New rMBP vs 2014 Refurb

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Huerz, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. Huerz macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2014
    Wasn't overly impressed with the launch of the new rMBP, the refurbs look very competitive. Tossing up between:


    Refurbished 13.3-inch rMBP 2.6GHz (July 2014)
    16GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    256GB Flash Storage
    Intel Iris Graphics


    13-inch rMBP 2.7GHz (newly released)
    8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 memory
    256GB PCIe-based flash storage1
    Intel Iris Graphics 6100
    Force Touch trackpad

    Im looking for the fastest option for for the simultaneous use of chrome (+40 tabs), word, calendar, mail and music. Recommendations welcome.
  2. Airboy1466 macrumors 6502


    Feb 23, 2015
    2014 for the win 16 GB ram is just what you need because remember in MacBooks ram is non-upgradeable
  3. Huerz thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2014
    Does the boost in ram speed in the newer models not compensate for this?

    Also, wouldn't the CPU speed bump also bring them into par?

    I'm curious as to what would be the fastest configuration.
  4. iModFrenzy macrumors 6502a


    Jan 15, 2015
    Our actions define our legacy
    The fastest would be the 16GB of ram, especially if you plan on browsing with up to 40+ tabs. Chrome eats up a LOT of ram.

    And for the other things(Word,Calender,Mail and Music), I think both should be able to hold up.:)
  5. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    On synthetic benchmarks, the newer model will likely score slightly higher. In real world use, you'll never see the difference.
  6. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2015
    Mukilteo, WA USA
    40+ tabs :eek:

    Chrome is a memory hog. You may need 32gb of RAM for that :D

    I would go with the 2014 model.

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