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Old 2nd March 2017, 1:25 PM   #1
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Default Thinking to upgrade my late 2011 Macbook Pro

So I'm looking at a new, 13 inch macbook as I want something smaller due to doing more travelling around with work.

Size aside, my current macbook is a late 2011 15 inch and I'm wondering if the new one will actually be better performance wise as I really went all out on specs when I got my current one. The reason I'm asking is I checked a few benchmarks on mac benchmarks https://browser.primatelabs.com/mac-benchmarks and my current laptop beats the new one in 'multi core' but not in 'single core'.

I've got an SSD in the 15 inch and the specs are:
2.2ghz Quad Core i7 - 2675QM
8gb Ram 1333mhz
6750 gfx card (512mb)
http://www.everymac.com/systems/appl...olt-specs.html

The latest 13 inch model that I would buy is:
SSD
2.9ghz Dual Core i5
8gb Ram 2133mhz
Iris 550 Gfx
http://www.apple.com/au/macbook-pro/specs/

So my questions are:

1. Would day to day computer activities be faster on the mac
2. Would it be faster in bootcamp
3. Would it game as well, better or worse (Mac or bootcamp - I mainly use Steam or Blizzard games and am reasonably happy on my current laptop)

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Old 15th March 2017, 11:03 AM   #2
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Old 15th March 2017, 11:07 PM   #3
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at a wild guess.. single threaded will be slightly faster on the new machine.. multiple threaded stuff will with slower on the new machine.

Disk access will be much faster..
Video will be around the same..


None of this is based on any evidence. but just a hunch..

Basically you are gaining portability and battery life and a nicely screen..
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Old 16th March 2017, 9:01 AM   #4
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there has not been any real significant power output changes in the MBP line up since the initial retina release.
I recently sold my 2.7ghz i7 Mid 2012 Retina and built a Gaming PC which has about 5x the power as previously and spent only $300 over the selling price of the MBP.
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Old 21st March 2017, 12:47 PM   #5
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Very hard to work out isnt it :-)

I'm in a similar boat - 13" 2011 i7.

You could try putting 16GB of RAM in the current 15? A very cheap upgrade and made a big difference to the performance and feel of mine.

Especially as even with an SSD the disk I/O of SATA in the older MBP's is much slower than the new ones with a soldered SSD's.
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