1. aamdanseur's Avatar
    I know that I am about to start a thread for an age old argument, but my situation is a little different. I am going to preface this question by saying I have a gaming PC at home, and that I can get both of these laptops for EXACTLY the same price...
    I am trying to decide whether to buy a:

    2012(early 2013)-Retina Macbook Pro 15inch /2.4 i7/256gb/8gb ram/nvidia GT650m
    Late 2013- Retina Macbook Pro 13inch/2.4 i5/256gb/8gb ram/ Iris Graphics


    I know the numbers and figures and what they mean on paper and in the real world. I also know that you need to know what I am going to use it for, well:
    Web surfing, email, word processing, watching the occasional movie or netflix, and gaming here and there. I have many games but mostly OSX retro emulator games and the occasional Diablo or Starcraft mix session which it seems through some research that either system would be fine to handle with reduced GPU settings. I would love to be able to play any of my games in bootcamp as well ( Crysis 3, tombraider etc.) and not have to worry about knocking down the graphic setting.

    The part that I am stuck on is the price. I know that 15inch with discrete graphics was/is a better $2100 machine as of a few months back, but the lower battery life for general tasks and heavier weight have me stumped. Any input would be greatly appreciate, I have been a member or the community since 2008 but never had to ask a question
    04-13-2014 10:13 AM
  2. kch50428's Avatar
    I'd go for the i7/15".... you'll appreciate the extra screen real estate.
    04-13-2014 10:17 AM
  3. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Normally, I'd say go with the latest model, but in this case, I have to agree with Keith. The faster processor and extra screen size trumps the newer model, especially when they're only 6 months apart.
    04-13-2014 10:19 AM
  4. iOS Gravity's Avatar
    I'd go for the i7/15".... you'll appreciate the extra screen real estate.
    Yeah I agree. The i7 will be a big boost even though it's older than the other laptop.
    04-13-2014 10:19 AM
  5. aamdanseur's Avatar
    Does anyone know from experience, if there is a lot of heat on the i7 model? I know the newer processor and integrated graphics will run cooler, but will i notice the heat?
    04-13-2014 11:51 AM
  6. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Does anyone know from experience, if there is a lot of heat on the i7 model? I know the newer processor and integrated graphics will run cooler, but will i notice the heat?
    With something intensive like video rendering or converting or some games, yes you will. For everyday tasks no.
    04-13-2014 11:54 AM
  7. aamdanseur's Avatar
    I appreciate the feedback. Does anyone else have any thoughts on either of these matters?
    04-13-2014 12:18 PM
  8. aamdanseur's Avatar
    I have had the 15inch for a week now, and cannot imagine going back! Thanks again !
    04-20-2014 08:48 AM
  9. phreddyl's Avatar
    I have had the 15inch for a week now, and cannot imagine going back! Thanks again !
    Nice. Enjoy!
    04-20-2014 01:03 PM
  10. iOS Gravity's Avatar
    Congrats. Enjoy your new Mac.
    04-20-2014 01:28 PM

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