Macbook Pro *Non Retina" 15" inch.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dime4dice, Mar 31, 2015.

  1. dime4dice macrumors newbie


    Feb 3, 2015
    Do you think its worth purchasing this Macbook pro. a friend in school is selling it to me for 500 but i think he doesnt know what he has exactly. here are the specs: MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.6 15" Mid-2012, 2.6GHZ, 8gb Ram,NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching. Its a very fast computer and it has Yosemite. What do you guys thing? i was planning on purchasing a mac but for this price....would like to know your opinions.
  2. magbarn macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    If you can live with the screen, that's one of the best MBP ever made as it's still fully upgradeable. You can load it up with 16gb of ram, put in any 3rd party SSD for way cheaper than whatever ridiculous price Apple will charge you, and you can even take the DVD drive out and put another SSD/HDD in there for a total of 2 drives.

    One caveat is that some 650M's are failing due to overheating issues and Apple will repair/replace the logic board until 2/2016.
  3. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    Without being very familiar with the American (I assume?) market for used Apple notebooks, that sounds like a really good price for a great machine.
    I use an Early 2011 15" and it's perfect. Runs completely like new (well, actually far better due to SSD and other upgrades).

    Put in a good SSD, and you're good to go with that machine for many years.

    - Actually, the repair programme doesn't cover the non-Retina 2012 models. Unless you're speaking of some other programme that I'm not familiar with?
  4. magbarn macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    That's weird as they're running the same exact GPU. Maybe the thinner rMBP chassis is what's causing the early death?
  5. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    - Well, as I understand it it isn't actually the GPUs as such that are the problem. It's the way they are integrated into the logic board.

    Now, the interesting thing is why that problem isn't present on the older 2012 cMBPs but is on the newer 2012 rMBP and also on the even older 2011 models. For some reason, it appears they got it right in between with the 2012 cMBPs...
  6. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
  7. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

    Aug 28, 2009
    Bite his arm off. That is a good price for a solid, upgradable laptop.
  8. satinsilverem2 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 12, 2013
    Richmond, VA
    I would jump on that as thats the only unibody 15 inch MacBook that has USB 3. plus most of the graphics issues were with the early and late 2011 models.
  9. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    The 650M variant used in the Ivy Bridge rMBPs were also overclocked at way higher speeds compared to the ones in the cMBPs.
  10. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    That looks like a great deal to me! I'd go for it and but a nice ssd so that the entire system perks right up. Since it already has 8gb of RAM you can wait until later to upgrade that. And like someone mentioned earlier, later on your can remove the optical drive and put another ssd in there for more storage. Last thing, as others have pointed out this model doesn't have the infamous graphics card issue as the 2011 model cMBP. As long as you're okay with the screen I think it's a good purchase.
  11. David58117 macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2013
    I had that exact model (but I put 16GB RAM and a 256GB SSD in) and sold it for $1,100 a few months ago.

    It was a very good computer, and I never had issues with mine.

    $500 is way too low, either buy it before he comes to his senses or pass it here!

    Assuming nothing is wrong with it.
  12. DanGoh macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2014
    Dude I had a mid-2012 15" non retina with almost the exact same specs except for a 2.7 ghz cpu and a 1050p hi res display upgrade, and I sold it for $1200 a little more than a year ago.

    That's a good price, if you can live with the display, but I recommend saving up more for a more up to date laptop.

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