New 2015 15" MacBook Pro?

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  1. djt01 macrumors newbie

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    I purchased a 2017 15” MacBook Pro (3.1GHz, 1TB SSD, Radeon Pro 560) last summer which I’m currently using as a work station (with CalDigit Thunderbolt 3+ dock) at home.

    I’m currently looking at another MacBook Pro for work when I travel and was considering the 2015 15” MacBook Pro that is still available new. The model I’m looking at is equipped with the 2.8GHz i7 and a 1TB SSD. Does anyone have any information on the CPU that is in the current 2015 MacBook Pro (Haswell/Broadwell?).

    I’m a little concerned about some of the reviews I’ve seen that have mentioned excessive heat and fan noise with these processors in the 2015 MacBook Pro.
     
  2. chabig macrumors 68040

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  4. Fishrrman macrumors G5

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    The 2015-design MBPro's remain useful and rugged machines, with keyboards that won't fail and plenty of ports (could prove useful when traveling...).
     
  5. _Kiki_ macrumors 6502

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    4 years old overpriced technology, even version with dGPU is not available
     
  6. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Maybe on refurb with a big price drop otherwise i’d Wait for a 2018 for yourself and repurpose your current one for work.
     
  7. djt01 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the response, I did think of doing that but the ports on the 2015 model would be very helpful when traveling (I wouldn't have to carry adaptors or docks around).
     
  8. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    What peripherals do you use? most of them just need a cable change at a few dollars a piece no dongles required. One of the small docks with a slimmer lighter newer mbp is probably more portable than the 2015 as well.

    Maybe something like this.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/HooToo-Spl...9713&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=hootoo+usb-c&psc=1
     
  9. Nixir macrumors member

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    the 2015 models are solid machines. unless you have a need for high performance in serious video editing and multi-threaded applications, the upcoming (rumored) 6-core machine is what you want.

    Personally I do android development on my 2015 perfectly fine and I stand by that it is the best MBP Apple has made so far, just look at the new MS Surface line, clearly "inspired" by the 2015 mbps
     
  10. djt01 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Which CPU does your 2015 have? Does it throttle the CPU speed a lot with excessive fan speed?
     
  11. Nixir macrumors member

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    I have the base model. For my usage, no throttling at all, but again YMMV.

    For what is worth, all my colleagues prefer to work/code on the 2015 models, just much less hassle to deal with. I think a couple other members here (from the software industry) also share my sentiment.
     
  12. vetruvian macrumors member

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    I recently picked up a brand new sealed 2015 15" max spec for $1800 on ebay. If you are patient, you can find good deals out there on 2015 models. I prefer it to the newer models for software development.

    Heat/Noise: Unless you are rendering video or playing games, I wouldn't worry about heat or fan noise. Mine is silent 99% of the time.
     
  13. alphaod macrumors Core

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    How about instead of getting another MacBook Pro to use on the go, you get a desktop for use at home?

    Better bang for the buck and definitely will run quieter at home.

    I had a 2015 maxed out model. It was great, but when taxing the processor at maximum the fans will spin up and it is perhaps as loud if not louder than my current 2016 MacBook Pro.

    My Mac Pro when it is rendering at 100%, I can barely hear it.
     
  14. djt01 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The only time I’ve heard the fans on my 2017 was during an OS reinstall and even then, it only lasts for a few seconds. I’ve had the 2017 for almost year now and haven’t had any issues with it so far.

    Taking your advice, I guess I could just wait for the 8th Gen i7 update and buy a 13” MacBook Pro with a Quad-Core as a second machine.
     
  15. Yaboze macrumors 6502a

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    One of the main reasons I got the 2015 is that it didn't have a dGPU. :p

    Too many issues with dGPU's failing and the Iris Pro works great for my needs. Plus, Apple puts kind of crappy dGPU's in their machines. I have other machines, for heavier tasks, including a 4ghz Core i7 Skylake Windows 10 Pro PC with a GTX 1080.
     
  16. djt01 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The question is whether or not the heat/fan speed issues with the 2015 model is limited to dGPU equipped models or because of the Haswell i7?

    I have three liquid cooled, high end gaming machines here at home so I could care less about the 2015 not having a dGPU.
     
  17. Yaboze macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not aware of any dGPU or Haswell heat issues with the 2015's, but there is a history of Macbooks (2011 and some other years) and iMacs with AMD GPU's having issues with the dGPU. I had a 2011 15" previously, got a good deal on the 2015 and don't care it has integrated only.
     
  18. djt01 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, I’m probably going to go ahead and order one. I can always return it if I’m disappointed.
     

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