MPB Early 2013 vs Late 2013

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by newtonapp, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. newtonapp macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2007
    I've been using my Mac Pro for 5 years now and it is still beast (Apple, you're amazing!). However, I have zero portability and it is starting to be an issue. That is why I want to get a MBP. It has be powerful so that I can use it as my main computer (with my 2 monitors) for the next 5 years.

    The price tag is high at $2,600. So, I am wondering if I should get the previous model (early 2013). Looking at Geekbench, the price of about $550 is much higher than the difference in scores.

    Multi-Core Geekbench average score:

    Early 2013: 10,613

    Late 2013: 12,146

    Difference of: ~1,533

    Based on my research most of this difference in score comes from the video card. It seems to be faster at encoding videos and has a higher FPS in video games (although by not that much in some cases). I am not a big gamer and rarely do any video editing work.

    I am asking, am I missing something? Why pay so much extra money?
  2. kathyricks macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2012
    The $2600 late 2013 16/512 model is $2199 on the Apple refurb site : and about $2300 for a sealed in box unit on ebay. Search ebay using this: ME294LL/A The late 2013 model is noticably faster.
  3. fatlardo macrumors 6502


    Mar 15, 2011
    I believe the late 2013 has a longer battery life due to the cpu. My vote is late 2013. I have a early 2013 btw.
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Geekbench does not use the GPU in benchmarks, as far as I know.
  5. newtonapp thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2007
    Thanks guys. I wanted you to know that I took your advice and decided to get the latest 15" MBP Retina (2.3ghz). I found someone online who sold it to me for $2,400 with AppleCare. Reasonable deal from what I can tell.

    Anyways, I love it! I was afraid that I'd regret the high cost, but I don't! Totally worth it. Thanks again for your advice.

    Here I am with my new baby at the coffee shop working like all the other hipster Mac fanboys.

  6. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    Like a pro with the lid-less coffee cup right next to the expensive new toy :)

    I miss working in coffee shops since I moved back to Europe. Very few places other than Starbucks where you can do it...
  7. newtonapp thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2007
    Haha, I took it off for the picture. I wanted to add a dramatic effect. Could have ended badly, you're right!

    Definitely. I live in a small but known city. It is about 1 mile from New York City. Surprisingly there is only 1 coffee shop that is laptop (and wifi) friendly. Totally beats working at home all day alone.
  8. TechZeke macrumors 68020


    Jul 29, 2012
    Rialto, CA
  9. TechPops macrumors newbie


    Mar 20, 2014
    Dallas Tx
  10. Robyr macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2010
    Please get over yourself. It really doesn't matter that the guy took a pic, it obviously didn't end badly. For all your post is worth, you could have cautioned him about spontaneous combustion or an alien abduction.

    Also, I routinely use my maxed out 15" rMBP in all sorts of unsafe situations and locations... because frankly if anything should happen the company will account for it and provide another. Not everyone is in your same shoes or in the habit of treating a tool, and thats all it is, with kid gloves out of some weird lust.
  11. TechPops macrumors newbie


    Mar 20, 2014
    Dallas Tx
    I work in Factory Automation. I too have taken my Mac into hazardous environments. That really does not matter. I still ensure that I take precautions to keep my computer intact. Granted, I can get a replacement. However all I need is to be in the middle of a machine start up, then my laptop gets damaged. Not a good situation for a failure. Especially something stupid like a preventable accident.

    Putting a cup full liquid next to a computer is not smart. Period!
  12. newtonapp thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2007
    Hey guys,

    Just saw your replies - sorry for my delay in response! I just wanted to say that although I did put my new rMBP in harms way, it is still running like a champ. Accident free! :)

    Knock on wood.

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