Second hand macbook pro, which one should I get?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Fr3eZer, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. Fr3eZer macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2014

    A year ago I got more into apple since I got my mac mini on work.
    I became a fan of OSX and now I wanna get my own macbook pro.

    I already decided I want a 15inch model with 16GB of RAM.
    But now I dont know which generation I should go for.

    I dont do any gaming, but I need it to be smooth for example in photoshop.
    I just care about a smooth experience on OSX, apps should start quickly and I dont want any lag while im scrolling or so.

    What I now wanna know is if the difference between the new generation(2013) and older generation (2012).
    Where should I aim for in specs?

    2 options I am looking at now:

    2.6 ghz quad core i7
    256gb ssd
    16gb ram
    ati hd 4000 + 650m


    2.3 ghz quadcore i7 (haswell)
    256gb ssd
    16gb ram
    integrated iris pro graphics

    Where the first one is the cheapest
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'd go with the newer one because of the Haswell chipset and the superior GPU especially if you're worried about PS being smooth. The newer one will also have the retina screen so it has that going for it.
  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    I think both are retina.

    Between the 650M and the Iris Pro, the 650M is superior to the Iris in most tasks except OpenCL.
  4. Fr3eZer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2014
    So in general whats probably better for me?

    The older one with 2 GPU's
    or the newer one with only the integrated GPU?
  5. accountforit macrumors 6502a

    Jan 22, 2014
    They will both do what you need and more. Pick the one that makes you happy.

    I would pick the newest model unless the older one was far less expensive......FAR LESS.
  6. Naimfan macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2003
  7. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004

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