Macbook pro retina 13" spec decision...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by amj23, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. amj23 macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2013
    I'm planning on buying the new MacBook pro retina 13" (mbp) and it's time I decide what specs I want and need.

    I'd want to know the difference between the 2.4GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5 and the 2.8GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7. Is it really big? I primarily play Minecraft on high settings and love when it's really smooth. (no lag) I'll also be doing the casual word processing and what not.

    I'd also wish to know whether I should rather spend the money on 16 gb of ram or if the processor is more worth it.

    All answers are greatly appreciated and thank you in advance. ;-)
  2. puma1552 macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    400 MHz is a significant jump IMO.

    I also wouldn't buy a non-upgradeable computer with 8 gigs of RAM going into 2014. 8 might be fine now, but who knows how much hungrier future OSs and software will get. Always max out the ram, the price isn't that bad from Apple this time. Then again I am hoping my wife uses the machine for 3-5 years.

    <---2.8/16/512 13" rMBP on order for the wife
  3. amj23 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2013
    In real world performance is 400 MHz noticeable?
  4. doubleaa macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2011
    $200 to add 8 GB of memory is ridiculous. It should be $100.
  5. AlecMyrddyn macrumors 6502

    Dec 5, 2008
    Southern Maine
    There are a ton of threads from the last 24 hours asking similar questions.

    The best answer I've found so far is from:
    So $1499 13" is the best bang for the buck?

    And Geekbench scores tell you % wise what the difference is:

    Per these scores:
    Comparing the 2.6 i5 to the 2.4 i5:
    • 9.3% faster for Single-Core
    • 13.5% faster for Multi-Core.
    Comparing the 2.8 i7 to 2.4 i5:
    • 14.8% faster for Single-Core
    • 17.9% faster for Multi-Core.
    Comparing the 2.8 i7 to the 2.6 i5:
    • 5.0% faster for Single-Core
    • 3.9% faster for Multi-Core.

    So the 2.6 GHz i5 definitely seems to be the best % increase per $. Both the 2.6 i5 and 2.8 i7 give you the 9.1% speed boost to the Iris 5100 graphics frequency over the 2.4. The i7 also gives you 25% more L3 cache, which may be useful depending on how CPU intensive your work is.

    I'm in a similar situation trying to decide what I want. I know I'm at least buying the top-end 13" configuration (2.6/8/512 for $1799). I can't decide if I want to spend the extra $200 each for 16 GB of RAM and/or the upgrade to the 2.8 i7.

    On the one hand, I doubt really think I need either upgrade for my planned uses: browsing, document creation, editing photos and short videos for a blog, maybe the occasional windows GPS trip planning software via VMWare Fusion. Buying a "stock" model means I can pick it up in store, and should I have warranty issues get a replacement more quickly.

    On the other hand, I would be annoyed if in a couple years I'm running up against RAM or CPU limits, and need to replace the machine with a new one...

    I'd like to buy soon, but don't need to immediately. I can wait to see video benchmarks and learn if there's any speed differences between the 2.6 i5 and 2.8 i5 in terms of the Iris 5100 performance.
  6. puma1552 macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    Depends on your use, but for a couple hundred bucks I think it's worth it.

    I disagree. For years it was $200 to go from 2 to 4 or 4 to 8 gigs. Comparatively, 8 gigs for 200 right out of the box is a deal.

    You're buying Apple, pay to play, you know that.
  7. AlecMyrddyn macrumors 6502

    Dec 5, 2008
    Southern Maine
  8. iThink Apple macrumors 6502a

    iThink Apple

    Aug 27, 2011
  9. Yaboze macrumors 6502a


    May 31, 2007
    The Garden State
    If I was buying (I'm not), I would get the 8GB/256GB one for 1499. It's a no brainer. The $200 gets you more than just +4GB.
  10. une olive macrumors member

    une olive

    Aug 29, 2013
    I've seen these numbers. But what do they really mean in reality. What does the difference mean... Faster yes but in what case ?

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