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Hey guys, So tomorrow, I will be picking up a 15" MacBook Pro with the retina display, and was wondering if upgrading from 2.6ghz to 2.7ghz is worth the $250 Apple is charging. I will be doing heavy video editing daily in Final Cut Pro, and will be editing 72mbps files. I will also be exporting constantly along with uploading. I heard that .1ghz will make it 8% faster, but I'm just trying to get the opinions of others. Thanks!

asked Dec 26 '12 at 18:00

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I'll keep my thoughts short and simple.

If you're already going to be spending at least $2800 on a laptop, how much in comparison is the extra $250? Sure, it's priced higher than the CPU difference actually costs, but I don't think that $250 is that big of a deal if you're going to be buying a top class laptop that you want to last a really long time.

My answer: Buy the upgraded CPU, it will probably save you many dozens of hours in rendering time.

answered Dec 26 '12 at 20:02

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edited Dec 26 '12 at 23:22

I personally say no. I don't think You'll notice much increase in performance from the extra 100mhz. I think you should save your $250 and maybe upgrade the amount of ram or ssd capacity. That will be money spent a little more wisely, IMO.

answered Dec 26 '12 at 22:44

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I7 includes faster turbo charge which makes editing and exporting a lot faster

answered Dec 27 '12 at 11:45

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Yes, I know, and both 2.6 and 2.7ghz are quad i7

(Dec 27 '12 at 11:49) max_loubet14 max_loubet14's gravatar image

Spend the extra money for the RAM. Stick with the 2.6Ghz, doubt you will really notice the difference anyways.

answered Dec 27 '12 at 12:44

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I'm already going to have the ram upgraded to 16gb, and the hard drive to 768gb. The deciding factor is just the 2.6 vs 2.7ghz.

(Dec 27 '12 at 13:40) max_loubet14 max_loubet14's gravatar image
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