Should I buy the 2.0 GHz i5 base 13" MacBook Pro or bump it up to 2.4 Ghz i7?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hieveryone, Mar 9, 2017.

  1. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    I'm looking in the refurb store. I'm thinking the 2.4 i7 would be awesome. I currently have a late 2013 2.6 GHz processor on my 13" rMBP
  2. jakespeed macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2002
    I had a 2.4 before jumping to the Touch Bar. It was a pretty solid machine. Honestly, my 3.1 i5 Touch Bar doesn't feel any faster..I just liked the touch bar and extra ports. If I had it to do again, I might have ended up sticking with the 2.4. Geekbench shows it just about the same performance as the Touchbar 3.1 (just under) and a good jump from the 2.0. I think it's a pretty good sweet spot for the 13's. It is also about the same as the base 15 for single core.
  3. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    Sweet. Good to know. Yeah I'll be looking for the 2.4 i7 on the refurbished store and might get that one.

    I'm gonna enjoy the speed bump I'm sure.
  4. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    What do you use the computer for and is money an issue? The 2.0 i5 is a very capable CPU, and, compared to what you have now, is a modest improvement.

    I think the improvement the 2.0 i5 makes over your current 2.6 i5 will probably be a little more significant of an improvement than what the 2.4 i7 makes over the 2.0 i5. So, if funds are limited, spending that money on the larger SSD or 16GB of RAM may give you a more meaningful benefit.
  5. lambertjohn, Mar 10, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2017

    lambertjohn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2012
    Why don't you wait till the Kaby Lake Macbook Pros come out later this year? Spend your hard-earned cash on more computer.


    As of today, March 10, Best Buy has the HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 13.3" Touch-Screen Laptop with a 7th Gen Intel Core i7, 16GB Memory, 512GB Solid State Drive, A 15-hour battery, and a precision drawing pen for $1199. And it's brand spanking new. Way more computer than you get with even the top of the line Macbook Pro for $2000+. I'm just saying...
  6. ilifecomputer macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2005
    id wait for coffeelake because kaby lake is out way too soon and when it comes out if you dont get it the week its out, it will be too late
  7. wackymacky macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2007
    38°39′20″N 27°13′10″W
    If you're looking in the re-ferb store it suggests you're wanting to save a little(if you can say that about any of these models)

    I'd say you need to be honest with your self RE what you are going to use it for.

    I needed a machine now rather than waiting (as HD in process of failing on my current Mac) so I opted for a i5 processor, with 16gb ram and the 512GB drive.

    I'll then feel ok selling it in 2018 or 2019 depending on where things are at the.

    I'm fortunate enough though that I have a tech allowance in my salary which I can't accrue for more than 3 years from my job that covers a new phone a year and computer such as MacBook Pro every couple.

    If I knew I would be having the machine for 5 years I would have gone for the i7 chip, and if size wasn't important in if the 15" for the quad core.
  8. jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    i5 vs i7 makes little difference on the 13" MBP. It is still a dual core machine. It would be great if they could figure out how to make an 17 quad code work in a 13".

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