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Apple Laptop help - November 16, 2012, 06:37 AM


15-inch: 2.3GHz
with Retina display

  • 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
  • 8GB 1600MHz memory
  • 256GB flash storage1
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory
  • Built-in battery (7 hours)2
  • In Stock
  • Free Shipping
  • $2,199.00
VS.
15-inch: 2.6GHz
with Retina display

  • 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
  • 8GB 1600MHz memory
  • 512GB flash storage1
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory
  • Built-in battery (7 hours)2
  • In Stock
  • Free Shipping
  • $2,799.00
My question is the difference really worth the extra 600.00?


Also am I buying blinker fluid if I purchased this extra option?

You can upgrade the processor in your MacBook Pro to the 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, featuring 8MB L3 cache and Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7GHz.

Processor
  • 2.6GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
  • 2.7GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz [Add $250.00]

Is this worth it? Will it make the laptop relevant for a longer period of time?

Use of this laptop will be for photoshop (hobby) and personal everyday use.


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November 16, 2012, 06:41 AM

Are you a regular super user? (run multiple programs at the same time? editing video?)

If so then yes. If not then no.

Only difference I see is the processor speed and the HD size. If it were me making the decision I wouldn't give up the extra cash.


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November 16, 2012, 06:44 AM

Personally, I'd go with the second of the two for the extra drive space. (But I do software develpment, so I use a ton of space all the time. I'd prefer a 4 Tb drive in it.) Then go buy a huuuuge monitor and external wireless drives to do your storage.

You don't need to pay for the latest drives or CPU if you aren't stressing the machine in my opinion. The average user does a few applications (Word, Excel, powerpoint,), surfs the web, and maybe has a couple of thick client applications to cut up video. Unless you are doing it professionally then any of these should be able to do it. Heck, I can still cut up video on my macbook pro and it's 4 years old.


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November 16, 2012, 06:50 AM

Sweet, thanks for the input. I am NOT a super user so the cheaper one it is! Also MudDawg you can increase your storage and RAM. I am thinking the RAM upgrade is worth the extra cash?
Expecially since I can't just pop open the PC and swap it out like you can a non apple. However is an external hard drive a pain with apple and go with more internal storage? Or just pick up a 500GB external for 80 bucks and use that for pic storage?

Memory

Every MacBook Pro with Retina display comes with 8GB of 1600MHz memory. Please note that the memory is built into the computer, so if you think you may need more memory in the future, it is important to upgrade at the time of purchase.

The more memory your computer has, the more apps you can run simultaneously and the better performance you get from your computer. MacBook Pro with Retina display uses one of the fastest memory technologies available today 1600MHz Double Data Rate Low Voltage (DDR3L), synchronous dynamic random-access memory (SDRAM) ensuring that the Intel Core i7 processor is constantly fed with data without wasting clock cycles.
How much memory is right for you?
  • With 8GB of memory standard, you can multitask with ease and run memory-intensive applications without compromising performance. This allows you to work on complex tasks such as editing photos and video, creating illustrations, and building complex presentations.
  • Max out the memory in your MacBook Pro with 16GB to allow your professional applications like Aperture and Final Cut Pro to run at peak performance.
Note that every MacBook Pro with Retina display comes with 8GB of memory built into the computer. If you think you may need 16GB of memory in the future, it is important to upgrade at the time of purchase, because memory cannot be upgraded later in this model.



Memory
  • 8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
  • 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM [Add $200.00]

Storage

Your MacBook Pro comes standard with 256GB or 512GB of flash storage. Please note that the flash storage is built into the computer, so if you think you may need more storage capacity in the future, it is important to upgrade at the time of purchase.

Flash storage is superior to a traditional hard drive. It has no moving parts, which means it's more reliable and silent. And because flash storage is up to four times faster than a traditional hard drive, everything you do is more responsive browsing a large photo library, opening and copying files, and waking MacBook Pro from sleep, for instance.
You can configure your MacBook Pro with up to 768GB of flash storage. The larger the flash storage capacity, the more space is available to store your documents, photos, music, videos, apps, and more.



Storage
  • 256GB Flash Storage
  • 512GB Flash Storage [Add $500.00]
  • 768GB Flash Storage [Add $1,000.00]


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November 16, 2012, 06:53 AM

I just realized if I add the extra 512GB storage option at 500.00 then the laptop will cost just as much as the second option with the faster processor...


