Is there really a huge difference between the 2012 and 2013 rMBPs?

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  1. dixie8123 macrumors member

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    I am looking at the the Retina Display MBPs, and found this deal:

    2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 Processor
    16GBs RAM
    768GB SSD
    NVIDA GeForce GT 650M w/ 1GB & Intel HD Graphics 4000

    June, 2012
    $2399.99

    VS

    2.6GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 Processor
    16GBs RAM
    1TB SSD
    Intel Iris Pro Graphics / NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 2GB GDDR5 memory

    $3299.99
    Newest Model.

    So, which one is the better deal to you?
     
  2. lagisibuk macrumors 6502

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    i will go with old version (june 2012).
     
  3. raptor402 macrumors 6502

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    For the price difference, definitely the first one.

    However, you might want to consider the top Haswell model. (2.3GHz / 16GB / 512GB). That'll run you $2599 without any discounts.

    Regards
    Raptor
     
  4. john123 macrumors 68000

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    The old one is the "better deal," but the comparison is faulty to start with for two reasons:

    A) There's still a large price premium on the 1TB SSD.
    B) There's still a price premium on the 2.6Ghz Haswell, and it's not even the "right" CPU for comparing. The new 2.3Ghz Haswell is faster than the old 2.7Ghz Ivy Bridge, so be speccing a model out with the 2.6Ghz, you've created a much faster but much more expensive machine.
     
  5. cardfan macrumors 65816

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    This one with the education discount.
     
  6. Justinhub2003 macrumors regular

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    Is the 2012 model used?

    Do you get a warranty at all?

    Just asking because if it had really bad image retention, you may not be able to exchange older model.


    That said: I'm the IT lead at my company that uses all Mac's. I've have used every Retina MacBook model to date. My personal model is the late 2013 2.3ghz 16gb 512SSD option but my work laptop is a june 2012 model baseline.

    In Day to day use they "feel" exactly the same performance wise. From opening and editing .Ai files and .PSD's, both feel similar. The new one does feel slightly faster at booting and loading apps because of the faster I/O.


    ultimately it comes down to warranty I would say as performance really feels the same. And battery life will be better on the new MBP.
     
  7. jondunford macrumors 6502

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    if its used it will probably be fine anyway cos the original owner would have returned it if it had IR
     
  8. iKrivetko macrumors 6502a

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    No, and there couldn't have been. At least that's true for the 15".
     
  9. dixie8123 thread starter macrumors member

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  10. mrsavage1 macrumors regular

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    I have a top end 15 mbpr 2013. and had a chance to use a 2012 mbpr. The 2013 is extraordinarily quiet and controls thermals much much better than the 2012 mbpr. That alone I feel is a good reason to choose it more than the 2012.
     
  11. pakotlar macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys,

    First time poster. I'm quite concerned with GUI performance. Will be mostly programming, running MAMP, running Node.JS server, developing webapps, some modest Photoshop work.

    I found a deal that basically allows me to purchase the 2.6GHz/16GB/512GB Late 2012 model + AppleCare through 2015 for $800 less than the ME294 model (2.3/16/512 Late 2013) w/o AppleCare.

    This is a no-brainer right? Late 2012 all the way? Will I notice a big difference in usability between the two?
     
  12. hovscorpion12 macrumors 65816

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    I came from the mid 2010 Macbook pro, so the Late 2013 Retina Macbook Pro had a step up, but from what i can see and what I've played with in the Apple store is that the only difference between the 2012 vs the 2013 is the graphic card, Quad-Core CPU, Better Battery life, All models have SSD, Price. I'm not the best person for answers since I came from the 2010 model, but I think I hit on some of the points.
     
  13. undesign macrumors regular

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    I'd take the 2012 model. Take out the optical drive and put in another HDD or SSD for even greater storage. Performance isn't going to be that great of difference compared to the 2013 rMBP.
     
  14. jmoore5196 macrumors 6502a

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    If the OP is specifying a 2012 retina display MBP, there's no optical drive to take out.
     
  15. john123 macrumors 68000

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    Having actually owned the 2012 and 2013 models, I find virtually no difference on thermals or noise between the two.

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    Yeah, that's a no-brainer. Almost no practical difference.
     
  16. Quu macrumors 68020

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    The old one is an excellent price. I considered that myself but in the end I went with the newer model for the extra 256GB of storage, 802.11ac wireless and 4K 60Hz capability from the Thunderbolt 2 port (confirmed does work inside Windows via Bootcamp). But those are features that mattered to me specifically if you don't care for these feature changes then get the old one you're saving a lot of money.
     

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