Which Macbook Pro should I get?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by StrangeMagic66, Jul 18, 2014.

  1. StrangeMagic66, Jul 18, 2014
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    StrangeMagic66 macrumors newbie

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    I have an outdated MBP (2009) and want to get a newer one. I use it mostly for work --- web/editing images but expect to occasionally need to edit videos as related to my job.

    I am looking at refurbished and it's between:

    Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.0GHz Quad-core Intel i7 with Retina Display for $1659. This one has Iris graphics

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/F...-20ghz-quad-core-intel-i7-with-retina-display

    or

    Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Quad-core Intel i7 with Retina Display. No Iris Pro. $60 cheaper.

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/F...-23ghz-Quad-core-Intel-i7-with-retina-Display

    So, I guess my question is do I need Iris Pro for my purposes? I don't know much about computers but it looks like the processor on the one with Iris Pro Graphics is slower. Is that right?

    Thanks.
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors G3

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    The 2.0GHz i7 is actually a little faster than the 2.3GHz i7. Conversely, the iris pro is actually slower than the GT650m.

    Personally, I'd go with the 2.0GHz model: it's got a newer CPU and has better battery life, but the GPU isn't as powerful.
     
  3. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    Agreed....
     
  4. Naimfan macrumors 601

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    I would also get the 2.0.

    Note in many respects the Iris Pro is faster than the 650m GT. And the 2.0 uses PCI-e storage, which is significantly faster. Finally, battery life on the 2.0 is noticeably better. It's newer technology.

    If the 2.3 were $1499, i'd go that way. But it isn't, and for $60 more you get a current machine.
     
  5. StrangeMagic66 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, guys! You all sold me on the 2.0. Can't wait!
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    That's a better machine, Intel really improved the GPU, and I think you're better off with the Iris Pro.

    Good luck :)
     

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