refurbished rMBP 15" 2012 vs 2013?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by LippyThunder, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. LippyThunder macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2014
    So I need help deciding between these two, I have to make the purchase within the next month.

    There's only a difference of $40 between them on Apple's Canadian Store site.
    As far as I can tell, these are the pros for each side:

    - 650M dGPU

    - Better battery life
    - Thunderbolt 2
    - 802.11ac
    - PCIe SSD

    Do I have it right or is there something missing?

    Also, I wanted to know if there are any known issues with refurbished rMBP such as screen problems or whatnot?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

    Mar 4, 2013
    If you need the discreet GPU for gaming, you would be better off with the 2012 model. If gaming is not a consideration, the newer MBP would be a better choice for the reasons you outlined.
  3. thetechfixer macrumors 6502


    Apr 21, 2010
    Personally since the Newer 2013 one has a PCIE SSD it will be much faster. Only go with the 2012 if you really need that Discrete GPU but most likely you won't
  4. LippyThunder thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2014
    Yeah, that's what I'm trying to decide. I'm moving from a desktop used for software development and gaming to a laptop + PS4 setup. So I guess the laptop will be mainly used for software development with some light gaming on the side, the 2013 model's Iris Pro should cope with that right?

    Also, would the newer model have better resale value?
  5. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    Should work just fine.

    I'd think so.
  6. christarp macrumors 6502


    Oct 29, 2013
    The 5200 (iris pro) graphics are pretty darn fast as well. I know in some compute tests the iris pro can reach parity with the 650m, but for stuff like games the 650m will reign supreme. That being said since you have a ps4 and will probably be using your mac for development I can see the 2013 model being perfectly fine.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    MBPs are really known for gaming and if that's one of your requirements then I'd think (depending on the type of games you play), the dGPU is a must.

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