MacBook Pro retina 13''

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by aoaaron, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. aoaaron macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2010
    I think my MBP 15'' is nearly finished.

    I need an ultra portable device for my next laptop a I found the 13'' base model suits most of my requirements.

    I was going to go for the 13'' base + 16GB RAM + upgrade in procc.

    The only problem I have is memory. Most of my music is on icloud, etc.

    However, I sometimes like to boot into windows to play dolphin emulator. Is it possible I can do this via HDD or via an SD card or would it be too slow?

    Users with 13'' 128GB, how is storage for you?
  2. SarcasticJoe macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2013
    I don't have a 13" model, but I couldn't stand having only a 128GB SSD. The one in my machine right now is a 250GB aftermarket one and I've only got about 40GB to spare.
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Don't bother with the upgraded CPU

    I would say keep the stock CPU (currently 2.6ghz as I have in my high end 2013 rMBP 13) and use the money for the higher SSD size (not only bigger but faster). The .2 mHz increase is not worth the effort and makes littler difference but storage is always nice.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    You hadn't gone into detailed specifics of your needs other then streaming music, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that you probably won't need 16GB of storage.

    I'd recommend the 8GB/256GB model over a 16GB/128GB configuration.

    Running OS X and Windows on a 128GB drive is really tight.
  5. Yakibomb macrumors 6502


    May 13, 2014
    Cape Town
    My previous mac was a MBP 13" 128GB. Due to school I was occasionally required to install windows for certain apps (or just to game :p), although it can be done I would definitely say get a bigger HDD. I was pretty much forced to keep all my larger apps and files on my external HDD, this worked at first till I realized I couldn't store my movies or DMG's on it due to FAT32 having a file limit of 4GB:mad:
  6. librarian macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2011
    Dolphin is also available for OSX, there is no need to install windows.
    Just a note: dolphin performance will be inferior because of integrated gpu and dual core cpu, unless your 15" is a really, really old model. If you're coming from a 2011 or 2012 model, expect a huge performance loss.
  7. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    An other vote for upgrading the SSD instead of the CPU but if you insist on the smaller SDD then I recommend offloading things like your pics and your iTunes library onto a PNY Storedge or a Transcend JetDrive Lite.
  8. Jesla macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2013
    Tennessee USA
    I have a 13" 8 x 128 and after two years I still have 69gig free though i do
    use a 1T external and a 64gig SDX to store stuff on and back up too. If I had
    it to do again I might consider a 256 upgrade just for the small bump in speed.
  9. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Just wondering, what is troubling your 15" MBPro that makes you think it is "finished"....??
  10. mcmul macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2009
    That isn't the case in my experience. What are you doing with OSX and Windows to require more than 128GB?
  11. moogoos macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2014

    Space. I've had the same issue and been running bootcamp OS X for over 5 years.

    128 simply isn't enough
  12. mcmul macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2009
    Fixed that for you.
  13. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The updates to windows alone start consuming a lot of space. True you can install both, but after that both will be rather tight on space.

    What am I doing with the space, lightroom, office apps, visio on windows, OmniGraffle on OS X. iPhone backups consume a lot, as does my music.

    I could not give both OS X and Windows 64GB of space each (assuming a 50-50 split).
  14. illusionx macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2014
    Brossard, QC
    I find 128gb is enough only if you are offloading your libraries.
  15. TBFoxRDMS macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2007
    I bought a refurb 13" rMBP, and it was so inexpensive I was able to get the 512 instead of the 256. Truth be told, the 256 would have been fine with me (with an external hard drive), but I love having the space because I do a lot with video. Yea, refurbs!
  16. moogoos macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2014

    It didn't need fixing
  17. konradsa macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2014

    If you install Windows 8, try to use wimboot. Not sure if boot camp supports it, but it would save you a lot of space.
  18. Qaanol macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    As pretty much everyone has already said, the sweet-spot is 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD.

    Indeed, if you want to save several hundred dollars, look at getting a late-2013 refurb with 2.4 GHz CPU, 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD. Its performance will be indistinguishable from the 2014 models.

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