MBP 2012 vs MBPr 2013

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  1. macnewbieee macrumors member

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    guys, I am want to ask your opinions. I want long lasting MacBook pro(at least 4-5years). I am confused either to have brand new MPB 2012 with 16Gb ram and 500gb ssd or used MBPr 2013 with only 8gb ram and 128gb(256gb) ssd.

    I am a mechanical Students. I just use a couple Program such as Matlab, c++ , Autocad mechanical. And I do play couple games like dota2,etc..

    I used to have MBA 2014, and I think it is too heavy for gaming so I need MacBook Pro.


    Any thoughts or experiences?:rolleyes:

    Thanks
     
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    May have to look at the 15 for gaming!!

    To be honest if you want to game then you need a minimum of the iris pro found in the base 15 inch rMBP, the 750M in the higher end one is better though.

    The 13 inch does have better graphics than the air but the higher density screen means that the performance evens out to about the same.
     
  3. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    Are you talking about a 2012 non retina MBP or a retina 2012 with ssd?
     
  4. macnewbieee thread starter macrumors member

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    Non retina 2012..

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    15 inch is too big for me, so at least i could get Iris Pro with 13inch model.. Thanks for the sugestion.
     
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    The 13 only has IRIS graphics, not the IRIS Pro, with the retina screen pushing the graphics hard it will be similar to the graphics in your MBA.
    The IRIS pro is actually a fairly decent graphics option just not available on the 13 inch.
     
  6. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    Go with the 2013 rMBP. If by chance you do choose the 2012 non retina, do NOT upgrade any of the internals (ram,ssd etc) at the time of order. The only appeal of the non retina 2012 model is the ability to perform internal upgrades yourself.
     
  7. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    For Matlab alone and Autocad, sorry to sound like an ass, but you should be on a 15", at least (for the quad core processor alone).

    And it's not heavy.
     
  8. LiquidSky macrumors newbie

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    I have a 13" mid 2012 MBP with a 512GB SSD and 16GB of ram and have never had any issues running Matlab or SolidWorks.

    However, I have had the hard drive cable fail on me 7 times now. I'm unclear as to why it fails. This problem seems to be somewhat common with this model and older MBPs. Hopefully the newer MPBr have resolved this issue.
     
  9. Thorburn macrumors newbie

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    Had this fail twice on a customers Mid-2012 MacBook Pro 13", first time I replaced the cable, second time I decided it must be a design flaw and found a nice cheap fix for it....

    Put together a short video demonstrating the cause and fix, in my case a cable replacement wasn't necessary, but I'd recommend it as preventative maintenance for most of them based on my experience!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Amg5w0rlwDo
     

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