rMBP - i5 2.8ghz or i7 3.0ghz 256gb ssd vs 500gb ssd

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by phospholipid1, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. phospholipid1 macrumors member

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    I have a choice for two macbook pros 13":

    1)i5 2.8ghz turbo boost 3.3ghz, 16gb ram, 500gb ssd
    2) i7 3.0ghz turbo boost 3.5ghz, 16gb ram, 256gb ssd

    I just want it to be very future proof seeing as I cannot upgrade it later on. I will be dual booting windows and using it for programming in Java and C++ mainly.

    The second option is more expensive, but is a 0.2ghz boost worth it? Is the extra storage better? I already have a 1tb 5400rpm storage harddrive, but the 500gb would be "nice"
     
  2. newellj macrumors 601

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    If you want dual boot with Windows, you probably want the extra storage pretty badly. Both of the processors are dual core and 0.2gHz isn't likely to make a noticeable difference unless you're compiling code for something like NORAD's ABM systems. The i5 should also give you somewhat better battery runtime.
     
  3. Meister Suspended

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    Don't know why you'd think you need any upgrades.
    I say toss a coin.
     
  4. phospholipid1 thread starter macrumors member

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  5. bwoodruff macrumors member

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    I'd go for the bigger SSD. Folks sometimes argue you can always add storage later (via USB drive etc) but I'm guessing you are buying a laptop because you want it to be portable, and I've found even pocket sized hard drives aren't super convenient and thumb drives aren't fast enough to run VMs off of.

    I think the additional storage will likely make more of a difference than the difference in processing power.
     

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