2015 MBP 15inch or 2018 13inch MBP for Video Editing

What is better for video editing


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LeoH21

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May 21, 2017
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Hey Everyone,

Just wanted to get some opinions. I have the chance to purchase a 2015 MacBook Pro, the specs are:
  • 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache
  • 16GB Ram and 512GB SSD
Or I can get a 13inch MacBook Pro for around £400 more and the specs would be:
  • 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, with 64MB of eDRAM
  • 16GB Ram and 512 SSD

I currently have a 15 inch 2018 MacBook Pro on loan from someone and I hate the keyboard and the dongle life is far more annoying than I could have imagined. Not to mention, the Touch Bar that freezes occasionally. I do however love how speedy it is.

It is just too expensive and over double the cost of a 2015 MBP. So I can't afford this right now. The most I could afford is the 13 inch listed above.

My question is, for video editing and for Premiere (I know I know PC works better for premiere) will I get better performance from the quad core 2015 MacBook Pro than from the 13 inch dual core once currently on sale?

I always thought more cores were better, but don't know enough about computer to tell if the quad core 2.5 i7 that is almost 4 years old would run faster than the dual core apple is currently selling.

I just don't want to buy the 2015 one and have to upgrade again in a year or two. Is it too old already?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
 

Samuelsan2001

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Oct 24, 2013
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If you aren’t editing 4K then the 13 inch will probably be pretty darn good for you. But you will probably want the dGPU for editing 4K. Of course more real estate is good for editing too.

You mention using premiere it’s about as bad on a pc as it is a Mac but for the same money you can get a 1060 or 1070 equipped pc and that will make a difference, if you are going with a Mac go with fcpx it screams for video editing on modern macs.
 

LeoH21

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Original poster
May 21, 2017
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I guess I should mention I am going to sell a Razer 15 with the following specs to get the MacBook:
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8750H processor, 6 Cores/12 Threads, 2.2GHz/4.1GHz (Base/Max Turbo), 9MB Cache
  • Mobile Intel® HM370 Chipset
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 Max-Q Design (6GB GDDR5 VRAM, Optimus™ Technology)
Am I being silly? should I just say goodbye to OS X?
 

buran-energia

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Oct 9, 2017
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from the 13 inch dual core once currently on sale
2018 13 are quad core (the one without touch bar is actually 2017 dual core and might get an update soon).

If you mean 2017 13 non-TB vs 15 2015 for video editing, then it's definitely 2015 15.

2018 13 TB vs 2015 15 would depend on whether you need the bigger display.

I guess I should mention I am going to sell a Razer 15 with the following specs to get the MacBook:
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8750H processor, 6 Cores/12 Threads, 2.2GHz/4.1GHz (Base/Max Turbo), 9MB Cache
  • Mobile Intel® HM370 Chipset
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 Max-Q Design (6GB GDDR5 VRAM, Optimus™ Technology)
Am I being silly? should I just say goodbye to OS X?
What you don't like about it?
 

LeoH21

macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 21, 2017
22
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2018 13 are quad core (the one without touch bar is actually 2017 dual core and might get an update soon).

If you mean 2017 13 non-TB vs 15 2015 for video editing, then it's definitely 2015 15.

2018 13 TB vs 2015 15 would depend on whether you need the bigger display.



What you don't like about it?
I was thinking the base 2018 (or 2017 as it actually is) model. If I go to the 2018 13inch along with a Touch Bar and upgrade the ssd and ram...it comes to over 2 grand. Again, costing almost double the 2015 model.

But will an almost 4 year old processor really beat out a 2017 one?
 

IngerMan

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Feb 21, 2011
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I currently have a 15 inch 2018 MacBook Pro on loan from someone and I hate the keyboard and the dongle life is far more annoying than I could have imagined. Not to mention, the Touch Bar that freezes occasionally. I do however love how speedy it is.
If you hate the keyboard and dongle life, why are you even considering anything but the 2105?
 

LeoH21

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Original poster
May 21, 2017
22
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If you hate the keyboard and dongle life, why are you even considering anything but the 2105?
Solely because I am worried about getting a laptop that won't be able to edit 4k or might become too old in a year or two. But looking at bench mark results its faster than the base 2017 MBP 13inch.
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2018 13 are quad core (the one without touch bar is actually 2017 dual core and might get an update soon).

If you mean 2017 13 non-TB vs 15 2015 for video editing, then it's definitely 2015 15.

2018 13 TB vs 2015 15 would depend on whether you need the bigger display.



What you don't like about it?
The Razers breakdown a lot. I had the previous model and had 4 break down in under a year.
 

buran-energia

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Oct 9, 2017
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I was thinking the base 2018 (or 2017 as it actually is) model. If I go to the 2018 13inch along with a Touch Bar and upgrade the ssd and ram...it comes to over 2 grand. Again, costing almost double the 2015 model.

But will an almost 4 year old processor really beat out a 2017 one?
The updated base (non-TB) model might come out this month. The 2017 ones (which some people confuse for 2018) have, imho, inadequate cooling, causing lots of noise and heat (they have 1 fan vs 2 on the TB model). I'd stay away from them.
 
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