Upgrading my MBP Early 2011?

Spontida

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Hello I have the Macbook Pro (Early 2011 15" 4Gigs Memory) and it doesn't cut out anymore.

Should I get the MBR with retina display? (15.4", 16Gigs of Memory)

Or should I wait until apple announces the new version? What would really be the difference?
 

someguy50

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Hello I have the Macbook Pro (Early 2011 15" 4Gigs Memory) and it doesn't cut out anymore.

Should I get the MBR with retina display? (15.4", 16Gigs of Memory)

Or should I wait until apple announces the new version? What would really be the difference?
Performance between the two isn't very different. Here are the three major differences between those two notebooks:

1) Display quality (not performance)
2) 4x much RAM (you can take your current notebook to 16GB)
3) SSD (you can upgrade to an SSD)

Get some more RAM and an SSD and performance would be nearly the same.
 

Spontida

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What would the new version of MBPR bring though?
Whats could be the difference?
 

someguy50

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What would the new version of MBPR bring though?
Whats could be the difference?
New version of the rMBP would likely have:

1) Thinner or better battery life due to new Haswell processors
2) Even faster SSDs based on the new Air
3) 802.11ac
4) Possibly thunderbolt 2

CPU performance and display quality would likely remain about the same.
 

Krazy Bill

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Hello I have the Macbook Pro (Early 2011 15" 4Gigs Memory) and it doesn't cut out anymore.
What has changed since you bought it? Gaming apps might be more demanding but other than that, I can't think of anything it shouldn't still handle.

Perhaps your biggest issue is that 4GB of memory? Cheap to remedy that.
 

hakuin

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I'm using a late 2011 MacbookPro 15" with 16 Gigs of Memory and an SSD. It handles everything I throw at it including a few games. Getting an SSD made the biggest difference in performance for me and is very simple to install ($200 for 256 GB, use Carbon Copy Cloner to copy your system). After that, consider increasing the memory (16 Gigs for $100).
 

snaky69

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Hello I have the Macbook Pro (Early 2011 15" 4Gigs Memory) and it doesn't cut out anymore.

Should I get the MBR with retina display? (15.4", 16Gigs of Memory)

Or should I wait until apple announces the new version? What would really be the difference?
What exactly makes you say it doesn't cut it anymore? That is still a more than capable machine even by today's standards.
 

gngan

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Hello I have the Macbook Pro (Early 2011 15" 4Gigs Memory) and it doesn't cut out anymore.

Should I get the MBR with retina display? (15.4", 16Gigs of Memory)

Or should I wait until apple announces the new version? What would really be the difference?
What are you doing that doesn't cut out anymore?

I have an early 2011 13'' and it's still working flawlessly.
 

Spontida

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Gaming and Safari = extreme use of ram

I cannot multi task (using safari) and other apps.

As of right now 2gigs are being used with 3 tabs open in safari. Its the only app on.
 

Ironsyde

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In the same spot right now. I highly recommend waiting because signs seem to point to a July release (MBPs going out of stock on some sites, Kuo's predictions, and the fact that Apple needs something other than MBA to drive summer sales).
 

saberahul

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I'm using a late 2011 MacbookPro 15" with 16 Gigs of Memory and an SSD. It handles everything I throw at it including a few games. Getting an SSD made the biggest difference in performance for me and is very simple to install ($200 for 256 GB, use Carbon Copy Cloner to copy your system). After that, consider increasing the memory (16 Gigs for $100).
Do you void the warranty by installing an SSD?
 

gngan

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Gaming and Safari = extreme use of ram

I cannot multi task (using safari) and other apps.

As of right now 2gigs are being used with 3 tabs open in safari. Its the only app on.
You know that you can add/change RAM in your MBP right?

Apple loves you.