One last time. 2.3 vs 2.6

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Simoquasimo, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. Simoquasimo macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2010
    I can't decide which processor to get, RAM will be 16GB in any case. My uses are RAW photo editing and occasional full hd video editing. And the basic surffing, word processing, movies and music.

    Will I have any real world benefit from faster processor?

    Also I've only seen smooth safari scrolling videos from 2.6 machines. Is there really a difference in scroll lag on 2.3 vs 2.6 rMBPs?
  2. M0esmac macrumors 6502a


    Apr 25, 2012
    I'd buy 2.6. Don't forget, if you buy 2.6 you're getting 512GB. Or are you going full 768GB anyways?
  3. Djlild7hina macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2009
    you can upgrade the base to 2.6. No need to buy the 2.6/512GB version
  4. ljx718 macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2008
    how did the million other posts on this subject not help you?
  5. Zeov macrumors 6502a


    Apr 1, 2011
    You can get 2.6 with 256 gb.. And 2.3 with 768gb..

    Imo get the 2.3. With 16gb and whatever storage you want.
  6. AZREOSpecialist macrumors 68020


    Mar 15, 2009
    Isn't the cost difference between a 2.3 and 2.6 only $100? That is a 10% increase in performance for less than a 5% increase in cost. Even Romney would like those numbers!

    As far as scroll and lag, watch this YouTube video of my 2.6 having no problems scrolling, switching spaces, launching mission control, etc. all while running three videos simultaneously - two on the main screen and one full-screen 1080p video in a separate space. Sliding between spaces, everything was smooth as can be.

    For those who are experiencing lag and UI issues, post a video please.
  7. Simoquasimo thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2010
    They just didn't. I did read them all though :D. Just hard to decide and the lag thing is anoying me so if 2.6 can solve it than I'll go with that.
  8. AZREOSpecialist macrumors 68020


    Mar 15, 2009
    I've seen videos showing lag on a 2.6/16 model, so I don't think that is the determining factor. I don't experience any lag or UI issues on my 2.6, so there is something else going on.
  9. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    As far as I can tell, the lag is all subjective. Some users notice it, others don't. I've watched a number of videos of users reporting such lag and have played with a number of rMBPs in an Apple store but I have yet to see any kind of lag.

    Either you notice it or you don't. I wouldn't base your upgrade decision around that though.
  10. swamyg1 macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2007
    My 2.3/16/256 is smooth as butter, perfect machine in my opinion.

    I was in the same boat as you. I don't think you'll ever notice the 10% difference. Very happy with my machine, it's plenty fast for my Virtual Machines, Photoshop, Final Cut, etc.
  11. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    I would fully agree on that math. 2.6/16/256 sounds like a good configuration. More storage could be easy attached via TB or USB3.
  12. omgitscro, Aug 7, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2012

    omgitscro macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2008
    From what my rMBP-toting friends tell me, the lag isn't a problem at all when the discrete GPU is active. The annoying quirks with scrolling and switching spaces only manifests during regular use, e.g. web browsing, with just the integrated GPU. Try switching spaces and scrolling with the discrete GPU off, you can force it off with Gfxcardstatus.

    Edit for the OP: Keep in mind... CPU/RAM cannot be upgraded down the road... On the other hand, there are already SSD upgrades for the rMBP available online, and they'll only become cheaper and more abundant as time goes on...
  13. M5RahuL macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2009
    I think the 2.3 with 16GB RAM and 256 GB SSD will suffice just fine!!
  14. shthap3ns macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2010
    I've been reading something about 2.3 getting a couple extra hours of battery life. Something like 9 hours?

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