Is 256GB worth the $200 over the 128?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by airplaneman, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. airplaneman, Jul 30, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2014

    airplaneman macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2009
    Hey all,

    I've scoured the forums for past comparisons of the baseline 13" rMBP model versus its mid-range counterpart. I had been considering buying a 13" rMBP for some time now, and until this point, the mid-range model had been a no-brainer. I considered the mid-range model my best choice, however, more for the 8GB of memory than anything else. Now that the baseline model also has 8GB, it is all the more enticing.

    Is 256GB of storage really that much faster than 128GB that it's worth $200 more? I'm looking to do some photo and video work in Adobe CS, but nothing too drastic. I'm really fine with purchasing an external to house this content. If the smaller 128GB drive is noticeably slower in daily use, as I've read, then $200 extra for a faster 256GB drive is enticing.

    tl;dr – Most importantly, is the 256GB drive noticeably faster than the 128GB drive? Storage space is not an issue.

    Penny for your thoughts?
  2. Ardmanz macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2013
    In real world usage you won't see any difference in speed.

    You're not paying for the speed, you're paying for the capacity.
  3. tooobe macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2008
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    It won't be faster, but while you said storage isn't an issue, it almost always is. I'd say spend the 200 just for double the space.
  5. manzanabook macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2014
    Same issue yesterday.

    I did it and spend the 200 therefor.
    I think in the end, i am happy to have more space. I am already now, cuz 128Gb is ok but after some months it could be to less for sure, (for me).

    Imagine you want to load your pics or vids on the pc but u dont have enough space, and first u need to delete sth, or load data to a SD-Card. That would be annoying.

    I paid already this much, that i don't want to regret in the end to save money at the wrong time.
  6. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2014
    Larger SSDs and HDDs are generally a little bit faster than their smaller counterparts, but it isn't going to be noticeable when the read and write speeds are already very high. Think about it this way: if you're reading 50 MB of data, it doesn't matter if you do it at 500 MB/s or 550 MB/s because it will be instantaneous either way.

    The only time it might be noticeable is if you are working with huge files that are many gigabytes in size. Even then, you have to consider how often you would do something like that, if ever. Is it worth $200 to save 20 seconds every month or so when you backup your home folder? Not to me. The only reason to spend the extra $200 is if you really need more internal storage space.
  7. capathy21 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2014
    Houston, Texas

    Two days ago, that machine was 1499. It's now 1189.

    Problem solved! That model gives you the 8/256 config for 110 dollars less than the new base model. The only difference is the .02GHZ speed bump which would never be noticed in day to day use.

    Unless you just have to have the newest model for whatever reason. That's a much better deal.
  8. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    listen to capathy! The 2013 rmbps are a steal now!
  9. nostresshere macrumors 68030

    Dec 30, 2010
    I am thinking the decision would be 256 vs 512. I have been dealing with 256 for a few years and have to move stuff off, especially when ripping movies.

    Will probably do the 512.
  10. 5to1 macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2008
    With some free capacity you likely won't notice much of a difference in real world usage. However, as you get close to capacity, large writes may slow down, even with TRIM in operation.
  11. Raffi macrumors 6502a


    Oct 1, 2013
  12. bobcan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2007
    Sunny but Cold.. Canada
    And, I suspect as SSDs are non-user-serviceable, when it comes time to try to Sell It, the bigger/fancier one will be MUCH easier to get rid of.. and will bring a fair bit of your $$ back too I am confident ~ Seems things always work that way in life and 'toys' too!!
  13. psik macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007
    What do u mean? They can be changed soon after third party companies start selling them and with the special screws that are not too hard to get of course...
  14. bobcan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2007
    Sunny but Cold.. Canada
    Tis true, somewhat ~ ~ I suppose then I must clarify my thought process above accordingly: Truthfully, ANYTHING can be replaced, once Warranty has 'run its course' or unless you Do Not Care, should you be technically able.. If the current PCIe-SSD is on a daughterboard (as earlier models) and 'fairly user friendly' to get to, then most folks who understand could then Give 'er Indeed >> I shall certainly never Judge One for having the Urge to Save a Buck, and Do It Themselves!! :cool:
  15. psik macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007
    Thanks ;) and oh come on its not that bad if after a couple if years, it's very hard to break the laptop if all you want is to change the hard disk ;)
  16. hugemacfan macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2014
    I would say yes. I originally got the base MBP 13 inch but returned it for the 256 gig model. I don't really need the storage space now because my desktop has plenty of storage space and I have an external hard drive but I don't know what I might be doing with the computer in the future so I figured it was better to be safe than sorry. I don't like having to compromise on disk space and ram. My old MacBook only had an 80 gig hard drive so it kind of feels good that I have a newer MacBook that has much more storage space, but is also solid state, which in turn makes the computer thinner and faster.
  17. bobcan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2007
    Sunny but Cold.. Canada
    Absolutely Agreed.. I have done my own RAM and HD/SSD upgrades to every MBP I have had since 2006, if you are careful and use proper tools (and make use of many of the forums/clips such as iFixit has) there is almost no way to go wrong.. Almost.. :cool:
  18. psik macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007
    Yes totally agree. I have even replaced other parts of my macbook. But specially the hard disk is a tad easier or easier than other repairs at least.. Still do it on a day when you have patience cause there is no going back if something breaks. And, anyways so far we have to wait for these ssds forvlate 2013 and mid 2014 anyways they are still unavailable
  19. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2007
    Not worth $200 in speed nor capacity, but 128GB is laughable storage space and Apple's got you over a barrel, without lube...

    Not speccing ALL the retinas with 16GB and at least 256GB SSDs was a straight-up Gordon Gekko move out of Apple.


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