retina macbook pro...2.3ghz or 2.6ghz?


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Aug 9, 2012
Knoxville, TN
I'm looking to purchase the 15" retina macbook pro but I can't decided between the 2.3ghz and the 2.6ghz. Anyone that has it, is the 2.6ghz really that much faster?


macrumors newbie
Aug 7, 2012
2.3 Ghz will do you fine.

Usually if you need to ask yourself what type of processor you need you don't really need anything that powerful.

On the other hand though, if you are using your computer for very intensive processes (games, video editing/rendering) you will see approximately a 10-15% boost in performance.

Make sure you bump up ram though, it will help you out in the future and will leave you with a good resale value if you decide to sell eventually.


macrumors 6502
Mar 23, 2007
Another similar thread...? really......

If $ is not tight get the 2.6/8/512.


macrumors 6502
Jun 22, 2010
San Diego, CA
I'm recommending 2.6/8/512...I mean you really really need that 16gb of ram.? I got the 8 Gb and what ever I do can't pass the 4.5 Gb max...may be you guys with 16 Gb of RAM are a bit insecure hahaha:D


macrumors 6502
Jun 22, 2012
thumbs me up for this as i asked this a gazillion times.

the average user does not need 2.6ghz. how do i know? i have the 2.3ghz and it seems just as snappy as my 2.0ghz 2011 15" well as the knowledge of countless opinions on that question.

normal use, you will not notice any difference.

unless your kiling your mac with intensive stuff like heay gaming, alot of video rendering, etc, even then a 2.6ghz will make little difference.

however if hving a 2.6 will give u peace of mind, go for it.

i got my retina 2.3 yesterday, and its nice......

PLUS it has a samsung screen so hell i aint risking taking it back LOL


macrumors 6502a
May 18, 2011
For peace of mind with no future regrets, I spent the extra $100 and purchased the 2.6. If it was any more than $100, I would have not done so though. In addition, I plan to keep this unit for the years to come, provided there are no further defects.

In my opinion, in the event I sell this 2 or 3 years down the road, the specification of "2.6" would be far more attractive to any potential buyer.