[URGENT!!] Should I buy the new 15-inch MBP? What should I upgrade?

Alexander_JY

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As the title suggests, is the latest model of the 15-inch MacBook Pro technically and function-wise a huge jump from the previous one? If not, should I wait another quarter to expect better upgrades?

If I were to get the laptop now, what upgrades should I make in the customization section? I usually use the laptop for programming, extensive reading and researching, and watching videos (high-quality).

For your convenience, the available options for upgrades are listed as follows:

- Processor (both 6‑core 8th‑generation):
2.6GHz, Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.3 GHz (default)
2.9GHz, Intel Core i9, Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz

- Memory:
16GB 2400MHz DDR4 memory (default)
32GB 2400MHz DDR4 memory

- Storage:
512GB SSD storage (default)
1TB SSD storage
2TB SSD storage
4TB SSD storage

- Graphics:
Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory (default)
Radeon Pro Vega 16 with 4GB of HBM2 memory
Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4GB of HBM2 memory

Thank you!
 

MartinDLC13

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Nov 24, 2018
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I am happy with my 2.9GHz, Intel Core i9, 32GB, 2TB, Radeon Pro Vega 20. Most reviews online favor the New Vega Pro 20 GPU. I do a lot programming and health related researching; however, I also do intensive photoshop and final cut pro projects. I got a messenger bag from Peak, Moshi Cleaguard and microfiber cloth.
 

FrostyF

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Nov 2, 2018
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I did tons of research and the difference in i9 vs i7 is not worth the cost. i7/V20 placed in the top 8 results on Geekbench.

I personally ordered i7/32GBRAM/512GB SSD. My current 13" has 16GB RAM and my Chrome tabs exceed that alone so I went with 32GB. I don't personally need a ton of storage as I have a separate Mac mini media centre. I would say look at whatever your current storage usage is on your existing machine and double it, that is usually my rule of thumb when upgrading.
 

leman

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Yes, it’s a substantial upgrade from last year and no, it’s very unlikely that anything new will come next quarter.

As to upgrades, you don’t need any. Get the Vega GPU if you play games or use sitwaee that can benefit from it (light photo/video editing doesn’t really count). Obviousky, nobody but you knows how much storage you need.
 

Ma2k5

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For your use case, the base 16GB RAM/512SSD/i7 model will suffice with no upgrades. Even the MacBook Air would suffice for you, so I'd save the money and skip any upgrades.
 
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Sterkenburg

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There aren't any other updates around the corner, so if you want a Mac now it's the best time to buy.
As for the upgrade options, for your usage you don't need any, just grab the amount of storage you need (256GB can be a little anemic if you keep your multimedia files on the internal drive, so bumping to 512 might be a good idea).
 

KhalidJP

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Oct 20, 2018
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I’m very happy with my 2.6ghz i7, 32gb, 512 ssd, pro 560X.
All my videos and photos I keep on external ssd’s 1 or 2 tb.
In case I wanna play games I use a i7 8700, 2x1080ti, 64gb.
 

tromboneaholic

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Based on your requirements:

- Processor (both 6‑core 8th‑generation):

2.6GHz, Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.3 GHz (default)

- Memory:
32GB 2400MHz DDR4 memory

- Storage: (only you know this)
512GB SSD storage (default)
1TB SSD storage

- Graphics:
Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory (default)
 

Zerosopher

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Oct 20, 2011
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As the title suggests, is the latest model of the 15-inch MacBook Pro technically and function-wise a huge jump from the previous one? If not, should I wait another quarter to expect better upgrades?

If I were to get the laptop now, what upgrades should I make in the customization section? I usually use the laptop for programming, extensive reading and researching, and watching videos (high-quality).

For your convenience, the available options for upgrades are listed as follows:

- Processor (both 6‑core 8th‑generation):
2.6GHz, Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.3 GHz (default)
2.9GHz, Intel Core i9, Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz

- Memory:
16GB 2400MHz DDR4 memory (default)
32GB 2400MHz DDR4 memory

- Storage:
512GB SSD storage (default)
1TB SSD storage
2TB SSD storage
4TB SSD storage

- Graphics:
Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory (default)
Radeon Pro Vega 16 with 4GB of HBM2 memory
Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4GB of HBM2 memory

Thank you!

I am also doing a lot of programmimg and reseach and thinking to upgrade my MBA 2013. The only one problem is the weight of the 15 inches. If the 13’’ model has 6 cores I would get one. Still thinking.
 

tromboneaholic

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I am also doing a lot of programmimg and reseach and thinking to upgrade my MBA 2013. The only one problem is the weight of the 15 inches. If the 13’’ model has 6 cores I would get one. Still thinking.
It doesn't sound like you need a dedicated graphics card, so 13" might be good.

You can a feel for the difference on the size and weight in this video:

 
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Zerosopher

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It doesn't sound like you need a dedicated graphics card, so 13" might be good.

You can a feel for the difference on the size and weight in this video:

Thank you for the Video.

Actually I do run machine learning stuff a lot and planning to use GPU in the future.

As, I am not buying Macbook very often, I want to make the most of my next Macbook.

I still thinking about the trade-off with the weight as I need to carry my macbook around. :p