13" vs 15"

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  1. suclearnub, Dec 12, 2012
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    suclearnub macrumors member

    suclearnub

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    Hello all, and this is my first post around here.

    I have difficulty choosing between the 13" and the 15", because I will be using my future rMBP for these:
    Medium - Heavy gaming (TF2, Black Ops, etc.)
    Video editing (FCPX)
    Daily use in school
    Which one would be better?
     
  2. Valkyre macrumors 6502

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    Ι suggest to avoid the 13 inch rmbp. Get the 15 inch. The difference in size is not that much of a deal (actually 15 inch is thinner) and you get much much better hardware for only 200$ more. You get a dedicated GPU, larger SSD, quad core i7 cpu etc etc.

    The 13 inch is not worth its value imho. 15 inch on the other hand is a bargain for the stuff thats packed into it.
     
  3. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 65816

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    The 13 inch Retina is a very good value at $1499.99 with no tax it's the best computer I have ever owned
     
  4. suclearnub thread starter macrumors member

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    I am a current MBA user, and is a 2kg computer a hassle to bring around? It sounds scary to me.
     
  5. tillsbury macrumors 65816

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    Don't get a 13" rMBP for any type of gaming. The 15 just cuts it for medium level stuff.
     
  6. suclearnub thread starter macrumors member

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    would it lag-a-lot when running some more serious games?
     
  7. Valkyre macrumors 6502

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    most games will run at 1920 resolution with medium max settings and 30-40 frames per sec.

    The size and weight is not an issue at least to me... the difference aint that huge compared to 13 inch.

    If you want weight size difference and a 13inch machine I would recommend the MBA over rmbp.
     
  8. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 65816

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    I would spend the $200 more than the 13 inch air and get the Retina screen it's a no brainer
     
  9. Valkyre macrumors 6502

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    If the portability is a huge issue I prefer the MBA over the 13 inch rmbp.

    The 13 inch rmbp isnt worth it in my opinion. Due to the retina and no dedicated GPU this machine really struggles under serious tasks.
     
  10. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 65816

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    compare the 2 side by side and there isn't much difference in size but the retina screen will blow you away making the air's screen look like it's leftover from the 80's
     
  11. Valkyre macrumors 6502

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    I know man I have the 15 inch, still I cannot recommend the 13 inch. I believe it is quite overpriced compared to what you get with an extra 200$ for the 15 inch. (dedicated gpu, double ssd, quad core i7 etc)

    But hey that is just my opinion, I aint claiming that everyone should agree with it. I was asked for my opinion which I gave it ;)
     
  12. dusk007 macrumors 68040

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    They should have put the 35W Quad Core into the 13" rMBP in which case it would be more reasonable.
     
  13. bogatyr macrumors 65816

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    You'll want the Nvidia dGPU - so 15"

    You'll want the quad core CPU - so 15"
     
  14. ssn637 macrumors 6502

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    Since you didn't mention portability as a factor then it's a no brainer. The 15" rMBP is the only choice for your needs, especially the heavy gaming. The NVidia 650M kicks some serious butt.
     
  15. netdog macrumors 603

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    I love my rMBP 15", but having switched from an MBA, yeah, the weight is a big deal when you go mobile.
     

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