MacBook Pro Retina - 2.2 or 2.5 Ghz?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Kibato, Sep 25, 2014.

  1. Kibato macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2011

    I would like to buy a MacBook Pro Retina but I'm not sure which version I should take.
    Is the processor of the "lowend" 15" rMBP with 2.2Ghz really faster than the
    2.6Ghz version of the 13" rMBP? The 2.5Ghz 15" version is too expensive for me and I think the 13" rMBP is too small (I got a 2011 MBP 17" right now).

    Anyway I would take the 256GB SSD and 16GB RAM option.

    Here is some of the software that will be running on the system:
    • VMWare Fusion 7 with Windows 7 64-bit (4GB RAM, 1 core)
    • Adobe Creative Suite CS5.5 Production Premium (Flash, Photoshop, Premiere, Audition)
    • Open Office
    • TextMate for programming
    • Random Stuff like Balsamiq Mockups, Dash, 1PW4, OmniGraffle
    • Oh and maybe some Blizzard Games (Starcraft, Hearthstone)

    Sometimes I edit videoclips with Premiere Pro and convert them with Handbrake / Media Converters. But I will mainly use the machine for programming and web development.

    I'm not travelling that much, so I guess the portability factor of the 13" version doesn't count for me.

    Thanks for your time!
  2. Sciuriware, Sep 25, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2014

    Sciuriware macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2014

    Hi, I think you would not 'feel' the difference:
    the solid state disk and the CPU in the MacBook Pro are already so fast
    that only badly written software can spoil the party.
    As most of what we do is IO-related, you can rely on the slowest CPU.

    If you really want to invest: put as much memory in it as you can afford.
    I expect that your MacBook will last so long that it will 'see' gigantic
    applications in the future.

    Only the extreme(?!) users would benefit from the fastest CPU.
  3. Kibato thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2011
    Alright, thanks. I bought the 2.2Ghz 15" version. /thread

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