Late 2013 Retina or Early 2013 Retina ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by soamz, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. soamz macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2010
    Orissa, India
    I was just checking the specs and the Early 2013 15 MBP Retina looks more powerful.

    Can someone just point out the differences, which can make sense going for the new retina ?
  2. -Ray- macrumors regular


    Jul 2, 2011
    Do not pay attention to the difference in processor frequency. The newer version at only 2.0ghz is more powerful than the 2.4ghz. This is because the architecture of the CPU is different. Haswell vs Ivy Bridge.

    In all tests I've seen the previous generation is slower by 10%.

  3. BuCkDoG macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2013
    I think the Early 2013 was/is a better deal honestly. With regards to the 15in model. The current 15in model is now 200 cheaper but the base 15in doesn't have a discrete GPU. If I was going to spend 2,000 on a "pro" machine, I would certainly expect a discrete GPU. Plus not to mention the clock speeds have been turned down some as well in an effort for battery life with Haswell. As far as the stock high end 15in, that is a good deal. You get the 750M with 2gbddr5, the faster SSD and 16gb ram but again your forced into this category if you want this whereas before you weren't. As far as the 13in, I personally wouldn't even recommend it unless all you care about is portability. The power in them is garbage for the money and the stock 13 only comes with 4gb ram! Another downgrade from the previous year. All in all, look for refurbished early 2013 models as that will give you the best value. A lot of people have already figured this out so hurry up and get in line! ;)

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