2012 MBP 15" (2.3GHz) - $750..?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Santabean2000, Nov 22, 2014.

  1. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000

    Santabean2000

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    Hi, I have an option on a 2012 MBP (base model), for US$750.

    My needs are not high end; HD video in FCPX sometimes, Photoshop edits occasionally, but a lot of just normal stuff usually.

    I like the pull-apart upgradeability of the 2012, esp for holding all my files and footage (with a dual drive setup).

    I am worried about the 512MB VRAM, (wish it was 1GB...), especially looking ahead to a 4K+ future...

    $750... Worth it?

    Any advice appreciated.
     
  2. Naimfan macrumors 601

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    Yes.
     
  3. Mcdevidr macrumors 6502a

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  4. Naimfan macrumors 601

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    It will switch to the 650 as needed.
     
  5. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Definitely worth it. The last powerful, upgradeable MacBook Pro made. I have it and most of my friends have the same model. So simple to whack 16GB RAM and an SSD in it. It's a real performer.

    Speaking personally the fans do ramp up in bootcamp when running games. Graphics card isn't going to break any benchmarks but it's perfectly modest for a laptop IMHO.

    I absolutely adore this Mac, and $750 is a great price for it.
     
  6. Santabean2000 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I have some spare SSDs ready to roll and 16GB in my 13" which can be moved over. Might order an 8GB kit to go back into the 13".

    What's FCPX performance like on this machine?
     
  7. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    I'm not sure about fcp but I use logic x and it's great. As it's a quad core i7 with 8 cpu threads it'll handle anything you can throw at it.

    Just make sure the RAM speed you're putting in the 15" is 1600MHz and not 1333-
     
  8. Santabean2000 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Cheers. I have a 2012 MBP 13"; same RAM, pretty sure.[ Correct me if I'm wrong]
     
  9. EdDuPlessis macrumors 6502

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    Crazy good price if it has no hardware faults
     
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  11. 0x100 macrumors regular

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    Only the macbook pro that year had 512 megs of vram.
     
  12. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Yeah buddy it's the same RAM :)
     
  13. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    The BTO 15" had 1GB VRAM if I remember rightly.
     
  14. 0x100 macrumors regular

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    Yes that's correct, it also gave you a faster processor.
    Ts Macbook Pro has 512 megs so it has to be a regular Macbook Pro. All the retinas had 1 gig.
     

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