i7 not worth it in 13 macbook pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iamthedudeman, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. iamthedudeman macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2007
    Well I need to buy a 13 pro today. It will be bought on a business contract and I get somewhat better pricing. Similar to Edu pricing.

    I have to get a SSD, and it has to be Apple branded. No third party SSD.

    My dilemma is that looking at the geekbench scores, the the difference between the i7 and i5 is literally not much at all.

    Is it worth $300 for the 2.8 or $200 cost extra for a 2.7. Both which are avail to me.

    The 2.4 i5 2435M has the same intergrated GPU as last years 2.7 i7 and this years 2.8 i7. 650/1.3.

    My needs are some light autocad, light graphic work, not much video, etc. Nothing major.

    The geekbench scores are almost the same for each. I added the 2.3 also for comparison.

    The 2.8 i7.

    The 2.7 i7.

    The 2.4 i5.

    The 2.3 i5.

    Notice how the 2.7 only supports 8GB of ram! WTH?

    Since they all have hyperthreading and the biggest difference is the cache? I don't think the i7 is worth it do you?
  2. itegypt macrumors 6502


    Aug 6, 2011
    There are plenty of posts about this here….I have an I7 if I could get I5 with SSD I would have been happier I had a SSD drive in my older Dell it was really fast
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
  4. iamthedudeman thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2007
    That is my point. Because of the SSD, is the i7 worth it? The geekbench scores would indicate no.
  5. iamthedudeman thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2007

    I searched for posts. put they were all without the SSD, not to mentioned Apple branded. There are no such posts that i can find, if there can you post it?
  6. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    Geekbench tests CPU and RAM, not the hard drive/SSD.
  7. iamthedudeman thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2007
    I know that. Hense the reason for the thread. Would the i7 matter if either had the SSD. Or just a high end Air?
  8. Verloc macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2009
  9. iamthedudeman, Oct 29, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2011

    iamthedudeman thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2007
    That is good. I just saw a refurb i7 13 on Apples site. going to purchase it. Lower price than a new base model.

    And I think that the example of the 13 i7 I had before might have been a bad example. I did a search and mostly all of the 13 inch i7 2.7 were over 8200 on average. They were on average 7200 for the new base 2.4. So a 1000 points might be worth it given they are the same price. And that the refurbs are most likely overstock items and not returned items because of the recent refresh.


    Thanks guys for the feedback.

    Got the TBD,SSD and MStands and Ram, sold my imac and ipad2. Will not be needing them. Broke even on the deal.

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