Upgrading rMBP Processor Opinion...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cjgonzales1900, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. cjgonzales1900 macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2009
    I wanted to ask a question to macrumors users. I am upgrading from a 2011 13.3" MacBook Air 1.7GHz i5/4GB Ram/128GB SSD to A Retina MacBook Pro 13.3". I want the 16GB Ram because it can't be upgraded later, and 256GB SSD as my 128GB SSD is Almost Full. The only question I have is should I upgrade the processor from the standard base model 2.4GHz i5 (Turbo to 2.9GHz) to the 2.6GHz i5 (Turbo to 3.1GHz). Is it worth the extra $90 (Student Pricing for me)? I am planning on keeping this new machine for at least 3 years maybe longer. Currently the model is about $1700.00 for me to purchase with taxes.(Student Pricing of course) So a extra $90 + Tax isn't a big difference. I was just wondering if I would see any differences in speeds, I do small video editing in iMovie, and basic tasks nothing to demanding.
  2. Livewings macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2012
    No. No difference.
  3. El Salvador macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2010
    NL Yo
    Wrong. There is.
  4. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    But OP won't notice it with the stuff they are doing ;)
  5. mrmors macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2011
    OP, I came from pretty much the same setup as you, I have the 13" 2011 1.7 256gb Air, and I've just bought 13" 2.6 512 16gb Pro.

    The advantage about going up to the top 2.6 is that you get the 512gb SSD which is quicker than the 128/256 so we're led to believe, and you'll have 16gb, and you'll have a slightly better cpu.....
  6. Tears Apart macrumors 6502a

    Tears Apart

    Jun 10, 2009
    Outside Closer
    Have you thought about upgrading from the 2.6 to the 2.8?
  7. cjgonzales1900 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2009
    Thank you.
  8. cjgonzales1900 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2009
    I am not looking at upgrading to the 512GB SSD, as this far exceeds my buying limit. adding about another $200 on top of the 13.3" rMBP 2.6GHz/16GB/256GB.

    See Attached Image of Which I am planning on Buying. I am upgrading the Middle model rMBP and adding 16GB Ram and maybe the faster processor for $90.

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  9. cjgonzales1900 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2009
    I don't think I need a i7 for what I do on A day to day basis. I haven't had a problem with my i5 in the MBA I have been using for 2 years now.

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