i3 in 13" vs i5 in 15"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Jdstew1234, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. Jdstew1234 macrumors regular

    Nov 24, 2010
    Will a Mbp 15" with an i5 be much better than an i3 in the 13"?

    Can both handle Photoshop, illustrator and word processing pretty much the same
  2. iBryton macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2010
    My 2010 2.4ghz Dual Core can handle those, I'm sure the newer ones can do better.
  3. adnoh macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2010
  4. bryne macrumors member


    Nov 12, 2010
    Los Angeles
    Thanks for that stunning post. I'm pretty sure he's asking by how much.
  5. MoodyMedStudent macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Do you guys interpret the leak as the 13" will only come with i3 or do you think it'll be customizable to an i5?

    Also, do you guys think the 13" will come with custom SSD and how much do you expect Apple to charge, say, for 128 GB of it?
  6. hushmartin macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2009
    They will both be able to handle those programs, but the I5 is the better processor, of course. You will see the biggest difference when you are multi-tasking and using multiple programs at once. One reason for that is that the I5 (and better) processors have a turbo boost feature for times you are really taxing your system. I3 doesn't have turbo boost.

    I'm planning on getting an I5. If I can't get an I5 in my price range in a Mac, I guess I will be forced to re-think whether to make the switch to Mac. I will revisit the idea of an I3 again though...I'm not sure if it's a deal breaker issue for me or not.

  7. AdamRock macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2010
    it will only be notably different if you do intensive phoshopping, like 3D.
  8. rawCpoppa macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2010
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    I feel that the 13 inch Mbp will get two options. One core i3 as there's only one mobile i3 available (2310m) and the other option would be the slowest mobile i5.
  9. mashsensor, Feb 22, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2011

    mashsensor macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2011
    cnet indicate there are 2

    The new i3 processors include the i3-2120 (3.3GHz) and i3-2100 (3.1GHz). They are set at $138 and $117, respectively.

    Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20034533-64.html#ixzz1EkkxwySl

    On the other hand wikipedia indicate 2310M is the only SB i3

    I am confused :p

    Uppon further research i3-2120 (3.3GHz) and i3-2100 (3.1GHz) are desktop processors :D There's still hope!
  10. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2008
    Assuming you're not comparing a last gen i5 with the rumoured next gen i3, nobody can say because nobody has actually tested them yet but the last gen i5 was appreciably better than the previous i3 so I don't see that changing. I'd go with the 15" i5 just to get all the extra stuff you get with the 15" MBP.

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