MacBook Pro 2011 vs 2012

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  1. kingmars macrumors newbie

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    should i buy a Macbook Pro 15' 2011 2.2 Ghz Sandy bridge with 240 GB SSD and a 500 GB HDD + 8 GB of RAM

    or a Macbook Pro 15' 2012 2.3 Ghz Ivy Bridge with a 500 GB HDD and 4 GB of ram

    2011 is 800
    2012 is 900

    I NEED HELP its a hard decision :(

    :apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple:
     
  2. Laco macrumors 6502

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    2012 has a better processor and better gpu. Personally, I think that is worth $100. Also I would factor in the fact that if you are buying used the 2012 has one less year of use on it than the 2011 model so all else being equal it should last longer.
     
  3. Barney63 macrumors 6502a

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    If you go for the 2012 MBP I would also factor in the cost of an SSD and RAM upgrade.

    Barney
     
  4. hallux macrumors 68020

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    2012 also has USB 3.0 while the 2011 has USB 2.0...
     
  5. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Don't buy the 15"/17" 2011 models, those models have been plagued by Radeongate (Radeon GPU failure).

    I was one of those affected.
     
  6. kingmars thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Upgrades

    So, If i get the 2012, What are the essential upgrade i should get other than RAM?
     
  7. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

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    The 17 inch model was far, far less affected by this than the 15 by this problem. I just bought a 17 late 2011 very cheaply to replace my mid 2010 17 and shortly will be tearing it down to repaste and tint the CPU/GPU and heatpipe with Artic Silver 5 paste to drop the idle temperatures down typically 15 degrees C. Apple usually apply far too much paste and its much poorer quality thermally than AS-5.

    It would probably cost 100-150 bucks for a competent engineer to do it and if they need to be shown how to do it here's a video:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=18464571&postcount=2

    May want to show this to the 2011 seller and get a discount :D
     
  8. hallux macrumors 68020

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    Not too much more to do besides the RAM and SSD. I've done both to mine, both made a big difference.
     
  9. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a

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    Both seem like decent pricing, and both are excellent computers. Given that a 240GB SSD is both small and slower than its more reasonably sized brethren, I would suggest that both machines will need a hybrid/SSD upgrade. Given that, the 2012 is the way to go. It'll have a better (more reliable) dGPU & USB 3.

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  11. TechZeke macrumors 68020

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    Yes. Before I switched to 100% SSD, the Seagate 1TB hybrid worked flawlessly. It definitely speeds up boot time and frequently used programs. I recommend it to anyone who needs a speed boost but needs capacity, as it works exactly as advertised. It will take a few boots and a little while to see the full effect of the SSD on board the Hybrid drive, as it needs to learn what you use so don't expect day one results.

    With that said, if you are looking at anything lower than 1TB, I'd pay the extra $100-$150 and go for 500GB SSD.
     
  12. kingmars thread starter macrumors newbie

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    which is better: a dual drive setup with a 250 GB SSD and 500 Gb regular hard drive or a SSHD and a SuperDrive
     
  13. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Dual drive, no question about it.
     
  14. TechZeke, Mar 17, 2014
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    If you are up for the challenge of removing the optical drive, I would go with dual drives. The SSHD being smart about your usage is a plus, but it only has like 6-8gb of on-board SSD. 250 GB is more than enough to put all your essential programs and files while feeling like a complete SSD experience.
     
  15. kingmars thread starter macrumors newbie

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    the thought of having no DVD drive on board kind of makes me nervous! Lol but I guess I'll do the Dual drive with an enclosure for the SuperDrive. any advice on file setup guys?
     
  16. kingmars thread starter macrumors newbie

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    And I wonder if you can do a dual drive with a SSD and a SSHD? I wonderrr.... :cool:
     
  17. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Why couldn't you? A drive's a drive.
     
  18. kingmars thread starter macrumors newbie

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    well I don't think it's practical though. that's lot of power consumption.

    speaking of power consumption: which would be better as my second drive: a 1tb SSHD or a 7200 rpm 1tb drive
     
  19. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    There would be very little if any difference between the two.
     
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  21. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    I have a SSD in the main bay and hard drive in place of the optical drive, I'm getting 6-7 hours just browsing the web.
     
  22. simonsi macrumors 601

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    I have an SSD in the Optical and HDD in the main drive bay, when just web browsing and the HDD is spun down I get a genuine 7hrs usage at 50-70% screen brightness.
     

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