Upgrade or Update?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by quad121, May 16, 2014.

  1. quad121 macrumors member

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    Hi I have a Mid 2010 Macbook Pro 17" 2.53ghz i5 and am thinking of upgrading the hdds (raid stripe) to Ssds again as a raid.
    By doing this will i gain a good speed increase or would it be better to invest in a newer say mid 2012 Macbook pro 15" with a 2.6ghz i7? not Retina and place the above raid config into that?
    and
    finally go for a 2013 Macbook Pro 15" 2.6ghz i7 with Retina
    would this be a better choice even though you would not be able to get a raid setup into it?

    So from the above options which setup would give me the best performance??

    Thank you very much in advance.
    Regards,
    Paul
     
  2. MCAsan macrumors 601

    MCAsan

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    No matter how you jack up a 2010 machine, it will not do AC wifi, TB 2, PCIe based SSD, fastest more energy efficient quad core CPU and dedicated GPU.

    Get a refurbed 2013 machine and save hundreds. Then sell the old machine or donate it to charity for a tax credit.
     
  3. Hammie macrumors 65816

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    I upgraded my 2010 17" MBP with dual SSDs (not in RAID though). It was a HUGE speed increase but not near the speeds I am seeing on my late 2013 13" rMBP.

    After the upgrade to my 2010 MBP, boot up times were great, apps opened quickly, and large files opened fast, too.

    However, the 2010 only has SATA II, not SATA II or PCIe. I was only getting about 200-250Mbps on the new SSDs via Blackmagic. On my 13", I am getting 500-700Mbps speeds.

    Depending on finances and what you REALLY want out of your system, it is up to you. However, I would STRONGLY consider the upgrade to the 2013 model.
     
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  5. quad121 thread starter macrumors member

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    The SSd's for a samsung 840 pro 256gb £140 ish

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    I've went and treat myself to a 2013 15" MacBook Pro with a 2.7 ghz i7, 16gb memory and 512gb ssd.
    What would be the best way to transfer all the data from my old 17" to the new one?
     

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