No 8MB L3 Cache upgrade for Top of the line rMBP

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  1. duffer6 macrumors 6502

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    I find this very interesting, so for the $200 upgrade from the 2.3 to 2.6 Haswell rMBP you only get a .3ghz jump. In the past this upgrade included an additional 2mb of L3 cache. I believe this is a first where the fully loaded MBP doesn't have a 8MB cache.
     
  2. Wuiffi macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. Anandtech says the following about it:
     
  3. duffer6 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, always love Anadtech's insight. But then why the standard $200 upgrade for merely a .3ghz upgrade. Moneygrab? I would think the profit margins are pretty solid on the rmbp. $100 would be more reasonable and Apple still would be making a nice little bonus for simply over clocking the ghz.
     
  4. Wuiffi macrumors 6502a

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    The i7 4850HQ (2.3 Ghz) is listed with $468, while the i7 4960HQ (2.6 Ghz) is listed $657. You can think of it this way: Intel is making a lot of chips. Most of them can handle 2.0 Ghz, some 2.3, but only a few can handle 2.6. Those chips are the most expensive. It's the same with graphic chips and a lot of other stuff. When you want the best 10% you have to pay a lot extra. Just ran geekbench on my girlfriends 2.6. It's a beast!
     
  5. Polymorphic macrumors member

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    I believe the Iris Pro GPU also runs at a slightly faster clock rate on the 2.6 GHz CPU.

    Edit: Just checked. Iris Pro on the 4960HQ is 100 MHz faster than on the 4850HQ.
     
  6. duffer6 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Great insight. Thanks.
     
  7. jondunford macrumors 6502

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    plus you used to only get like 0.1ghz more for upgrading to the very best

    now its the same amount as going from bottom -> middle
     
  8. duffer6 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Really only .1ghz in the past. Didn't recall that.
     
  9. Quu macrumors 68020

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    It wasn't just 100MHz in the past, that's why you don't recall it. In 2009 my MBP came in 2.66GHz stock or 2.93GHz as a BTO. That was a 266MHz increase from the stock high end chip and the BTO high end chip.
     
  10. Wuiffi macrumors 6502a

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    late 2010 was 2.66 --> 2.8 (0.14 increase)
    early 2011 was 2.2-->2.3
    late 2011 was 2.4-->2.5
    mid 2012 was 2.6-->2.7
    early 2013 was 2.7-->2.8
     

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