13" versus 15" macbook pro for archtirecture student

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by int.des, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. int.des macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2014
    hi everyone, i am student of interior design/architecture, now i am using imac 27" at home but i have to buy a macbook pro for my architectural jobs at school and etc... soo i have a unstable thought to choose the best screen size on macbook pro. i am thinking about 13" because its portable, lighter, easy to carry it. However some of friends say that 13" screen size does not good enough to drawing ang designing

    i mostly use sketchup, archicad also vray, occasionally acad and 3dmax.

    actually the cost is not object for me, to choose the best mbp which is important. 13" or 15"?

    i configurated selections in each screen size category

    macbook pro 13"
    2.8GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
    16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    512GB PCIe-based Flash Storage

    macbook pro 15"
    2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz
    16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    256GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    15" so you can use it in your lab, if you have labs.
  3. Arms19 macrumors newbie


    Apr 15, 2010
    New York
    If money is truly no object as you say, then go for the 15" rMBP. It's portable, light weight, and has retina which may come in handy for any CAD/programs you'll have to run.
  4. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    I would always opt for a 13" laptop on the go, and an external monitor at home for when I need a larger screen.

    Then again - I do all my serious work at home, and lug around the laptop basically for portability and access to the files on the go. I never have been able to get any serious work done at a Starbucks, or in a library - I need to be in the quiet surroundings of my home, so the 15" is never something I need.

    It all depends on what your workflow is.
  5. kelon111 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2013
    Geforce GPUs aren't good for CAD. Fire Pro and Quadro GPUs are much better.

    The Dell Precision M3800 is better than the 15" rMBP when it comes to CAD.
  6. TechZeke macrumors 68020


    Jul 29, 2012
    Rialto, CA
    The 15" model the OP is looking at has the Iris Pro.
  7. kelon111 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2013
    The Iris Pro is not good for CAD either.
  8. Xerotech macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2011
    I have the 15" model with a dedicated GPU. It runs CAD very well. People don't realize that CAD doesn't take much resources, unless it's an extremely complex structure. School won't go into that sort of depth, internships as well as jobs will have Workstations with licensed software to work with. The RMBP is definitely sufficient.
  9. kelon111 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2013
    The CAD I did in high school was pretty basic but in college I did a lot more complex work.

    Rendering at 40 FPS vs 10 FPS is a big difference to me , I don't know about you.
  10. zI INFINITY Iz macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2013
    40 fps is definitely much better then 10, I agree. And yes Fire Pro and Quadro GPUs are the best for CAD.

    But for light-medium use, I think Iris Pro is really fine. Geforce GPU's aren't good for CAD, but are you sure you know enough about Iris Pro? I've seen some benchmarks showing Iris Pro perform better (fps-wise) then even the NVIDIA GTX 780, showing that Geforce GPU's aren't great for CAD, but also showing how powerful Iris Pro can be.

    @OP: this post is great.

    One thing though, if you really want power, the 15" will be better.
  11. Xerotech macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2011
    Yeah, it is a big difference, but we are talking about what he wants. As a student, I'm sure he is bright enough to do his own research on what each program's requirements are. He's in the market for a mac, specifically a choice between the 13" and 15" rMBP, not a PC workstation. Although your suggestions are very helpful, it seems like he's not in the market for an over-kill computer, yet. Many businesses and schools offer workstations for use on campus/work. The price of software is substantial, so a computer without the necessary software is essentially useless.

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