i5 vs i7 is the i7 worth it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mattmertz77, Jul 14, 2014.

  1. mattmertz77 macrumors member

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    The laptop I'm looking at buying has the following specs

    2.8 GHz i7 turbo boost to 3.3 GHz
    8GB DDR3 RAM
    512GB PCIe storage

    is it worth it adding the extra $200 for an i7? I'm gonna be using it for music production and schoolwork. Thanks!
     
  2. severage macrumors regular

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  3. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    For your work, 16 GB of RAM would be a more beneficial upgrade than the CPU.
     
  4. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    According to benchmarks and some quick napkin math, the 2.6GHz i5 is about 7% faster than the 2.4GHz i5, and the 2.8GHz i7 is only about 3% faster than the 2.6GHz i5.

    I'd stick with the 2.6GHz i5 and bump your RAM up to 16GB.
     
  5. paolo- macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure it's worth 200$ but the i7 has hyper-threading which can have a significant advantage when it comes to music production.
     
  6. Raffi macrumors 6502a

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    I agree, the I7 hasn't really proven it's worth over the I5.
     
  7. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020

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    If you are considering an i7, then you should be looking into a 15".
     
  8. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    The i5 models also have hyperthreading. The i7 is clocked slightly higher and has 1MB more cache.
     
  9. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    All the mobile dual core i5s are hyper-threaded.

    I'd go i5 and spend the extra cash on RAM or a bigger SSD.
     
  10. mattmertz77 thread starter macrumors member

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    Alright I think I'll upgrade the RAM like mentioned, thanks for all the replies!
     
  11. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    My friend has a 13" Retina 16GB 2.8GHz for music production. It can slow down sometimes. I would strongly recommend the 15" for full quad core aka 8 threads. If you are doing professional music production it would suit you better. I would wait too for the next gen if you're going to be dropping that kind of money 2.5k and up.
     
  12. maflynn Moderator

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    For most needs, the i5 is all that you need, save your money or put it to another upgrade :)
     
  13. OzyOly macrumors 6502a

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    The cache may have a bigger impact than the clock speed depending on what you're doing. But both are going to be hard to detect unless you are maxing out CPU load. Got for the i5.
     

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