Mid 2010 15" MBP --> Late 2013 rMBP 13"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jiE, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. jiE macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2007

    I'm thinking of upgrading to the new rMBP 13" with 2,6 GHz and 512 SSD. I'm planning it should last me 4-5 years.

    Currently I have the 2010 MBP with Core i5 2,4 GHz and a samsung 830 256 gb SSD and the nvidia 330m. Two years ago I bought the Apple Cinema Display 27" (the one before the thunderbolt edition). And the pair works very well.

    However, after I got the 27" monitor at home, I do not have the same need for the 15" screen and would rather get the new 13" which weighs a lot less. (2,45 kg vs 1,55 kg).

    I would use it for school (only 8 months left), movies, a little gaming (Heroes of Newerth) and office, primarily excel and word. Maybe I would use it for work when school is over.

    My main concern is the GPU. Is going from 330m to the intel 5100 a downgrade? I want the 13" to be able to run the 27" flawlessly and I do not want a performance downgrade GPU-wise. I know the CPU is faster, and battery is probably around the same, which is fine. I have been considering the Air too, but considering the price difference is only 100$ between the 8gb256i5 air and the same spec'ed rMBP, I rather have the Retina display than the 3 extra battery hours.

    Would it be a wise upgrade?
  2. mihirkamat macrumors newbie


    Jul 17, 2002
    Same Boat

    Hi, I'm in the same boat - 2010 15" base MBP to 2013 13" MBP.
    I think that the 330m is old enough that you should see a boot in GPU performance despite the Iris 5100 being integrated.
    I think the 5200 is on par wight he 650m, but I haven't seen a review of the 5100, though I've heard that anandtech did one. I'd probably check that site if you are curious.

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