How different is the min-spec 13"mbp and the top-spec?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by anxti, Nov 25, 2015.

  1. anxti macrumors newbie

    anxti

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    Here's what I run on a daily basis that uses CPU and memory:
    Android Studio
    XCode
    Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator/Premier (As long as the interface in premier is responsive I don't care that much about render times as I do that infrequently, but right now the UI is kind of janky.)

    I currently have a min-spec (2.7/8/256) 13" macbook pro, early 2015. I'm finding it a little pokey and spend a little bit too much time looking at a beachball. It's got a clean install of EC, so I don't think it's a software issue. I'm wondering if I'm swapping out memory to disk a lot, or if a minor cpu upgrade (I think the max spec is 3.1ghz) might be a little bit smoother. I've been watching activity monitor, and while I do see the CPU pegged at points, it doesn't look like I'm using up the memory until I run multiple VM's.

    So my question is, am I just pushing the limits of what a 13" mobile laptop can do - and an upgrade would only be a marginal improvement? I kind of hate having to sync things, but the other option is to buy an imac or a mac pro, but obviously that's not mobile. The 15" machine is just a hair too heavy for trekking around the city with it on my back (From experience.)

    Thoughts?
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

    T5BRICK

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    The 3.1GHz i7 is 2-4% faster than the 2.9GHz i5. The upgrade isn't worth $200.

    If you aren't seeing memory go into the red in activity motor, you may just be seeing the limitations of a dual core CPU.
     
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Not different enough by the sounds of it you need a quad core processor.
     
  4. andreyush macrumors 6502

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  5. TechmeOut macrumors newbie

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    What about the upgrade in the 2015 15 inch models? Is the upgrade worth jumping ship from 2.5ghz i7 to 2.8 i7
     
  6. andreyush macrumors 6502

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    Not really :D
     
  7. T5BRICK macrumors 604

    T5BRICK

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    For $200 you get about a 5% increase in performance. It's up to you but I wouldn't day it's worth it.
     
  8. TechmeOut macrumors newbie

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    Would it make difference for future rescale value?
     
  9. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    You won't make back the $200 extra you spend on the upgrade, if that's what you're asking. Computers aren't an investment.
     

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