Is it worth upgrading? 2009 MBP to 2012 MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by 147798, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. 147798 Suspended

    Dec 29, 2007
    Is it worth upgrading my laptop?

    I have a 2009 13" MBP C2D 2.26GHz, 8GB RAM, GeForce 9400M 256MB video card and I run dual internal drives -- 250GB SSD OS and apps disk and a 750GB HDD (I think it's 5400 RPM). This is running El Capitain.

    I have been finding lately that a number of things are running slower. Oddly enough, it's mostly more common tasks -- my web-based mail, anything having to do with firefox. The system is somewhat sluggish in general. LR5 is still OK, though I've become largely a JPG shooter and I am mostly processing 20-24 megapixel files (and I shoot my a6000 at 12MP in jpg). Maybe because I don't do raw much anymore, I don't see a difference?

    I have an opportunity to buy a 2012 MBP with i5 2.6GHz. I like that model year, because I could continue with the dual drive situation, my FW external backup devices, etc. I don't have to rebuild my entire workflow.

    But is that enough of an upgrade?

    I also have an Air, so I don't NEED a laptop, so my other thought was go with the latest macmini, to which I can add external drives, but the idea of a laptop and mobility (just in case) is always appealing.

    I would like to keep it under $1K for an upgrade, so a brand new MBP with all new lightening devices, etc. is out of the budget.

    Thanks for any help/thoughts
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    For around $1k, you could buy the "top-level" Mini. Comes with 8gb of RAM and a 1tb fusion drive standard (fusion drive has 120gb SSD portion and 1tb HDD portion). IRIS graphics.
  3. thewap macrumors demi-god


    Jun 19, 2012
    Did you try maintenance of your computer apps such as Onyx, and Macscan?. Might try un-bloating first, and tracker cookies tend to slow things down if you have hundreds of them.
  4. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Your current machine has a geekbench score of 2340.

    A 2015 machine with the i5 2.6Ghz scores 5689.

    That's about a 140% increase in raw processing power.

    I rest my case.

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