2.3 GHz sufficient for coding software?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Jeff Hall, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. Jeff Hall macrumors regular

    Jeff Hall

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    What kind loads do you have to put on these new MacBook Pros to bog down the 2.3GHz CPU?

    I need a snappy machine for doing software development. I was planning to upgrade to a 16GB 2.3 GHz model. Are there some good articles out there that explain what conditions cause the CPU to boost to 3.3 GHz?

    The heaviest load I envision would include my IDE, several browsers running simultaneously (e.g., Safari, Firefox, Chrome), a database server, app server, possibly also a web server. In some cases, even Windows IE in a VM at the same time.

    I'm stilling getting by with my 2006 MacBook Pro (just 2GB RAM), but it can't run the load I just described. It really bogs down trying to run the IDE and a Windows VM. I suspect that's mainly a RAM issue.

    -Jeff
     
  2. nitromac macrumors 6502

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    My friend did some pretty heavy software development on his MBP, and he had a 2.2 Sandy Bridge, running 1-2 VMs simultaneously, along with Outlook, 20ish tabs in chrome, and Xcode. It ran pretty smoothly. I got the same configuration because of him, lol (albeit the 2012 with ivy bridge)
     
  3. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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