Quick Question: Which CPU to get?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Void5150, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. Void5150 macrumors member

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    I'm considering the following Macbook Pro:

    15 inch w/ Retina display
    2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz
    16GB 1600MHz memory
    512GB PCIe-based flash storage 1
    Intel Iris Pro Graphics
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 2GB GDDR5 memory​

    Is it worth spending $200 to upgrade the CPU to 2.8 GHz?

    Would there be a big noticable difference?

    Thanks. I've been asking a lot of questions. ;)
     
  2. blooperz macrumors 6502

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    The answer to both those questions is No.
     
  3. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Unless you are using your computer to make money, and making money with your computer involves pegging the CPU at 100% for hours on end, it's not worth it.

    The difference in day to day usage would be impossible to notice.
     
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Nope, there's almost zero difference.

    And besides, if you stress-test both CPUs in Macoh, the 2.8GHz actually throttles in some of the tests, while the 2.5GHz variant doesn't throttle (although both have the same TDP).
     
  5. calvol macrumors 6502a

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    Is the 2.5GHz worth the $90 extra over the 2.2GHz?
     
  6. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    For the processor alone, nope.

    But if you're moving from the base model to the stock 2.5/16/512/750M, it's worth the extra cost if you're going to use more storage and the dGPU.
     

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