Will this rMBP be what I need?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by borgqueens, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. borgqueens macrumors member


    Aug 10, 2013
    Hi in agust I´m gonna start in Engenering school and need to replies my old 13" mbp with a 15" rBMP for the bigger display for more windows side by side in class. I don´t need the high end with the dGPU but if I upgrade the low end 15" to same CPU, RAM, and space spec. It costs the same.

    My question is if I go for this option:
    2.0GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz
    16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    512GB PCIe-based Flash Storage

    Will I ever feel like I needed the last 300MHz CPU ?

    I know I´m gonna do programming but I do not think it will be programming that is CPU heavy in anyway. However I do not know for sure if I´ll need to do anything that will require the dGPU.

    On advance I will like to thank you all for any and all ideas and surgenstions and opinions you might offer.
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Never. I would defy anybody to tell the difference using actual applications.
  3. Marty62 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2010
    Berlin formerly London
    That will do VERY nicely :)
    Enjoy and good luck with the course.

  4. atticus27 macrumors regular


    Feb 2, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    the baseline 15" will be fine. I use a 13" for coding iOS and android apps and moderate editing in final cut and it runs them pretty smooth.
  5. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014

    That sounds very good. 16GB is a lot of ram so unless you're using some heavy engineering software 8GB might be enough. To put it into perspective, the Xbox One has 8GB ram. I think 2.0 MHz CPU is great. I wouldn't worry about the .3 MHz unless you think it'll bother you later.
  6. simon48, Apr 13, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2014

    simon48 macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2010
    Will this rMBP be what I need?

    Did you seriously just compare the rMBP's RAM to the Xbox One's RAM!? That is an awful comparison, RAM is used the most when multitasking which the Xbox One does almost none of. If the OP will be doing a lot at the same time and/want it to be running smooth for many years I'd get 16GB of RAM.
  7. robE89 macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2011
    Anyone who is coding on rMBP`'s: does the 15 feel THAT much better than 13' in terms on screen estate? or the difference is negligible?
  8. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    Thats a very strange perspective. :confused:

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