Macbook pro retina upgrade : 16gb ram or i7?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Maccotto, Sep 3, 2016.

  1. Maccotto macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2012
    HI need again the notebook and i can't wait anymore or i will got to first notebook i find. I have student discount and i can refund some money if sell Beats solo 2.
    I called apple store online for student discount. The seller told me to buy online the macbook and i have 14 days to return back if apple get out new macbooks pro retina.
    I tried middle macbook retina 13" and i love this model but i think i need a little more performance.
    This time i wanna buy middel 13"+ an upgrade but i have a doubt:
    1) take the i7 processor?(middle have i5 2.7)
    2) take 16gb ram?
    3) Take two upgrade (i5 2.9+16gb ram)?
  2. TasheRAWR macrumors regular


    Sep 17, 2015
    London, United Kingdom
    If you can afford the 15", I personally think the extra cost works out better value for money considering you'll get a bigger screen, 16GB and a quard-core i7 (2.2GHz though) on the base model. Otherwise if you must get the 13" then it really depends on your uses.
  3. andreyush macrumors 6502


    Oct 24, 2015
    Take the 15" if you think you need a little performance. Is worth it.
  4. Patcell macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2016
    Bergen County, NJ
    The processor upgrades on the 13" rMBP are not worth the cost, IMO. It really is a very small bump in performance going from the 2.7 i5 even up to the i7. If you are going 13" it is way, way more cost effective to dump the money into the 16GB ram option and leave the CPU at the base configuration.

    That being said, I do agree with the previous posters... From a performance standpoint the base 15" at $1999 (can be found cheaper from other retailers) is a huge uplift in performance. From 13" to 15" you go from a dual core CPU to a quad core that is leagues ahead of even the dual core i7 in the 13" model. There is literally no comparison.
  5. Fancuku macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2015
    PA, USA
    The 15" also has the better Intel Iris graphics. The 15" is a better buy with almost twice the graphics and processing power.
  6. Maccotto thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2012
    i willtry for 15" but I have a problem that is the space.
    A 15" is less portable than 13" and I need sell my actually bag for another more big (110€ is the cost because it is photographic bag)
    If I can't: what is better configuration for 13"?
  7. Patcell macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2016
    Bergen County, NJ
    I see... The price of the bag is considerable and there is an appreciable difference in portability. In my opinion, definitely max out the RAM to 16GB on the 13", but I really don't think the increase in performance is noticeable going from the 2.7 i5 to the 3.1 i7. And certainly not worth the $300 price jump for the i7 from a performance per dollar standpoint.
  8. Fishrrman macrumors Pentium


    Feb 20, 2009
    Go for the 13" -- much easier to tote around at school.

    Go for the 16gb of RAM.

    Skip the CPU upgrade -- doubt it will make much of a difference.

    My opinion only, but seems like the Macbook Pros that last the longest, and give the owners the least trouble, tend to be more towards the "basic configurations" without dedicated GPU's, etc.
    I've had a base model MBPro from April 2010 that is still running fine going on 7 years old.
  9. lympero macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2008
    Arta, Greece
  10. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    Get the RAM. The i7 upgrade isn't worth it.

    I have both in mine. I should have saved $200 and ordered the BTO model online. Instead I spent the extra $200 and got the config available in the Apple Store.

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