Late 2013 13" to latest 13" (higher spec)

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  1. solideliquid macrumors 6502

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    Are the upgrades in processor (2.6 to 2.9) and faster SDD speeds in the new MBP, as well as the faster graphics and new trackpad worth the upgrade? I bet I can sell my MBP for about $1000 on eBay.
     
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  3. novasorc macrumors newbie

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    I was thinking about this earlier, since I have the late 2013 model, as well. I don't think it will be worth it unless you're doing some intense processing that you know will need it.

    2.6 -> 2.9 ghz? doubt it's noticeable
    faster ssd? doubt it's noticeable. i don't think most people can fully utilize the bandwidth even of the older slower SSDs
    force touch might be cool, but probably not worth the hassle and few hundred you're gonna lose by switching
     
  4. cruzmisl macrumors regular

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    I personally don't think the upgrades are worth it. I played around with one and the trackpad was interesting, but everything else felt the same.
     
  5. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    I've both a late-2013 13" (i7/16/512) and an early-2015 13" (i7/16/512) and they both perform almost identically. I can't even tell the difference.

    The only reason I got the Broadwell one was for OpenCL 2.0 app testing and development (the Iris 6100 supports OpenCL 2.0, but not the Iris 5100).
     
  6. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    I really doubt that the processor or SSD is a bottleneck for the vast majority of people on the late 2013 model (which I have also, 2.4/8/256). More likely is the graphics, if you play games, but the new Iris 6100 is only about a 20% improvement on the older Iris, IIRC.

    So long story short, I really you're going to see much difference unless you push your machine to its limits.
     
  7. ct1211 macrumors 6502

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    Playing around does not qualify you to answer the poor mans question. That is just plain uninformed advice and does all a disservice!

    I had a late 2013 base 13" rMBP i5/8/256 for over a year. I run Parallels Windows 8.1 Photoshop CS6 (heavy graphics and marketing work) plus a memory hog work program and Chrome (I am trying to switch to Safari but it sucks, period. I got a Early 2015 13" i7/16/512 and it has been a fast improvement. I can chew through anything. plus I get at least two more hours of battery per day.

    If you need the horsepower and headroom and make a living off your computer the upgrade is worth it. I will say the small form factor of the new 12" rMB has me drunk with desire and I may sell my new 13" beast, keep the 1.3/256 12" and get a 5K desktop for my heavy listing. Crazy you say? Well with even Delta now shrinking seat space a trip back from Vegas yesterday had me working on my 13" with the lid closed at about 45 degrees. That sealed it me thinks!
     
  8. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    I have a late-2013 13" i7/16/512 and early-2015 i7/16/512 as well and run VMs all the time, and I'm hard-pressed to tell the difference.

    You most probably grew out of your previous rMBP because of the lack of RAM.
     
  9. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    you went from an i5 with 8 GB RAM to an i7 with 16 GB RAM. It sounds like the OP is considering going from one generation i5 to the next with the same amount of RAM, so not really the same situation.
     
  10. ct1211 macrumors 6502

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    I suppose so, I did not read closely. I am so used to seeing "experts" here tell people that processor upgrades etc "are not worth the (insert meaningless % here" I thought compelled to reply. Also love your tag line. :)
     

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