Upgrade advice: from Early 2013 15" rMBP to Mid 2014?

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  1. ProMod macrumors 6502a

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    I'm looking for some upgrade advice. I've been using a 2.7/16/512 Early 2013 15" rMBP since it was new, working every day as a magazine designer (heavy InDesign, some Photoshop and Illustrator). I use it with a Dell U2713HM connected via DisplayPort and an old school 23" Apple Cinema Display connected via HDMI. I also travel frequently, hence the need for a mobile setup.

    It's been a great machine, but it's start to feel a bit slow, especially since upgrading to Yosemite. I thought about wiping it out and trying a fresh install, but I've got someone eager to buy my current machine at a good price and thought now may be a good time to pull the trigger on a Late 2013 or Mid 2014 refurb.

    With the Broadwell delays, should I make the jump or ride it out? The upgrades from Ivy Bridge to Haswell, along with the jump to PCI and 802.11ac WiFi entice me. Running three displays, I think I'd benefit from the 750m and Iris Pro as well. Battery life is not a huge primary concern. I'm just not sure if now is the best time to grab a machine to last me the next two years or so. I don't always have to have THE latest and greatest, and I'd probably wait for a refurb Broadwell machine at the earliest if I don't upgrade now. Thoughts?
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    The performance difference between the 2013 and 2014 machines are negligible, you'd be hard pressed to notice them. If you find yourself lacking in power at the moment, a new laptop is not what you need. You need a proper desktop.
     
  3. MrX8503 macrumors 68000

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    I would wait for Broadwell. You won't notice much of a difference between the two machines. 802.11ac won't benefit you much either unless you've got very fast internet speeds or work with network share drives.
     
  4. Cardsnk macrumors regular

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    I have the 2013 model, and also thinking about switching to the late 2014 model. Upon realizing, from ivy bridge to haswell, now the upcoming broadwell, Most of the performance hit i am experiencing is from OSX itself and not the hardware. Many have complained about lag and choppiness issues with retina units, But i myself do not experience such issues running my unit in bootcamp/windows. I am still hoping for a stable/fluid experience with my unit. As long as apple is fixing bugs and giving us updates. In my opinion, I am holding off on buying a new macbook pro, till Apple gives us the proper experience with retina scaling.
     
  5. blooperz macrumors 6502

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    wait for a refurbished broadwell... you more than likely will not notice any difference between your machine and the current 2014's.
     
  6. ProMod thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the input, everyone! I'm honestly surprised. I thought there was a pretty significant jump to the PCI storage and 2GB 750m card, but I guess I'm looking too much at specs on paper and not real world usage.
     
  7. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

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    The early '13 machines are Ivy Bridge, the late '13/14 machines are Haswell.

    There IS a performance increase.

    The only desktop likely to give a big enough speed increase is a Mac Pro...
     
  8. ProMod thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'd love a Mac Pro, but a properly-specced model is not in the budget right now and I need to retain some portability.

    I was worried some of the responders had assumed my machine was a Late 2013 Haswell model and that influenced their advice. What's your take on jumping from an Early '13 to a Mid '14?
     
  9. snaky69, Jan 2, 2015
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    snaky69 macrumors 603

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    According to the geekbench scores I just pulled up, in multi-core processing, the difference is a mere 6% between early 2013 and mid 2014.

    See for yourself

    http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/1626349

    http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/1626038

    To me, 6% performance increase in an artificial benchmark isn't worth switching computers over.

    Heck, unless you get the (at least) 6-core Mac Pro, there isn't much Apple makes that is more powerful than your current machine.
     
  10. Meister Suspended

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    There is not that much difference. Keep your old Macbook and upgrade later.
     
  11. ProMod thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the help! I'll give my current machine a clean install and ride it out at least until Broadwell.
     
  12. theycallmetc macrumors newbie

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    Not worth it IMO.

    If you're running low on firepower, might as well look into a more powerful desktop solution (27 inch iMac or Mac Pro). Since you need a laptop, the rMBP is your only solution (and a pretty damn good one at that).
     

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