do you look for in a laptop.
     
  3. inhalexhale1 macrumors 6502a

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    Probably he best comparison for you is the $1699 (mid model with 16gb upgrade) 13" and $1999 15" models, since those both would have 256gb/16gb. The i7 is not a worthwhile upgrade in the 13" model.

    Between the two, the 15" will give you a quad core processor and better graphics. Both would be very nice upgrades, and IMO worth the $300. Plus you get a bigger screen. Some people don't like the weight/size, but that's preference. I'd personally choose the 15".
     
  4. MacCubed macrumors 68000

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    Yeah me too, I'd go with the 15". I like to have a larger screen for multitasking, and usually, the bigger the computer, the better the specs
     
  5. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    As others have stated, the 13" model is dual core and the 15" is quad core. Additionally, the i7 upgrade in the 13" model is a waste of money. It is a 3-4% increase in perforance over the 2.9GHz processor, and it costs $200.

    Iris pro is better than Iris 6100.

    What do you need? More processing power and bigger screen or more portability and battery life?

    I went with the 13" model, I don't need the extra processing power but I do want the portability.
     

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