Which MacBook Pro is faster? (13" Retina 2.5GHz -HDD or 13" LED 2.9GHz - SDD )

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Jingol, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. Jingol macrumors member

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    Hi every body

    I have decided buy MacBook Pro

    I will use MacBook for browse in Internet and sometime Photoshop

    Which MacBook is faster when open 10 tab with safari and play music and edit document by office at the same time ?

    MD102 or MD212 ?


    MacBook Pro : MD102LL
    13-inch
    2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
    Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
    8GB 1600MHz memory
    750GB 5400-rpm hard drive
    $1,499

    OR

    MacBook Pro : MD212LL
    13-inch with Retina display
    2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
    8GB 1600MHz memory
    128GB flash storage


    $1,499
    MacBook speed with 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor but hard drive is better or 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with flash storage ?
     
  2. chrisperro macrumors 6502

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  3. utekineir macrumors 6502

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    The ssd will have a bigger effect on the machine you perceive as faster.
     
  4. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Simple: If you need more than 128 GB then you cannot buy the Retina MBP with 128 GB. If 128 GB is plenty for you then you should most definitely get the Retina MBP. It's faster for almost any application, the screen is so much better, and it is so much lighter, you should definitely get the Retina MBP.
     
  5. Jingol thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks a lot

    I have 3TB External HDD so 50GB internal storage SDD is enough for me even.


    I had read a review that 13" rMBP took longer to display when several tab and app opened together because with no dedicated GPU and high resolution, processor must push it

    It's true?
     
  6. Jingol thread starter macrumors member

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    I heard can't upgrade the 13" MBP hdd to a SSD easily ! confirm ?
     
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  8. Attonine macrumors 6502a

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    The regular, or classic MBP is easy to upgrade to an aftermarket SSD, Crucial etc. The retina MBP, you are pretty much stuck with what you buy.
     
  9. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    There's a lot of nonsense out there. Someone managed to find a website that scrolled slow when you changed the 15" retina display to 1920 x 1200 resolution. Not really slow, but 20 fps, so you have to _want_ to see slowness to notice it. _And_ it was at a resolution that the non-retina display can't do at all (max. 1440 x 900). Myself, I don't really care about how fast the website can scroll past me, I care how well I can read the text on that website.
     
  10. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030

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    The retina is faster until you fill that paltry 128GB SSD. The non-retina is slower until you slap an SSD into it; and no, on the non-retina model it hard to upgrade. It's not hard to upgrade the SSD on the retina model either, your selection of upgrade parts is substantially more limited. Thanks Apple!
     

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