MBP Add on advice- i5 vs i7

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Burntfender, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. Burntfender macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Looking at purchasing a 13 inch retina MBP for Uni- studying for another four years so I want something that will last and won't slow down too much.

    With that in mind is it worth going from this...

    13-inch: 2.4GHz
    with Retina display
    2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz
    8GB 1600MHz memory
    256GB PCIe-based flash storage1
    Intel Iris Graphics
    Built-in battery (9 hours)

    ... To this?

    2.8GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
    16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    256GB PCIe-based Flash Storage

    Obviously much better specs but would they make that much difference if I'm not using and video editing or graphic intense programs?
  2. Orr macrumors 6502


    Oct 8, 2013
    Nope. The CPU upgrade on the 13" is totally insignificant since the processors are all dual core. You'll be hard pressed to use anywhere near 8GB RAM without running specialized programs. If you are willing to spend ~$2K, the base 15" offers much better value for your money (quad core i7 processors, larger screen, significantly more power for higher end applications).
  3. macspectrum macrumors newbie


    Nov 30, 2011
    stay with the i5
    price delta is too high
  4. ggibson913 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2006
    You would likely be fine with a 13" a standard MacBook Air with 8gb ram.
  5. JoeFig44 macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2012
    Not with the 13" mbp's retina screen. Pay the slight premium and get the base MVP 13 model.
  6. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    If your use is "Uni- studying," then I think you're better off spending that money on SSD space than anything of the other options you've proposed.

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