455 vs 460? About $360 Price difference

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  1. mixart macrumors member

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    I am gonna order the new Macbook Pro 15" 2.7Ghz/16GB/512GB SSD on monday. I just can't desire if I should go for 455 or 460. If I order the 460 on Apple's Denmark website it cost 24.500 DKK. If I order the 455 on power.dk, it will cost 22.000 DKK. Power.dk sells Apple product cheaper here in Denmark. That's about $360 cheaper, If I choose 455 over the 460 on Apple's site. I will use it with my LG UltraFine 5K for graphic design such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and light use with After Effects.

    Does 460 really make a difference with my kind of work? I dont play games.

    For $360 I can buy a new Wacom Intuos Pro Medium with Bluetooth, so I dont need an adaptor.
     
  2. MadDane macrumors 6502a

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    Another Dane here :)

    If memory serves me right the 460 should be about 50% or so faster than the 455. And for pushing that many pixels in the Adobe apps I think you would be happier in the long run paying a bit extra.

    Do you by any chance have access to Scalepoint, the Education Store or anything similar that will give you savings in another way?
     
  3. mixart thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes I'm studying, but I am starting my own company, so I can take 20% VAT off the price.
     
  4. MadDane macrumors 6502a

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    Have you considered going with the 2.6GHz + 460 as a compromise then? There is barely any difference between the 2.6 and 2.7 but there is between the 455 and 460.
     
  5. aevan macrumors 68000

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    Personally, no, I don't think it's worth it unless you have a very specific workflow. For most cases, you won't notice the difference. Unless you plan on gaming or video editing, it's definitely not worth it - people say "if you use Adobe apps, get the 460" - but that's not true, people confuse Adobe video apps with the entire suite. No, Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom or InDesign won't run faster in practice. And you won't get any future-proofing with the stronger GPU either, because other components will be outdated far sooner than the GPU.

    On the other hand, the Wacom Intuos Pro Medium will offer real, practical benefits (I have the latest version, and it's great - yeah, the BT is really nice to have, and it's also USB-C on the tablet side so you can use your MacBook's charge cable to connect it).

    If money is not an issue, sure, get the 460. But I'd go for 455 + Wacom, for sure.
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    I can't speak for him, but a lot of discounts apply only to stock configurations, and customizing actually ends up costing quite more in most of Europe. BTW, for most workflows (other than games, video and benchmarks), there's barely any difference between 455 and 460 too.
     
  6. leman macrumors 604

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    Probably no. GPU acceleration of visual content production usually does not scale well, unless you mainly use effects and workflows that can easily be offloaded to the GPU. But Adobe was never particularly competent with writing GPU accelerated routines...
     
  7. mixart thread starter macrumors member

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    Choose the 2.6Ghz and upgrade to 512GB SSD and 460 will cost 24.500 DKK. That''s not an option for me.
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    Thank you. I'm more convinced that I will choose 455, save $360 and buy the new Wacom Intuos Pro Medium instead :)
     
  8. theitsage macrumors 6502a

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    Radeon Pro 460 is not 50% faster than 455. Here are some Polaris 11 GPU benchmarks we collected recently.

    Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 11.04.43.png

    OP, it's not worth the $360 price difference. As others said, spend that money on the Wacom.
     
  9. mixart thread starter macrumors member

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    If it was only $100 more expensive for upgrading the 460 on the Apple site, then I would properly choose the 460. But Power.dk offers really good price for the 2.7Ghz/512GB/455 here in Denmark and I can safe like $360.
     
  10. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    As others have said, Adobe graphics software doesn't do much with the dGPU, at least not presently. That could change in the future, of course.

    The 460 is about 10% faster than the 455, by the way. Not a huge difference.
     
  11. mixart thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanking for helping me. I'm 100% sure I will choose the 455 now.
     
  12. medulla macrumors regular

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    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/prod..._z0sh_mlh429_bh_macbook_pro_15_inch_with.html
     
  13. jerryk macrumors 68030

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    Interesting comment about Adobe. The Adobe documentation for Photoshop and Lightroom imply that they do make use of the GPU and some features do not work without the GPU.
     
  14. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    Very few features use the dGPU, last I checked, but yes, I believe there are some that can use what they refer to as dGPU acceleration.
     

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