13" Macbook Pro, graphics

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by smc333, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. smc333 macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2010
    Boston, MA
    Hi everyone,

    So my hope is the next 13" Macbook Pro (hopefully no ODD), will have a 1440x900 screen. I'm beginning to think this 15" is a little too large, and I'm just wondering, is the Sandy Bridge GPU good enough for most tasks such as video watching, interface interaction, etc.

    No games, no photoshop, no final cut, etc. Perhaps a little bit of Pixelmator. Thanks
  2. Intel Inside macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2008
    The sandy bridge is more than good enough for what you want to do!

    To be honest, the current mbp 13" will do you fine. I find the current screen to have more than enough space. Obviously i'm not going to be able to have Photoshop and safari windows side by side, that would be stupid!
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Yes, the HD3000 is perfectly capable of those tasks, and can even do some light-moderate gaming. People are making it look like it can't even display a blue screen, but in reality it's about the same in performance as the nvidia 320m. It does sound like you want a MacBook air though. You just described the 13" MBA in what you want from the next pro.
  4. Chiuy macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2011
    NorCal, Bay Area
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    Not unless you're reading from tutorial and doing Photoshop at the same time. :)
  5. jnpy!$4g3cwk macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    It should be perfect for you!! (I would have bought one, but, no anti-glare option, sigh.)
  6. 2hvy4grvty macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2011
    Next iteration of the 3000 IGP "should" match the 320m, just a step below the announced Llano IGP imo. There's no way Intel is outdoing AMD/ATI in the last thing they have going for them.

    That's assuming Apple upgrades to Ivy. That's a pretty big assumption. Apple's usually a bit late to the party (last gen MBP 13 was still on C2D, 2 years outdated; before the last refresh, MBP 15s was also on C2D, which were a year outdated), except this year, in which case they were early.
  7. Just "Vinnie" macrumors member

    May 5, 2011
    A macbook is probably overkill then.
  8. Surfing@Blacks macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2007
    Photoshop and final cut don't even use the GPU really. It is all CPU mostly. You will be very fine with those programs.

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