Ordered a new rMBP - How is the 15" model?

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  1. staticz, Jul 31, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2014

    staticz macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2014
    I currently have a 13" late-2012 rMBP and, luckily, am in a position where I'm able to upgrade my workstation every 2 years. Anyway, my current setup is the rMBP and 2 24" monitors. While the 13" handles all three displays pretty well, I thought it might be beneficial to get the 15" with a dedicated video card. So I went ahead and requested a max'd out 15" rMBP (512 SSD).

    Will it be a noticeable upgrade? I run a couple VMs at a time, but the rMBP I have now plows through those like a champ!

    For those of you that have that have handled both models, how much bigger is the 15"? Is it going to be too large to travel with? I'm thinking I may keep the 13" for travel and just leave the 15" at my desk all of the time...not sure
  2. pragmatous macrumors 65816

    May 23, 2012
    The SSD will be a nice upgrade. The retina will be nice too. The resolution alone is why I upgraded. Plus the 16GB of RAM. It'll be noticeable. Plus you can use 4k monitors where you cannot on the 2012 models.

  3. staticz, Jul 31, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2014

    staticz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2014
    Thanks. Yeah we were looking at 4K monitors but I A) couldn't use them with the 2012 and B) couldn't justify them :/ After all I stare at a CLI most of the day!

    The SSD switched to PCI-E correct? What did the late 2012 models use? I'm excited for the additional space and RAM for sure, not to mention going to a quad core i7 will be mighty nice!
  4. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    It's a great machine. Late 2012 used SATA III. Now, they're using PCIe. Mine gets ~700 MB/s read and write. SATA III tops out at about 500 MB/s.
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I don't there's a huge upgrade in performance, though I think the iGPU is better as is the SSD but from a user experience I don't think it translate into a large difference.
  6. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    I upgraded from an SATA III SSD at 500 read speeds to the PCIe one with 700 and I can't say that I see a difference in day to day stuff except for running VMs, where are slightly faster.

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