Macbook Pro advice: 2.7ghz Ivy vs 2.3ghz Haswell

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by KDuffy, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. KDuffy, Jan 6, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2014

    KDuffy macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2014

    Forgive my grammar or spelling as I'm writing this on the bus.

    I'm trying to figure out what my best option is between the following. Bearing in mind that both are offered at a very similar price for me:

    Mid 2012 rMacbook Pro 2.7ghz, 16gb RAM, GT650M, 768gb SSD.


    Late 2013 rMBP 2.3ghz Haswell, 16gb RAM, GT750M, 512gb pci-e SSD.

    I'm an illustrator and animator so I will be using OSX for both Photoshop illustration and video editing/rendering (in particular After Effects with relatively heavy scenes).

    But on top of that I'd like a small Windows partition for some casual (verging on moreso) gaming.

    The 2013 rmbp would be £1869 brand new whereas the 2012 would be £1720 and only has 7 battery cycles on the clock (can this be edited with some hacking?)

    Further note the 2012 is covered by Applecare until October 2015. The 2013 would be covered until January 2017.

    Thanks for any advice guys!
  2. martinm0, Jan 6, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2014

    martinm0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2010
    You can't really go wrong with either of these machines. I have the early 2013 2.7 rMPB and its just awesome. The two you are looking at are pretty comparable even with the higher clock speeds on the 2012. Geekbench shows the 2.3 2013 model to actually be faster in multi core tests. Couple that with a better GPU, and much faster PCIe connection for the SSD and Thunderbolt 2, I'd probably go with the 2013 model. Plus, AppleCare goes longer.

    Again, can't really make a bad choice here in my opinion.
  3. KDuffy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2014
    Cheers Martinm0,

    I'm veering towards the 2013 model. Strange though that the Haswell processor is getting better benchmark scores, despite the relatively large gap in clock speed. It is something I've noticed though.

    Anyway thanks again!
  4. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Some of the speed may be the faster SSDs in the 2013 models.
  5. KDuffy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2014
    I didn't think Geekbench factored in write/read speed. I thought it was purely a processor test?

    In a real world example would a video render faster on the 2.7 ivy?
  6. Latt macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2013
    Don't forget the improved graphics card of the 2013 model. It might not be that much of a big deal now, but as adobe updates their software to make good use of OpenCL, you'll probably experience quite a lot more of a speed increase with the 2013 model.

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