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Mac Specs: Late 2013 MBP 15" I7 2.3 Ghz 16 GB Ram 500 GB SSD Retina

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I have a need for speed but want a REAL difference.

Is there really that big of a performance difference between the 13" MBP with the 2.7 Ghz I7 processor, 8 Gb ram and the 15" MBP with the 2.2 Ghz Quad core I7 processor with the 7200 rpm 500 Gb drive and 1 Gb Radeon 6750 Graphics?

Is there a performance rating somewhere that I can refer to? What do you experts in the field see? I know there is a significant difference in the price but is the difference really worth it? My guess is that in graphics intensive applications the difference would be real. But would the difference show up in everyday computing with say lots of multitasking? Would there be a real difference in the "seat of the pants horsepower" if you will?

I am contemplating purchasing a notebook for my wife but I may give her mine and possibly look at the speedier model for me.



15 " 2013 MBP OS X Ver. 10.9.1 16 GB Memory, 500 GB SSD, Retina, 2.3 Ghz I7, 30GB IPhone 5, 2012 Mini Cooper JCW Coupe, 2014 Toyota Corolla, 2007 Trailblazer, 2 RC Planes, 1 fantastic wife who puts up with my toys. Still Married After 30 Years.
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