1. jrsharp70's Avatar
    I have a choice between a 27 inch late 2013 3.2 GHz I five with eight gigs of RAM,

    versus

    2016 21.5 inch, 1.6 GHz with a 256 gig flash hard drive.

    The 2013 is $200 cheaper. I know very little about Macs. Can someone with a good amount of experience give me some guidance?
    10-22-2016 05:17 PM
  2. Ariel Babalao's Avatar
    It's all depend on what you are planing to use the computer for.
    If you plan to use Virtual Machine on the Mac and or plan to use resource hungry applications such as video editing application, gaming apps etc... then get the 2013.
    But if you are just into office documents editing, browsing Internet and multimedia consumption, then 2016 is ok, with the addition that it's a future proof computer in terms of OS update.
    10-22-2016 05:25 PM
  3. robertk328's Avatar
    as long as the monitor size isn't a deal-breaker, the 21.5" because of the SSD.
    jrsharp70 likes this.
    10-22-2016 05:53 PM
  4. jrsharp70's Avatar
    Wow... thanks. why is a 1.6 ghz processor in the 2016 not inferior to the 3.2 in the 2013? what if I told you that the 2013 is $600 and the 2016 is $800, would that change your thoughts?
    10-22-2016 05:56 PM
  5. Ariel Babalao's Avatar
    The numbers speak for themselves, 1.6ghz is inferior to 3.2ghz regardless to the year of production.
    For the price, you are comparing at today's date a computer of 2013 to one of 2016, obviously the most recent one less powerful will cost that the oldest one, because it's not all about CPU, there is the SSD which is costly today, there is improvement in the overall hardware today.
    10-22-2016 06:03 PM
  6. robertk328's Avatar
    Geekbench scores:

    27" Late-2013 model: https://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/8099951

    21.5 Late-2015 model: https://browser.primatelabs.com/v4/cpu/810849

    Note the 2015 model doesn't mention SSD but that will be a huge difference in overall performance. Key is going to be what you plan to do with it. You could also get the 2013 model with the higher end processor and boot off an external SSD if you felt the need to do so. You could then use the internal spinner for storage of media (iTunes, iPhoto, etc.)
    10-23-2016 07:47 AM
  7. jrsharp70's Avatar
    Thank you for your input. I had a typo, the one with the 256 SSD was a 2016, not 2015

    I got the 27 inch. It is amazing. The spinning hard disk really isn't that slow. I'll upgrade to an SSD if it ever gets annoying. But for now, it is simply amazing to look at. I haven't had a desktop computer since 2001, so this is just incredible.
    10-24-2016 12:40 AM
  8. robertk328's Avatar
    congrats on the new machine
    10-24-2016 07:35 PM

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 7
    Last Post: 10-25-2016, 10:31 PM
  2. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-24-2016, 03:15 AM
  3. Maps keeps using my old home address for suggestions & reference.
    By iMore Question in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-22-2016, 06:34 PM
  4. help with my ipad 2
    By iMore Question in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-22-2016, 05:44 PM
LINK TO POST COPIED TO CLIPBOARD