rMBP 2015 13" - i7 or i5?

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  1. phospholipid1 macrumors member

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    Is the difference between the i7 and i5 large enough to justify £170? My main uses will be programming work for a comp-science student - I also do a lot of MATLAB work
     
  2. numberfour macrumors regular

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    There was just posted an article about this here, but the answer usually is no.

    No reason to upgrade the i5, upgrade ram instead.
     
  3. phospholipid1 thread starter macrumors member

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    I've already decided on 16gb ram
     
  4. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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    i5 is more than sufficient for most users.
     
  5. iPaintCode macrumors regular

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    The core i7 is a poor mans version of an i7. The performance:dollar ratio is underwhelming and the core i5 right below it is too close in performance. Also the turbo clock on the iGPU is the same for the faster i5 and i7, extra 100Mhz.
     
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  7. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    That would depend on how much value you place on having the fastest possible option on your laptop. Do you NEED it? Probably not. The i5 should suit your needs just fine. I chose the i7 just because I wanted the fastest one I could get. Whether the difference is "large enough" to me was irrelevant. The difference was > 0, so I justified it. :)
     

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