rMBP i7 or i5

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Rickdj4, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. Rickdj4 macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2014
    I am trying to order my first macbook and I and trying to determine what processor I need. I do a lot of word and PowerPoint, but I also do some video editing. Could I get by with an i5 or is it just much better to go with the i7? Is it worth it for the $180 difference (edu pricing)? Thanks for the help
  2. Sheza macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2010
    Cambridge, UK
    You could probably stick with the i5. I presume this is the 15"?

    The i7 is mostly good at cutting down video render times. It's not a necessity, and will use up more power.
  3. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    The i5 is fine for just about everyone. It'll suit your uses well.

    The 15" rMBP only comes with i7 processors.
  4. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    The i5 Haswell is much faster than many previous processors. So the i5 is probably sufficient for your usage. Turbo Boost increases the CPU speed, if necessary (video editing, and so on).

    Buy more RAM for the ≈ $180. That's my advice.
  5. blooperz macrumors 6502

    Dec 10, 2013
    They are both dual core processors so the boost that you'll get from going i5--> i7 will be pretty minimal. Save the dough and go with the i5
  6. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    What kind of video editing are planning on doing?
  7. Rickdj4 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2014
    Just some minor stuff. Video for church and home movies and stuff
  8. johnnnw macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2013
    Hmm I was expecting you didn't do video work.

    You could probably benefit from an i7 when rendering video.

    If you were doing anything else I would have said the i5 but now I'm leaning towards the i7.

    i5 would be fine, but it would be a little slower for video work. Up to you.

    If I had to pick for myself I would say i5 and save the $180 for just home video, and wait the extra couple minutes of rendering.
  9. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    What format and camera do you use?
    Will you color grade the footage?
    Are just using imovie?
  10. thunng8 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2006
    Go with the i5. The difference in performance is less than 10% if compared to 2.8ghz i5 and only a bit over 10% if compared to the 2.6ghz i5.
  11. Angriff macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2013
    Going to an i7 in the 13" rMBP really doesn't add anything significant beyond the extra increase in clock speed. All the dual core chips in that line have hyperthreading, even the i5 models. It's not like the iMac where you gain HT and double the number of logical cores.

    In other words, save the money or use it to upgrade the RAM or SSD size.
  12. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Agreed. The RAM and SSD are where upgrade dollars should be going. I have an i5 based rMBP from early 2014 and it screams.

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