Base 15" or top spec 13 MBA vs Base 13MBP? for videos/photos/games

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Highlander-, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. Highlander- macrumors member

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    Hi,

    Just wondering how much better in 'reality', not just bench scores, the performance of the 15 inch MBP (not retina) will be over the 13 inch.

    I have the base 2012 13 inch MBP right now but rendering HD video seems slow - 3 hours to export a 8 minute 1080p HD .MOV clip.

    How much faster will a 15 inch MBP with the quad core i7 be for editing tasks like this?

    Would a MBA also be a faster option for video/photo application use? I know it has a slower processor than the 13MBP but apparently the MBA with its SSD makes it quicker for certain things...

    Any advice would be a great help. I have to decide today to either exchange/return this 13 MBP or perhaps keep it and just upgrade the RAM. But I feel this processor may be the downfall.
     
  2. Rmafive macrumors 6502

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    The quad core processor would be much faster for video editing and gaming. If you are doing a lot of powerful work, you should go with the more powerful computer!
     
  3. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    This, but it is so hard for me to justify a 15" b.c by time you upgrade the ram and ssd you could have bought the retina
     
  4. FastEddiebags macrumors 6502

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    You could have bought a base retina... The added ram and ssd would make it a little better than that except for the screen and weight.
    Base 15 is the way to go
     
  5. mattopotamus macrumors G5

    mattopotamus

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    the base retina would be about the exact same cost as upgraded ram and a 256 SSD in the 15" base. you get $200 off with a student discount and only $100 off the base 15"
     
  6. Rmafive macrumors 6502

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    Just buy what you can afford. If you can pay for a base retina, I would definitely go for that, as the SSD and screen would be great for video editing.
     
  7. Highlander- thread starter macrumors member

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    I wasn't considering the Base retina. I think my options are these:

    MacBook Pro
    15-inch: 2.3GHz Retina display
    $2,029.00

    MacBook Air with 256GB flash, 8GB Ram
    13-inch: 2.0 GHz
    $1,679.00

    MacBook Pro with anti-glare
    15-inch: 2.3GHz
    $1,819.00


    I don't do video editing very often. Mostly I need it for Photoshop, writing and web browsing. The Air looks the best one for me in terms of price. Canadian $ with education discount listed above.

    $2,029.00 for the base retina is a big leap for me considering I paid $1299 for the 13 MBP.

    Just wonder if the Air can handle photoshop and maybe some gaming in the future?
     

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