I'm trying to buy a new mac book. I have two choices: one is Apple Macbook Pro retina mid 2012 with NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1024 MB. And another is new macbook late retina 2013 using VGA onboard.

I have googled but found no answer for comparison between those graphics. Does NVIDIA Graphics card is really stronger than core i5 VGA onboard (gen 4) ?

@: sub question: about SSD, I see some benchmark, and see that SSD on 2013 is faster than SSD on 2012. Does this true ?

Thanks :)

  • are you playing heavy duty graphics games ?
    – Ruskes
    Commented Sep 26, 2014 at 19:08
  • No. i just use graphic software design often. such as Photoshop. AI. Unity ... :)
    – hqt
    Commented Sep 26, 2014 at 19:14

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I found out here that the difference is very minor in gaming performances.


Not to mention that the NVIDIA is a add on device while the Intel is integrated,resulting in more power consumption and graphics mode switching--that you might not want.

  • thanks :) so it looks like intel makes vga onboard so good :) can you tell me about ssd part. does 2013 line will faster than 2012. thanks :)
    – hqt
    Commented Sep 26, 2014 at 19:19
  • Actually it looks like Intel will severely damage the NVIDA business if they continue this road of superior GPU designs.
    – Ruskes
    Commented Sep 26, 2014 at 19:21
  • Yes it does read/write faster due to the SSD connector technology change from (SATA to PCIe).
    – Ruskes
    Commented Sep 26, 2014 at 19:26
  • except that, are there any differences in SSD technology, or all of ssd part uses same technology ? thanks :)
    – hqt
    Commented Sep 26, 2014 at 19:29
  • sorry, could you ask that as a new question, something like what is the SSD technology differences on Mac models, since the comments here are not meant for extended discussions
    – Ruskes
    Commented Sep 26, 2014 at 20:25

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