MBP outperformed by older MBA??

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by OperatorJ81, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. OperatorJ81 macrumors member

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    Hey guys,
    I have 2 MacBooks - a 2014 13" MBA 1.7GhZ / 8GB / 500GB SSD and a 2015 13" rMBP 3.2GHz / 16GB / 500G SSD. They are running identical software loads (OS and apps) - both "restored" from the same Time Machine backup. The weird thing is - the MBP feels quite a bit slower than the MBA, even though it has quite a bit more power. Any thoughts as to what is causing this? I expected far better performance from a higher horsepower machine, and just don't seem to be getting it. TIA,

    Jason
     
  2. TechZeke macrumors 68020

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    It's the retina display. Non-retina Macs can be noticeably more "snappy" than retina Macs, especially if the retina Mac is using a scaled resolution.
     
  3. thats all folks macrumors 6502a

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    architecturally, those machines are very similar (dual core, integrated graphics...) but the retina MBP has to push almost 4 times as many pixels so it could run slower in some situations.
     
  4. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Is it "feeling" slower, or is it actually slower at the task at hand? "Feeling" doesn't mean anything with a computer unless you have actual examples to show.
     
  5. OperatorJ81 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ah... I am using scaled display on the rMBP, obviously not on the MBA though. But that much? Example - Quickbooks 2016 opens in an average of 3 seconds on the MBA, but an average of 7 on the MBP - with a high of 22!
     
  6. JohnDS macrumors 65816

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    It should not take that long to open an app on an MBP with an SSD. How much free space do you have on the MBP? If you are running out of free space, that will slow things down.

    Otherwise, I suggest you open Disk Utility, highlight Macintosh HD in the left panel and click on First Aid.
     
  7. OperatorJ81 thread starter macrumors member

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    I've done the first aid, no problems found. I have 161GB free of the 500GB capacity
     
  8. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    This all suggests you MBP has some issues.
     
  9. OperatorJ81 thread starter macrumors member

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    You get the prize. MBP failed graphics test. Logic board has been replaced and I should have it back tomorrow!
     
  10. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Excellent,yeah it sounded like a serious hardware issue to me.
     
  11. maflynn Moderator

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    Good luck with the replacement, and hopefully everything is back to normal.
     
  12. OperatorJ81, Jul 7, 2016
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    OperatorJ81 thread starter macrumors member

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    After 14 years of using Macs exclusively, this is the first time I've had to take a Mac in for repair. Have to say that I am quite impressed. In and out in 3 days flat. And I don't have to restore all my work or personal data - which will save me about 4-5 hours. Gotta love efficient and effective technical support!
     

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