Which 2017 Macbook Pro would be faster?

Salty Pirate

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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
 

casperes1996

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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
 

Jimgpayne

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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

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.
 

casperes1996

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


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.
 
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Jerion

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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?
 

leman

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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.
 

hajime

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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.


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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