mbp sans touchbar i7 vs mbp w touchbar i5

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by xmlninja, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. xmlninja macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2010
    My employer is opting for macbook pro without the touchbar with this configuration:

    Macbook pro 13 without touchbar
    512gb flash storage
    16gb ram
    i7 cpu 2.4ghz (dual core)

    I tried to configure one with touch bar:

    Macbook pro 13 with touchbar
    512gb flash storage
    16gb ram
    i5 cpu 2.9ghz (dual core)

    and the price in sweden is pretty much the same, the difference is like 2 big macs.

    Which one is actually faster/more performent? I guess the answer is depends. I do web development mostly. One obvious thing is less need for usb-c hub. can go with just a tiny amount of adapters for my need with 4 built in ports. with only 2 ports i probably need a hub/dock at desktop.

  2. Stotka macrumors regular


    Jul 29, 2009
    Touchbar version has faster CPU and faster GPU. I would go for the touchbar version. The non touchbar version has longer battery life.
  3. keviig macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2012
    At that point you might as well go for the TB version. Unless you don't like the Touch Bar that is.
    Equal CPU performance, a lot better GPU performance, and a lot less noise under full load. I've had both, and the dual fan system in the TB MBP is very good compared to the single fan system in the non TB version. Also, the 4 ports is a big plus.
  4. Jefe's MacAir macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2010
    TB only makes sense unless battery time is your #1 priority.

    The i5 vs. i7 is moot. Both my i5s were getting similar Geekbench numbers to the i7. Unless you need every last bit of of CPU, then you'd be better off getting the TB w/ the highest clocked i7.

    The added security of the Touch ID should tempt you employer. It's really a nice touch. (punny :D) The added usefulness of the TB in general is pretty significant. I didn't think it would be as helpful as it's turned out. Should only get better with time as the adoption and uses of the TB area realized.

    Get the TB.
  5. Freshjs59 macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2016
    assuming that the battery issue is resolved with the new Sierra update, i wonder if the touch bar version becomes the no-brainer option...
  6. xmlninja thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2010
    got the one to the right on the pic. thanks everyone

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