Mid-2012 mbp vs late-2016 mbp

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by eskmo3, Jan 22, 2017.

  1. eskmo3 macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2008
    Hi there,

    I currently have a quad core, SSD, i7, mid-2012 mbp (16G RAM) for mobile music work. I have been considering updating the laptop to be able to handle some of the Logic sessions that I run on my 2013 Macpro (at least doing its best, not expecting the same results.)

    After looking at the specs of the new macbook pros, it doesnt seem to be much more powerful at all then what I currently have. Unless the chips are that much different? The only thing I see different is the clock speed being a TINY bit faster.

    Anything I'm not realizing here or is it actually very close to the same machine?

    Many thanks for any advice / tips
  2. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

    Jul 22, 2010
    There's a four year difference in processors, RAM and logic boards. From a processing speed standpoint, you'll see stuff rendered faster.
  3. Sanpete macrumors 68020

    Nov 17, 2016
    Might be, say, 20% faster for CPU work, but also quieter and cooler for heavy-duty work. (There's more than clock speed involved in CPU speed.) The improvements are mostly incremental. Screen is brighter with better contrast and color, better speakers and this and that. The biggest gap with the 2012 would probably be the dGPU, a lot faster for video editing, games.

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