Macbook Pro June 2012 x Macbook Pro October 2013

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  1. aleflu macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2012
    Hello Guys...

    I'm in doubt between these two Refurbished Macs.

    Originally released June 2012
    15.4-inch (diagonal) Retina display; 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch
    8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    256GB Flash Storage
    720p FaceTime HD Camera
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory

    Originally released October 2013
    15.4-inch (diagonal) Retina display; 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch
    8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    256GB Flash Storage1
    720p FaceTime HD camera
    Intel Iris Pro Graphics

    I wonder which one would fit best with my work. The programs I use the most are the photo editing and video (Photoshop, Flash, Premiere ...).

    In my Job, I use a iMac (Late 2012 27" 2,9 GHz Intel Core i5, 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 512 MB) and I like.

    Thx Guys!
  2. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    You'll get faster I/O and slightly better battery life in the late-2013 model. However, currently the latest 2013 model doesn't provide any option for upgrading the SSD. In terms of processing (CPU) power, maybe you'll get a slightly faster speed from the 2012 model since its base model runs at 2.3GHz x 2 GHz in the late-2013 model.

    Of course the clock frequency is not always an indicator of performance, but since the main benefit of Haswell over Ivy Bridge is battery life, I presume that an Ivy Bridge with 2.3 GHz is a bit faster than a 2 GHz Haswell one.

    In short: you'll get slightly (max 10%) more computation power and upgradeability in the 2012 model over the 2013 one, however the late-2013 will provide faster I/O (almost twice as faster) and you could, theoretically, install an external GPU on it through Thunderbolt 2.

    Don't know... they have advantages and disadvantages, it's up to you choosing what is more important.
  3. kelon111 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2013

    The June 2012 model in this case will be similar enough to your iMac. That specific 2013 model you mentioned doesn't have a dedicated GPU. In GPU related tasks the June 2012 model will be much faster overall.
  4. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    His entire workload is compute though. It's really this simple:

    Nvidia 650M = only game in town if the program uses CUDA for compute. Iris Pro cannot do CUDA at all, as it is Nvidia technology.
    Iris Pro = slightly faster at OpenCL compute

    So, it depends entirely on what language those programs use to do their compute.

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