Which 2017 Macbook Pro would be faster?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Salty Pirate, Jun 18, 2018.

  1. Salty Pirate macrumors 6502

    Salty Pirate

    Oct 5, 2005
    kansas city
    I know, loaded question. Which would feel faster for general use apps?

    13 MBP TB max config 3.5 GHz with 16 GB RAM

    or Base 15 inch
  2. casperes1996 macrumors 68040


    Jan 26, 2014
    Horsens, Denmark
    If it's a graphical program, the 15". Otherwise, probably the 13". Depends a lot on the specific app. For intense and/or graphical apps 15. For more everyday stuff, 13
  3. Jimgpayne macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2012
    I own the 13 with 3.5/16gb/1TB.

    The 15 inch would be faster mainly because it is a quad core and the 13 is dual core.

    I've got a 15 2.8/16gb/256gb at home right now that I am trying out at the same time. The 15 is definitely faster.

    However, I will be keeping the 13 due to the form factor.
  4. casperes1996 macrumors 68040


    Jan 26, 2014
    Horsens, Denmark

    More cores only benefits if more processes are running, or a single process is multi-threaded. Thus, when I say the 13" is faster for "general usage" I say so, because a lot of everyday tasks are single-threaded burst workloads.

    Now you're right that if you do any work that requires processing to a larger extend than opening Safari or checking emails, the 15" is going to be faster though.
  5. Jerion macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2016
    For anything that doesn't "care" about a beefy CPU, the 13" will be faster. For anything that does "care" (video, 3D, VFX, etc), the 15", no question. Which kind of begs the question: If your preferred apps don't care about needing a more powerful CPU, maybe the 13" MBP max config is overkill and you'd be better off with something lower-spec?
  6. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    For general use? You won’t notice any difference. The CPU in the 15” is faster overall, but that’s not something you’ll see in a typical Office etc. workflow.
  7. hajime macrumors 603

    Jul 23, 2007

    For your 13" with i7 dual-core 3.5 and 16gb/1TB, does it has heat, noisy fan and thermal throttling issue?

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