Is it worth it to bump up the new 15” MBP base model to the 2.5 or 2.8GHz versions?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by McPantsington, May 21, 2015.

  1. McPantsington macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2015
    The new 15” MBP base model comes with a 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor. But you have the option of bumping it up to the 2.5 or 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor versions.

    I plan to use this computer primarily for Adobe programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Not any video editing or anything that’s rendering intensive. But the ability for casual gaming or watching movies every now and then would be nice.

    So here’s my thinking. I’m already pretty sure that I don’t need the high end MBP. The AMD graphics is probably something that would be overkill for what I’m interested in. And because I don’t tend to store a lot of files of any sort on my computer, I think 256 GB flash storage should probably be fine.

    But I’m still hung up on the 2.2, 2.5, or 2.8 GHz. If I keep everything else at the base model, will upgrading be noticeable? Do I even need 2.5 or 2.8 with what I plan to use this computer for?

    Thanks, for your help.
  2. Xgm541 macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    No, for your uses, the money is probably better to be saved or spent on a larger SSD (for movies).
  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    You don't.
  4. ayzee macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2008
    It would have a better resale value in future if you got the higher Ghz
  5. Xgm541 macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    That's absolutely not true. Maxing out an apple product for resale value is only a good idea in terms of RAM. The same model with 2.5 ghz will sell at the same price as one with 2.8 ghz, give everything else is the same.
  6. mgdominguez macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2010
    I think it's relative. Where I live, bumping the base config to 2.5 increases the price ~5%, and when I googled around for the performance difference in benchmarks that matter to my use cases it's usually between 7% and 10% so for me that's a worthwhile update.

    That's not the case for the 2.8 option. That adds ~23% to the base price, but the performance gains are more sedate, reaching ~20% only in a subset of the benchmarks I'm interested.

    You could try searching for benchmarks on the apps you describe and see if the performance difference matters to you.
  7. wct097 macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2010
    Precious few people would ever notice real-world differences between 2.5 and 2.8ghz in the same processor family.
  8. totten76 macrumors regular


    Mar 12, 2015
    Save the money, you wouldn't see the difference
  9. MBHockey macrumors 68040


    Oct 4, 2003
    New York
    Perused the benchmarks for 2.8 vs 2.5 and they were not convincing that it was worth the money (for me). I opted for the 1 TB SSD instead which is a much more worthwhile upgrade for my use.
  10. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    As far as computer upgrades go, a good rule of thumb to go by: if you have to ask, you don't need it.
  11. Kal-037, May 21, 2015
    Last edited: May 21, 2015

    Kal-037 macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2015
    Depends on the day, but usually I live all over.
    With student discount or other discount = yeah... otherwise I say maybe not. I myself opted for it instead of the 1TB SSD as that was way too expensive, plus 512GB is plenty of space. I preferred to have the faster performance. :cool: :)
    You can ask anyone all day if there's a difference but here's the truth: (It's up to you)
    Fact is 2.8GHz IS faster than 2.5GHz,
    but depending on if you want to spend the extra 180-200 for it, that is up to you. It's all just preference when deciding something like that.
    I used this site to help me decide though... (it's the fifth fastest Mac out right now) #5 single core score #15 multicore score :D

  12. capitanbuzo macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2007
    Only higher resale because you paid more to begin with.
  13. placidity44 macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2015
    I highly doubt you'd notice much of a difference if any. I wouldn't

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