Keep MBP 2010 .... or Update

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nicbrownn80, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. nicbrownn80 macrumors newbie

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    Hi Everyone.

    I currently have a mid 2010 MBP 13", 256 Crucial M4 SSD, 8GB Ram, 320M Graphics. I wanted to upgrade for some time now but still not sure if it's the perfect time.

    I am an application developer. I am worried that the 15" might be a little big for my taste while I am on the train. I do sometimes play some SC2 that my current laptop only runs at min settings. I run IntellJ, Jetty, Tomcat, Xcode, and VM's that enjoy eating up my memory.

    Option A) rMBP 13" 2.6Ghz, 8GB ram, 256 SSD. I want to get the 2.6Ghz b/c it will added 100Mhz to the Intel Iris 5100. Cost: 1,599.00 I am worried that this laptop might not be a huge update from my 320M.

    Option B) rMBP 15" (Early 2013) , 8GB ram, 256 SSD, GeForce GT 650M, Refurbished. Cost: 1,659.00 I am worried this laptop might be a little big. It also seems like a steal considering the new $2K laptops don't come with a detected graphics card anymore.

    Option C) Wait or anything else you guys have in mind.

    Thanks so much!!
     
  2. johnnylarue macrumors 6502a

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    I'm going to answer your question without even reading your post.

    I had a 2010 17" MBP with a nice Crucial M4 512GB SSD in it. 8GB RAM. Ran great... until it was stolen.

    If it had been up to me, I would definitely have hung onto it for another year and waited for the Broadwell update--which has the potential to be a much more significant improvement than Haswell. 30% gain in efficiency, IGZO display (again, potentially), the 1080p camera which should have been included on this refresh but wasn't, etc.

    My opinion: hold out for next year, unless your current rig is really crippling you.
     
  3. Starfyre macrumors 68000

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    Keep MBP 2010. Its a great and powerful machine. Plus you've got options to upgrade your parts and battery.
     
  4. redmondwa macrumors newbie

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    Expanding question to: new 15"rMBP - or keep mid-2009 MBP

    I have a MB985LL/A 15" mid-2009
    Processor 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Memory 8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256 MB
    replaced hard drive with TOSHIBA MK7559GSXP 750GB

    interested in the top configuration (1T, etc) 15" rMPR. Given what I use the laptop for common sense would be to keep what I have. That said - tempted to upgrade to a new machine. Would there be a noticeable difference with basic use / office apps / etc. Also note that I run Parallels with Windows 7 (for a few apps with no Mac option).

    Thanks much :)
     
  5. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    broadwell probably won't have nvidia graphics, so I'd go for it now if that's important to you
     
  6. nicbrownn80 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes. For a few reasons.

    A) You will be getting an SSD. This will make a huge different in boot times, opening apps ect. That being said, you can always upgrade your current laptop to an SSD but you will not get the same performance as a rMBP speeds. I don't think it would be a notable difference between a 2009 MBP with SSD to a rMBP.

    B) Do you see your CPU being totally used? Your going from 2 cores to 4. Your going to get about 400% more cpu power. You will not notice a difference UNLESS your actually going to use it. I doubt your using your CPU at 100% now.

    C) Besides all that you will notice slight different from faster ram, ect.

     
  7. jmdMac macrumors regular

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    I would hold out another 9-12 months for Broadwell. I was pretty eager to jump on the Haswell boat, but nothing has really impressed me as much as I was hoping for. So I will stick with my 2010, I put 8GB ram and and SSD in it so it still does what I need it to.
     

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