Updating from '10 13"MBP to '11-12 15" MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by alex87f, Jun 24, 2015.

  1. alex87f macrumors newbie


    Jun 24, 2015
    Brussels, Belgium
    Hi everybody!

    I have a question regarding a potential upgrade..

    I've had my mid-2010 13" MBP for five years now, and use it everyday. The only upgrade it has is a 128GB SSD. I play video games half-regularly, and would like to have a bump in performance, but don't see myself spending more than 2k on a new retina.

    I was looking into buying second-hand and realized one can find a late-2011 or mid-2012 15" Macbook pro (with i7 quad-core, 8/16GB RAM and 512/1024MB dedicated graphics) for $800-1100 depending upon the exact config, which means I could do the upgrade for little money.

    My question is: will the performance bump be enough to justify doing the upgrade? I don't play very demanding games (Skyrim, League of Legends, Fallout 3, Heroes of the Storm, etc.) but would like to have comfortable performance with half-recent games, as well as a bump in everyday speed. Will I see a big difference?
    Also, how does a late '11 or mid '12 MBP 15" with dedicated graphics compare to a new 13" retina?

  2. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    I'd think so. You'll be upgrading from a dual core C2D, to a Quad i7. It's a pretty big upgrade.

    The quad core processors in the 2011 and 2012 15 MBPs will outperform the dual core processors I the 13" rMBP.
  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Don't bother with the 2011 models due to Radeongate.

    The mid-2012 15" retinas also have GPU problems. Non-retina 2012 15" ones seem to be free of it.
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Firstly all the games you mentioned are fairly demanding.

    Secondly if gaming is your main focus then buy a gaming PC, macs are just not optimised for gaming you can buy anyone you like but you just won't get great performance. You would be much better off with a razer blade or similar windows machine.

    Thirdly gaming on any laptop is a compromise, why not just get an xbox one or PS4 and keep the mac for your daily internet and office stuff...
  5. MushroomMan macrumors member


    May 31, 2015
    If you can find a good deal on a 2012 non-retina then I would go for it.

    As mentioned, I'd expect you to see a big jump in performance (not as much as a new one of course) and you would have USB 3.0, faster RAM and Ivy-bridge processor, ability to throw in a 2nd HDD etc. The 2011+ models can stream to Apple TV if that is of any benefit to you as well.

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