2015 Macbook Pro 4K editing

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  1. ToonTonic, Jul 22, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2017

    ToonTonic macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2017
    Hi all,

    New to both this forum & Apple products in general.

    I have just started photo & video editing but now require a laptop of sorts that can handle 4K video.

    I cant afford the very latest Macbook Pro so have looked at Windows based alternatives.

    Whilst doing this search I have been offered a 2015 MBP with the following build:

    15" Retina display
    8GB Ram
    1GB Nvidia GT650M
    Ivy Bridge i7 2.7ghz
    500GB SSD

    I have several external HDD's & a rather large NAS at home so storsge isnt too big of an issue. I just ponder if this MBP can handle 4K video editing sufficiently.

    Price i was quoted is £800 and its in really great condition, boxed up etc.

    Thank you for any advice given.
  2. ixxx69 macrumors 65816

    Jul 31, 2009
    United States
    The 2015 15" MBP doesn't have a GTX650M. If that's correct about the GPU, then it's either a mid 2012 or early 2013.

    If you're at all "serious" about 4K video editing, the GTX650M and 8GB RAM really isn't up to the task.
  3. ToonTonic thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2017
    Sorry i meant GT650M
  4. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    I'm going to chime in agreeing with ixxx69 that you're a bit off. I've several older rMBPs in my company, and have recently offloaded all of my 2012 rMBPs. The 2012 version was the last with the nVidia GT650M dGPU, the late-2013 rMBP moved to the GT750M - it's my current rMBP so I'm pretty positive of this bit.

    The change between the 2012 and late-2013 rMBPs is pretty significant in that the latter was the first unit with PCIe SSDs, so much faster (about 3x) than the SATA3 SSDs in the 2012 rMBPs. The late-2013 units are just so much faster than the 2012 units - there's no way I would pay 800 quid for that Mac as the last one I sold about 4 months ago was for $800 (about 600 quid) and that unit was perfect, with a Samsung screen (not the LG display panels prone to ghosting).

    As to the 650M and 4k editing, don't waste your time. That dGPU is losing support as time goes on, and the 750M is not far behind - the 750M is the minimum dGPU I'd recommend for high-res anything.

    As to the 2015 rMBP with a GT650M dGPU, it doesn't exist. Newer MacBook Pros all use AMD dGPUs - the late-2013 rMBP was the last with an nVidia dGPU. I suspect a thief or an idiot on the seller's end. Cheers.
  5. jerryk macrumors 68040

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Something is wrong with these specs.

    A 2015 15" rMBP comes 16 GB of ram and the intergrated Iris Pro GPU, or the intergrated Iris Pro GPU plus the external AMD Radeon R9 M370X. No Nvidia GPU.

    Here is a link to the spec page. https://support.apple.com/kb/sp719?locale=en_US
  6. ToonTonic thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2017
    Big thanks to everyone who has replied, yall know your stuff.

    Ive contacted my friend again & he has corrected himself & sent me a copy of his original invoice.

    It was originally ordered on 19th April 2013.

    I will not be purchasing it.
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    For 4k, you'd probably want a mid-high level iMac with LOTS of RAM...

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