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Sweet, thanks for the input. I am NOT a super user so the cheaper one it is! Also MudDawg you can increase your storage and RAM. I am thinking the RAM upgrade is worth the extra cash?
Expecially since I can't just pop open the PC and swap it out like you can a non apple. However is an external hard drive a pain with apple and go with more internal storage? Or just pick up a 500GB external for 80 bucks and use that for pic storage?

Memory

Every MacBook Pro with Retina display comes with 8GB of 1600MHz memory. Please note that the memory is built into the computer, so if you think you may need more memory in the future, it is important to upgrade at the time of purchase.

The more memory your computer has, the more apps you can run simultaneously and the better performance you get from your computer. MacBook Pro with Retina display uses one of the fastest memory technologies available today — 1600MHz Double Data Rate Low Voltage (DDR3L), synchronous dynamic random-access memory (SDRAM) — ensuring that the Intel Core i7 processor is constantly fed with data without wasting clock cycles.
How much memory is right for you?

[*]With 8GB of memory standard, you can multitask with ease and run memory-intensive applications without compromising performance. This allows you to work on complex tasks such as editing photos and video, creating illustrations, and building complex presentations.[*]Max out the memory in your MacBook Pro with 16GB to allow your professional applications like Aperture and Final Cut Pro to run at peak performance.
Note that every MacBook Pro with Retina display comes with 8GB of memory built into the computer. If you think you may need 16GB of memory in the future, it is important to upgrade at the time of purchase, because memory cannot be upgraded later in this model.

Memory
[*]8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM [*]16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM [Add $200.00]

Storage

Your MacBook Pro comes standard with 256GB or 512GB of flash storage. Please note that the flash storage is built into the computer, so if you think you may need more storage capacity in the future, it is important to upgrade at the time of purchase.

Flash storage is superior to a traditional hard drive. It has no moving parts, which means it's more reliable and silent. And because flash storage is up to four times faster than a traditional hard drive, everything you do is more responsive — browsing a large photo library, opening and copying files, and waking MacBook Pro from sleep, for instance.
You can configure your MacBook Pro with up to 768GB of flash storage. The larger the flash storage capacity, the more space is available to store your documents, photos, music, videos, apps, and more.

Storage
[*]256GB Flash Storage [*]512GB Flash Storage [Add $500.00][*]768GB Flash Storage [Add $1,000.00]
You can Upgrade your ram and hd yourself for cheaper than what apple charges.

I can downloads the take apart guide for your model

(apple certified tech)



Also, spend the extra money on AppleCare

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November 16, 2012, 06:55 AM

The difference between the 2.3 and 2.6 is miniscule. If you are okay with the 256GB SSD then I would upgrade the CPU to the 2.7ghz model, it offers more cache and will really make a difference when compared to the 2.3.

You can always upgrade the SSD later...like if/when OWC comes out with a 700+GB version.


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Man you can get 2 TB external drives for like 110 bucks... shop around. there are many deals to be had.. especially with BF coming up..


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Man you can get 2 TB external drives for like 110 bucks... shop around. there are many deals to be had.. especially with BF coming up..
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External storage is sufficient for your expansion needs


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You can Upgrade your ram and hd yourself for cheaper than what apple charges.

I can downloads the take apart guide for your model

(apple certified tech)



Also, spend the extra money on AppleCare

It's the best goddamn warranty in the business. Saved my ass several times
Retina models have the ram soldered to the board.
Only SSD options are through OWC and they are nearly as much (actually less when you consider you can sell the original).


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External storage is slow and cumbersome (unless he buys a promise thunderbolt array). Besides, I know I don't like carrying around the laptop and the external drive when I go somewhere (and need both). F-that.


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So the smart choice it seems from the opinions here is External storage, spend the extra cash on the 16GB RAM and the 2.7GHz processor.


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November 16, 2012, 07:01 AM

OP, if you really don't need the latest and greatest then get the 'slowest' model with 8GB of memory (you will not need more). The only thing you should be looking in to is storage size, if you want more or if you can get away with 256GB internally.


Do you game?
Do you edit HD video?
Do you edit images that are over 1GB in size?
Do you run databases/tools/algorythms?


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