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tonypg

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Hi guys. I currently have a 2014 15' MacBook Pro, and it's starting to get slow and heat up on my daily usage. I would regularly have two users running (personal/work) at the same time and occasionally switch to Windows via Bootcamp to play some games. I also have two monitors connected to the MacBook Pro at the moment.

I have been thinking of buying 2019 16' one since May but was waiting for a refreshment.

As we all know, Apple only added a 5600M graphic card back in June for the 16' MacBook Pro. I have not seen any news or rumors about a refresh coming later this year. A lot of sources are pointing the next update will be next year...

I am thinking to go for a high-end spec like the following:

i9 2.3 8 cores
64g ram
5600M

I've heard quite a bit that with 5600M, there isn't much heat issue when connecting to external monitors. Correct me if I am wrong. It will also come in handy when I play games.

I don't know what to do. I'll be so mad if I buy the 16' now and then a new one comes out in a few months... I have been thinking about what I would lose if Apple indeed does an update on the 16' this year.

  • 10th gen CPU? I don't think the increase in the performance would make be drastic. As far as I know, Intel did not improve heat management.
  • Graphic card? I did not see any updates from AMD that there would be a newer graphic card for laptops. But when 5600m was released, I don't think I have seen anything from AMD either...
  • Camera. This is probably something I care more about the first two, as I do zoom meetings a lot. A 1080P will likely be inserted into the 16' laptop if they update it later this year.
  • WIFI6. I am not worried. It's not in the MacBook pro 13 and iMac, which were updated this year.
  • ARM. I don't really care for it as running windows would be a must for me. I don't mind waiting until 2025 and then invest in ARM.
Anyone has some insights here?
 
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tonypg

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It sounds like you might need to clean out the internals.

I've done that and not too much improvement. I probably should explain the use case here. I will update the main thread.
 

jerryk

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An Apple Silicon replacement will likely come out in the next year or so. If that will upset you, figure out what is making your current system slow and causing it to heat up.
 
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tonypg

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An Apple Silicon replacement will likely come out in the next year or so. If that will upset you, figure out what is making your current system slow and causing it to heat up.

It's likely the usage. I would be running up to 20 tabs on chrome, several programs like POSTMAN, Visual Studio Code, Music, Microsoft Remote, etc in one user, and email client, safari with up to 10 tabs and tons of entertainment apps on the other user.
 

jerryk

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It's likely the usage. I would be running up to 20 tabs on chrome, several programs like POSTMAN, Visual Studio Code, Music, Microsoft Remote, etc in one user, and email client, safari with up to 10 tabs and tons of entertainment apps on the other user.

Run Activity Monitor if you want to know for sure what is using your system.
 
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