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 6502a


    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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