afraid of base model gnu capabilities

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by zeiter, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. zeiter macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2008
    Hello there,

    I will buy a new rmbp 15 inch for photography (lightroom+photoshop). I will use this computer for the next 4-5 years. I am afraid of the performance of the iris pro 5200 in terms of scrolling-ui lag experienced since the beginning of the retina macbook pro. A couple posts here already mention the scrolling lag is not resolved...I don't understand why this happens...

    I would prefer not to spend almost 3K with the dgpu model. I will connect the macbook pro with a 27 inch display and use a scaled resolution...

    thank you for your input.
  2. JorgeLomeli macrumors regular


    Nov 29, 2008
    Monterrey, MEXICO
    i was afraid of that too!

    that's why i went with the 15inch 2.3/ 16gb/1Tb/750m and i´ll use the gfxcardstatus software to disable the 750m and re-enabled it only when needed. :rolleyes:
  3. Bradf50 macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2013
    Hi buddy. Thought I'd register to help you out. Just received the rmbp today. My spec is the 2.3/16GB/512GB model. On my previous 2012 rmbp I installed an free application called gfxCardStatus, in which it gives you a notification of what graphics solution it's using at a given time. Regarding scrolling I've not yet experienced any scroll lag after a day of using it which is still using integrated graphics on Chrome. The app will also let you switch to Integrated or Discrete only. So I tried it on "Integrated only" on Photoshop editing some RAW images and it handled it completely fine. So I'd say it would be fine for your needs at the moment, however If I was going to keep my computer for 4-5 years I'd go for the discrete GPU model tho.

    Hope I could help. Thanks:D

  4. kronosqq macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2012
    I have similar worries about Iris Pro on the base model, have you by any chance done any gaming while on integrated only?
  5. Bradf50 macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2013
    Don't do much gaming on my laptop mate, sorry I can't really help you there.:eek:

    There's a thread comparing integrated vs discrete. Here

    EDIT: All I can really say so far is... using integrated only for a while doing tasks such as Photoshop, web browsing and watching videos etc it handles it as well as I could hope for. I haven't had any issues so far. Scrolling as I mentioned earlier is silky smooth.

    NOTE: My screen resolution is set to 1680 x 1050 if that helps.

    Thanks, Brad.:D
  6. mamon343 macrumors member


    Feb 12, 2010
    North America
    What you mean by 1680x1050? Doesn't it run at 2800x1800?
  7. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    The 15-inch has a native resolution of 1440x900, and you can go up from there. If the display actually ran at its actual resolution of 2800x1800, then things would be incredibly small.
  8. Bradf50 macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2013
    Yeah thats what the scaled resolution is set at. Running 2880 x 1800 native would be unusable pretty much.:)

  9. Nismo73 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2013
    Can you give some numbers on your cpu temperature while just using integrated? Notice a difference when gpu is turned on? ty

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