MacBook Pro 15" late 2011 vs MacBook Pro 13" Retina late 2014

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by phacer, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. phacer macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2015
    Not sure if this is the right forum to post in but I'll give it a chance.

    I currently have a:

    MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011)
    2,2 GHz Intel Core i7
    10 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
    AMD Radeon HD 6750M 512 MB
    120 GB SSD

    And I just got an offer to switch it for a:

    MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina, Late 2014)
    2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    8 GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3
    Intel Iris Graphics 6100
    128 GB SSD

    I work mostly with graphics and programming, I usually have an extra display connected so 2inches less doesn't matter so much for work, but will make traveling better.

    So I'm wondering two things. Putting size aside, which computer would perform better? Anyone with experience with both laptops, which would you choose?

    And, could I use both the magsafe adapters with both computers even though they are slightly different?
  2. TheIguana macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2004
    You will need a MagSafe to MagSafe 2 adapter (runs about $10 at the Apple Store).

    13" is a dual core, 15" is a quad-core - so for multithreaded stuff like Photoshop, video editing, compiling code would probably benefit from a quad core. But the 13" would still perform nicely.
  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    The rMBP will work better due to the retina display and also the Iris 6100 can actually outperform the 6750M.

    I completely dumped my early-2011 15" (2.3/16/512 840 Pro/1GB 6750M) and replaced it with a 13" rMBP (early-2015 i7/16/512) and it works very fast.

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