Which one..

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by swinkid, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. swinkid macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2012
    Hey Guys,

    Not sure which mac to get:

    rMBP with 512GB HDD upgrade or the most expensive non retina mbp..

    Reason being is I wish to play a few games and render video and I've heard rMBP's going up to 104 c (1 degree from the TJ Max)

    I will also be doing alot of stuff in Xcode

    I also will be boot camping due to some college work only being able to do in Windows..

    This is whats in my mind..

    non rmbp -
    + cheaper
    + Basically same spec as rmbp but without the retina screen
    + faster clock speed than rmbp
    + Ethernet port without adapter (I don't care much about this - but its a nice bonus)
    + Remote port
    - heavier
    - non ivy bridge (correct me if im wrong?)

    rMBP -
    - more expensive
    - less space
    + great screen
    + lighter
    + thiner

    This is also my first mac..

    Thoughts on this and which I should buy?

    Any temperature comparisons for both mid 2012 mbp's would be cool!
  2. Purant macrumors 6502

    Aug 26, 2012
    You're wrong.
    You could add + SSD to the rMBP.
  3. jffluis macrumors regular


    Aug 28, 2012
    I bought the MBP Retina (2.6/16/512) 3 weeks ago, it's my first MAC and I'm loving it.. I don't need optical drive and I bought ethernet adapter but I haven't used it yet :D

    BTW: The screen is GORGEOUS! :D

    MHO: Go for MBPR :D
  4. ivoruest macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2010
    Actually the Retina should run cooler because it has a better designed cooling system. Also, if Retina shows higher temps than expected is easier to change thermal paste which could help a little lowering temperatures. (Warning: doing this could void your warranty, even with Applecare.)
  5. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    I opted for the 2.3/16/256 rMBP and love it. I also have two 750GB USB3 externals for most my data.

    I dont ever need ethernet port or optical drive. The screen is so amazing that it makes up for it imo.
  6. vpro macrumors 65816


    Jun 8, 2012
    if you have cash

    if you have cash get all of it
    that is your American right
    what ever media and peers convince you to get
    don't matter
    you have the cash
    just get everything at the same time
    if you don't like it
    give it back to them and you owe nothing


    to learn more
  7. ColoArtist macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2012
    Denver, CO
    The rMBP is more expensive than the MBP? Well, sorta but not exactly. Like most things, it depends.:rolleyes:

    Most expensive "regular" MBP...
    $2,649 - 15" MBP 2.7 GHz (upgraded) / 8 GB / 1 TB hard drive (upgraded) / high-res screen (upgraded)

    But for a closer comparison, if you add a similar SSD to the MBP...
    $3,449 - same but with 512 GB SSD (the largest available BTO). Apple doesn't have the option on their order sheet, but memory can be bumped up to 16 GB with 3rd party modules for around $130.

    Comparable rMBP....
    $3,049 - 15" rMBP 2.7 GHz (upgraded) / 8 GB / 512 GB SSD

    If you go with the 512 GB SSD, the rMBP is less than the MBP by $400. Plus with the rMBP you get that gorgeous retina screen.

    With the rMBP you also have the option for 16GB of memory taking the rMBP up to $3,249. You can double the memory and still be $200 under a comparable MBP. :D

  8. vpro macrumors 65816


    Jun 8, 2012
    one of the best responses
    i love the way
    you put it all into numbers
    actual factual numbers
    i am practical
    i can live with that


    makes me wanna go out and re-buy my maxed out rMB but it doesn't live up to the PRO still for me, it is just me I guess, I'd rather no retina and an all powerful, thin and sexy 17" MacBook PRO refresh already ! (Hearts)
  9. swinkid, Sep 21, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2012

    swinkid thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2012
    Thanks for the replies

    by remote port i meant the IR receiver for the apple remote..

    And I guess it should be cooler but I've seen otherwise in some peoples posts..

    Has anyone know of any temperature comparisons between the mbp and the rmbp?

    Found this: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1397006

    Looks like im getting the retina..... :3

    If it does start getting hotter I will replace the thermal paste.. I've recently had to do this with my PC since I've fitted a new CPU cooler and replaced thermal paste so I've got the stuff to do it. Put some noctua Coolant on it :3!
  10. Southernboyj macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2012
    Mobile, AL
    Not only cooler.. my rMBP is WAY quieter than my old MBP.
  11. swinkid thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2012
    yeah thats a plus, but after living with an Intel stock cooler for my pc.. im kind of used to a loud pc (My pc is much better now since I have a Noctua NH-D14)!
  12. 262Runnr macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2008
    I purchased a 2012 13" MBP refurb....love it!
    I'm looking forward to maxing everything out with a 512 GB SSD as soon as Black Friday comes along...I already have the 16GB of RAM. My total investment will end of being about $1600 but it will be a monster after it's done :)
    Oh, & the $10 Optibay will hold the existing 750HDD very nicely also...
  13. 0x000000 macrumors 6502

    Aug 26, 2011
    OMG!!! You totally need that! I got one for my Air as well and it's the greatest thing ever, the sleek aluminium, the rounded shape, the build quality, those little buttons, it's heaven on earth born in an explosion of rainbow and fantasy by Steve Jobs himself.

    Something like a year later I've noticed my air doesn't even have an IR receiver, what a bummer. Now it rests with my USB ethernet adapter that's still in its packaging and the external superdrive that has been used just as often.

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