Macbook Pro 15 Late 2013 vs Mid 2014

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  1. googdot macrumors regular

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    I am looking at buying the base model mid 2014 15" Macbook Pro (i7 2.2GHz, 16GB ram, Iris Pro) and upgrading the hard drive to 512GB.

    However, my local shop has the top end late 2013 model (i7 2.3GHz, 16GB ram, 512GB hard drive, Iris Pro, 750M dGPU) for $120 cheaper than upgrading the HDD in the new base model.

    I'm fairly certain I don't need the dGPU, which was why I was looking at the 2014 base model + larger hard drive.

    I'm a bit concerned about battery life with the dGPU model - Any advice on which to buy?
     
  2. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    You might want to read the other 20 threads over the past few days with pretty much the same question.


    (cliff notes - most would go for the older)
     
  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    If I were you, I'd go for the 2.3/16/512/750M variant.

    The battery life is identical, just use gfxcardstatus to disable the 750M when on battery power. I do that on my 2.6/16/1TB/750M model and get around 8-9 hours.
     
  4. Sifinity macrumors 6502

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    get the late 2013 unless you plan on selling the 2014 in a year or two . the late 2014 isn't bad either but its practically the same thing , battery life won't be affected unless your running things that use the dgpu
     
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  6. googdot thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for all the replies. I did search and found lots of questions about 2013 vs 2014 before I posted, but none were specifically about the two machines I'm considering.

    Looks like I'll go for the 2013 model :)
     
  7. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    On a side note, the late-2013 and mid-2014 models are identical in every way except the CPU, which is too insignificant to make much of a difference.
     
  8. Praxis91 macrumors regular

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    I have the "older"...which I hate saying since I bought it 6 months ago, so I say go for the older. :p
     
  9. vpro macrumors 65816

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    Refurb !

    Late 2013 2.6 maxed out refurb is the way to go. I got three for my nephews and nieces for college / uni 2014.

    Love you all.
     
  10. kappaknight macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, I was about to get the 2.5Ghz 2014, but found the maxed out 2013 to be about $150 cheaper so I went with that.
     

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