Macbook Pro Retina 13inch i7 vs 15inch i7

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mlb2015, Jun 30, 2015.

  1. mlb2015 macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2015
    I currently have an 2011 15inch Macbook Pro (2.2ghz i7 750gb). It was very fast for the first couple of years, but it has had a lot of problems lately, so I want to upgrade.

    I am trying to decide between the 13inch Macbook Pro Retina with 3.1GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7 and 500gb
    the 15 inch base model with 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 and 256gb.

    - I am worried that 256gb won't be enough space.
    - The screen size doesn't bother me too much, as each has equal advantages and disadvantages in my eyes.
    - I can't afford to get the better 15inch.

    The main concern I have is that I want it to run super fast - I do part time Graphic Design work and I often like to have Illustrator, Indesgin and Photoshop open at the same time. Which processor will do this best for me?

    I appreciate the help!
  2. Vermifuge macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2009
    If screen size does not bother you get the 13 inch.
  3. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    You're comparing a dual core to a quad core. Apples to oranges.

    For your Adobe apps having the quad core will make them run nearly twice as fast when rendering.

    With that said, don't bother upgrading the processor if you decide to go with the 13", a lot of money for very little gain.
  4. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    The quad 2.2GHz i7 is far more capable. If 256GB isn't enough storage you can use an external.

    That being said, the 13" rMBP is a fantastic computer. It's just not as fast as the 15" models. As someone else already pointed out, skip the i7 upgrade. It's not worth it.
  5. mlb2015 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2015
    Thank you so much for you help. I think I will go with the 15inch, as the speed is most important to me.
  6. pjfan macrumors regular

    May 24, 2009
    Columbus OH
    Have you considered apple refurbished? Might be able to get your 512gb 15"

    I believe your use case demands the 15" resources.
  7. dollystereo macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2004
    Actually, your 2011 MBP is plenty fast for this work, just put and SSD (I have the same machine).
    The 2011 MBP i7 is faster than the 2015 i7 in the 13 MBP and not much slower than the 15".

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