Should I get a late 2013 or late 2014 model?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DevAndy, Jul 30, 2014.

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Which should I get?

  1. Late 2013

    12 vote(s)
    66.7%
  2. New mdoel

    6 vote(s)
    33.3%
  1. DevAndy macrumors member

    DevAndy

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    #1
    My friend is selling a perfect condition rMBP (late 2013 model) with the following specs:

    16GB RAM
    512GB SSD
    15' i7
    2.3Ghz
    2.5 years AppleCare

    For $1950, no tax

    or should I get:

    16GB RAM
    252GB SSD
    15' i7
    2.2 Ghz

    The new rMBP?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    #2
    You get a larger SSD and apple care for the used model.

    What will your uses be for the laptop?
     
  3. DevAndy thread starter macrumors member

    DevAndy

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    My uses are mainly programming, though I do a little bit of gaming (Batman Arkham City). I've tested my friend's rMBP and there does seem to be a bit of lag when multitasking (though that may just be a Yosemite problem).
     
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    #4
    I'd go for your friend's used MBP, purely because it's got a larger SSD and has a discrete GT 750M GPU.

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    Yup, it's a Yosemite problem. I have the 2.6/16/1TB/750M variant and it does lag a bit in Yosemite.
     
  5. DevAndy thread starter macrumors member

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    I heard that the 2014 model is 2% slower than the 2013 one of the same spec, is that true?
     
  6. chikit macrumors newbie

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    I just wanted to mention the lagging from multitasking may stem from the App Nap power saving feature from Mavericks and onwards. You can set individual apps to Prevent App Nap.
     
  7. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

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    No. The mid '14 is faster than the late '13. The logic boards are the same but the processors have a speed bump.

    The bottom end mid '12/early 13 does have a discrete GPU, however the IRIS Pro graphics are as quick for most Mac use cases and use less power.
     
  8. mickeydean macrumors 6502

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    If you can trust the used model then it is the better purchase. The 1TB SSD is measurably faster.
     
  9. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Not when the mid-2014 is a 2.2GHz i7-4770HQ and the late 2013 is a 2.3GHz i7-4850HQ.

    The 4850HQ would have a slight edge.

    Throw in a larger SSD and a dGPU and you've a much more capable machine.
     
  10. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    The 2013 is better in every way. Both use haswell processors, so it isn't even a new generation of CPU.
     
  11. cjmillsnun, Nov 3, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2014

    cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

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    You're comparing different models though..

    The original quote I replied to was ....

    The correct comparison is the 2.5GHz i7-4870HQ

    The 2.0GHz 4750HQ maps to the 2.2GHz 4770HQ (Base spec - Both have Iris Pro Graphics)

    The 2.2GHz 4850HQ maps to the 2.5GHz 4870HQ (Mid Spec - Both have Iris Pro Graphics and Nvidia GeForce 750M Graphics)

    The 2.6GHz 4960HQ maps to the 2.8GHz 4980HQ (Top Spec - Both have Iris Pro Graphics and Nvidia GeForce 750M Graphics)

    I agree in the OP's case the 2013 model he is being offered (which is a Mid Spec) is better than the 2014 model he's looking at (which is a Base Spec), but my answer to the quote was correct.
     

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