URGENT: 13 inch Haswell Retina MacBook Pro 2.6GHz vs 2.8GHz

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by boombox15, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. boombox15 macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2013
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    Hi everyone

    I want to buy a 13 inch Retina MacBook Pro with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD. But with the $1799 version having a 2.6GHz processor, I am wondering if that will be enough for my needs.

    The things I would do on the computer

    Use all of the pre-loaded apps
    Download More from the Mac App Store
    Store photos in iPhoto
    Edit photos in Aperture
    Make movies in iMovie and export movies
    Use iWork for making documents

    Would I be fine with the 2.6GHz? Or should I do 2.8GHz? I have no idea how they differ in speeds and I will only go for 2.8GHz if I REALLY need it

    I have a 27 inch iMac coming soon with a 3.2GHz Quad-Core i5, but I must stick to the 13 inch for portability purposes
  2. adjohan macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2012

    Ummm… you have a 27-inch iMac with a 3.2GHz Quad-Core coming in? That is seriously a powerful computer which could handle everything you mentioned fast and efficiently. If you really need something with portability, maybe you should check out the Macbook Air?

  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Trolololol....even a 2.4GHz would be fine for your needs, although I suggest at least 8GB of RAM.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The 2.6HGz will be more then enough for your intended purposes. If the iMac will be your main machine for doing the majority of work, then consider a less expensive rMBP such as the 2.4GHz or even a MBA (though it does not have the retina screen)
  5. zI INFINITY Iz macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2013
    I've been investigating the performance difference between these two options as well. Here is one of the nicer comparisons I found:


    2.6GHz = 4288U
    2.8GHz = 4558U

    They both get a 7,4 overall.

    Single core performance,
    - the 2.8GHz gets a 9,2/10
    - the 2.6GHz gets a 9,1/10
    (tiny difference, not worth the extra 200 dollar upgrade)

    Multi core performance,
    - the 2.8GHz gets a 7,2/10
    - the 2.6GHz gets a 7,3/10 (it even scores higher)

    They are very close in performance. The 2.8GHz might be a bit better, but usually the difference is 0-5% max. If you scroll down a bit more on that page, you see the differences they list between the processors. The 2.6GHz gives you about 60% better performance/per dollar wise.

    Personally, I would go for the 2.6GHz, since that seems like a worthy upgrade over the 2.4GHz and it's not that expensive. But I wouldn't go for the 2.8GHz, it's a tiny-small improvement for that much money. If you are taking the 2.8GHz upgrade, your overall price for the machine will probably get close to the base 15" rMBP, which comes with the 4750HQ.
  6. Windows&Apple macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2013
    Dude, if you use most of the App Store apps, you can get away with a MacBook Air. So, the 2.4 would be fine. If you need the 512GB, just buy the regular one you get in store, you won't need to wait and you won't be disappointed.
  7. GSPice macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2008
  8. boombox15 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2013
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    Ok, the differences in the processor are clearly marginal, if any. I'll go with the 2.6Ghz

    But, at the same price, I can upgrade to 16GB. That might be worth it, but with my uses, should I be fine with 8GB of RAM or should I do the upgrade to 16GB?

    My 27 inch iMac due to arrive later this week has 8GB of RAM, but may upgrade that in the future, and I will only keep the MacBook Pro and iMac until the new models come out in 2014.
  9. GSPice macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2008
    For design apps, ram is king. I changed my mind about getting the high end processor because performance difference was marginal, and it doesn't hold its value proportionately to the base CPU.
  10. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Any of the laptops Apple currently sells will be more then enough for your needs.

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