MBP 15" - Oct. 2011 or Jun. 2012

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  1. t0m3k macrumors newbie

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    I plan on purchasing my FIRST MacBook Pro 15" Antiglare.

    My local MicroCenter has one from October 2011 with these specs;

    i7 - 2.5GHz
    4GB RAM
    HDD - 750GB - 7200RPM
    AMD Radeon 6770M - 1GB
    OS X - Lion - free upgrade to Mountain Lion

    $1770 (tax included)

    On eBay, I can get the June 2012 version with these specs;

    i7 - 2.6GHz
    8GB RAM
    HDD - 750GB - 5400RPM
    GeForce GT 650 - 1GB

    Is the 2011 model worth the price, or should I get the new release at $2349?

    Is the price difference worth the new CPU and GPU, or is the older good enough?
     
  2. nitromac macrumors 6502

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    I would definitely go for the 2012 model, but the base one. Are you sure you need the 1GB of vRAM and the 2.6 processor? You could get the base model (2.6GHz and 512MB of vRAM) with antiglare, buy 8 or 16GB of RAM for it ($140 tops, could find for less). The Ivy Bridge processors are quicker than the previous generation, and run cooler. Plus, you get USB 3.0 with the 2012 model. The extra 300MHz you get with the 2.6 upgrade won't be very noticeable and the 1GB of vRAM is only useful if you are using graphics-intensive apps (Photoshop, gaming, After Effects, etc). Otherwise, 512MB is good enough as it is. Plus, you could use the money you saved and buy yourself a 256 or 512GB SSD. That's an upgrade that will truly speed things up, a lot.
     
  3. Irock619 macrumors 68000

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    For some reason I feel that's a little steep for a 2011 model. Have you checked the refurbed section on the Apple site?
     
  4. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    I agree. I would get a refurb 2011 from apple or a base 2012 with user upgraded ram and SSD.
     
  5. t0m3k thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The price is $1,599 +tax.

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    Yes, I need more power for Photoshop work. There is no 2.6GHz with 512 vRAM configuration on Apple's website.
     
  6. nitromac macrumors 6502

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    Sorry, meant 2.3*.

    Anyways, like I said, the difference is minimal with the 2.6 upgrade. Having more RAM (very useful for photoshop) and an SSD will cause a much more significant increase in performance. And you'd save a lot of cash.
     
  7. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    That 2011 model is the one with AG HR display too.
     
  8. t0m3k thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, both of them have the Antiglare display, I HATE the GLOSSY DISPLAY.
     
  9. FastEddiebags macrumors 6502

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    Wouldn't the GT650 and the HD4000 be very helpful for photoshop? I'd recommend you take a closer look at the base 2012 specs. I think either way you will be very happy with your decision. I'm a huge fan of getting an SSD though.
     
  10. sofianito macrumors 65816

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    I am planning a similar purchase, but in my case it would be cMBP Hires AG - 15" Mid 2012 vs 17" Late 2011...
     

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