Macbook Pro 15 Retina, CPU Choice ?

mesca

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Dear guys,

I am currently hypothesizing to switch from my actual setup (iMac 27'' 2009 with mounted SSD and 16GB + Macbook Pro 13'' 8GB SSD as well) to just a single Macbook Pro 15'' Retina. In future I may purchase an updated Cinema Display.

Therefore my doubts are actually related to the laptop's CPU. Apple offers you two kind of upgrade:
  • Intel Core i7 quad-core a 2,5GHz, Turbo Boost fino a 3,7GHz
  • Intel Core i7 quad-core a 2,8GHz, Turbo Boost fino a 4,0GHz
Which one is worth it ? None ?

Any suggestions ?

Thank you
 

maflynn

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It all depends on how you use it.

Look at the benchmarks and determine if the increased in numbers in a benchmark makes it worthwhile for the cost increase.

I don't think you'll notice very much real world differences tbh, but that's just me.

I think I read you'll see benchmarks under 10% faster with the 2.8 and real world increase with the faster processor is around 4 percent.
 

mesca

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It all depends on how you use it.

Look at the benchmarks and determine if the increased in numbers in a benchmark makes it worthwhile for the cost increase.

I don't think you'll notice very much real world differences tbh, but that's just me.

I think I read you'll see benchmarks under 10% faster with the 2.8 and real world increase with the faster processor is around 4 percent.
Thank you for your help.

I actually forgot to mention that my usage is probably a little more than the average user, in the past few years I haven't stressed my iMac with high computional applications, such as video editing or 3D modelling. I usually have done some Photoshop with vacations' photos or coding or gaming. In the instance of the latter a more powerfull CPU won't make a big difference.

Do you have any reference to benchmark wherein different configurations are evaluated ?

Best
 

Hustler1337

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Dear guys,

I am currently hypothesizing to switch from my actual setup (iMac 27'' 2009 with mounted SSD and 16GB + Macbook Pro 13'' 8GB SSD as well) to just a single Macbook Pro 15'' Retina. In future I may purchase an updated Cinema Display.

Therefore my doubts are actually related to the laptop's CPU. Apple offers you two kind of upgrade:
  • Intel Core i7 quad-core a 2,5GHz, Turbo Boost fino a 3,7GHz
  • Intel Core i7 quad-core a 2,8GHz, Turbo Boost fino a 4,0GHz
Which one is worth it ? None ?

Any suggestions ?

Thank you

In all honesty, you won't really see any noticeable difference between the processor speeds. It's only where you are performing highly CPU-intensive tasks that you start to notice the difference. For the majority of people, the differences are negligible. Save yourself some buck and go for the 2.5Ghz option. :)
 

mesca

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In all honesty, you won't really see any noticeable difference between the processor speeds. It's only where you are performing highly CPU-intensive tasks that you start to notice the difference. For the majority of people, the differences are negligible. Save yourself some buck and go for the 2.5Ghz option. :)
In order to save some bucks I should go for the default configuration: Intel Core i7 quad-core a 2,2GHz.

Did you mean this or to evaluate a moderate upgrade going with 2,5GHz ?

@MCAsan

Great dude, good source! Thank you
 

yjchua95

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In order to save some bucks I should go for the default configuration: Intel Core i7 quad-core a 2,2GHz.

Did you mean this or to evaluate a moderate upgrade going with 2,5GHz ?

@MCAsan

Great dude, good source! Thank you
If you go for the 2.2GHz option, you lose the 750M and also 512GB SSD.

I'd recommend the stock high-end (2.5/16/512/750M).