New MBP 15" 2.6GHz+512GB SSD+Radeon 460 vs 2.7GHz(w/ basic options)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ArcticBlue00, Nov 15, 2016.

  1. ArcticBlue00 macrumors member

    ArcticBlue00

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2016
    Location:
    South Korea
    #1
    Hello! I found that the prices of those two are the same($2,799), but which do you think is the better choice?

    1:
    Touch Bar and Touch ID
    2.6GHz Processor
    256GB Storage

    • 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor
    • Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz
    • 16GB 2133MHz memory
    • 256GB PCIe-based SSD1 (-> upgrade to 512GB)
    • Radeon Pro 450 with 2GB memory (-> upgrade to 460)
    • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
    • Touch Bar and Touch ID
    2:
    Touch Bar and Touch ID
    2.7GHz Processor
    512GB Storage

    • 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor
    • Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
    • 16GB 2133MHz memory
    • 512GB PCIe-based SSD1
    • Radeon Pro 455 with 2GB memory
    • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
    • Touch Bar and Touch ID
    I don't play games on my laptops, and I do sometimes edit pictures/videos but not professionally.
    I'm leaning toward the first one, but concerned that Radeon Pro 460 might consume more battery and generate more heat than 450/455.

    Which one would you choose between the two if your max budget is $2,799?
     
  2. nicolipo macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2016
    #2
    option 1
    GPU difference is higher than cpu improvement
     
  3. MF878 macrumors regular

    MF878

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2011
    Location:
    Auckland, New Zealand
    #3
    I went for option 1, the GPU upgrade is a more significant performance improvement and will do more to improve the machine's longevity than the small CPU bump.
     
  4. Spoony Bard macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2007
    #4
    CPU difference = 2-3%
    GPU difference = 40-50%

    Intel sells those 2 CPUs for the same price. That should tell you how close they are in performance. Between the 2 choices you listed, it's a no brainer: go for the first.
     
  5. Eldar Gezalov macrumors newbie

    Eldar Gezalov

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2016
    Location:
    Planet Earth
    #5
    This is the same question I have. Better GPU is nice, but not if it means that I have to sacrifice the battery life.
     
  6. ArcticBlue00 thread starter macrumors member

    ArcticBlue00

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2016
    Location:
    South Korea
    #6
    Thank you for all the comments. I would like to choose the first one if confirmed that there's not much difference in battery life and heat generation between different graphics cards.
     

Share This Page