Benefits of Haswell for Intense Image Editing ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by LeoThe3rd, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. LeoThe3rd macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2009
    Hi everyone,

    I currently own a 2011 Macbook Air (i5, 4GB), and looking to upgrade to a 15" rMBP (2.7gh, 16GB).
    The reason for the upgrade is mainly for image processing purposes - I'm looking for a smooth workflow with Nikon D800's Raw files, which are too heavy for my current computer.

    I'm basically wondering: is the upcoming rMBP refresh (Haswell) going to provide a big increase in performance for image processing purposes? Note that I don't game, don't care about battery life and will be perfectly satisfied with the current (maxed out) rMBP.
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    There is a good review here comparing the 2013 MBA (with Haswell) to previous models, and as you can see in the tests/graphs, there is not much difference in most operations in the Air Haswell version. Like you mentioned, it is more about battery life.

    I suspect we will see the same pattern with the Haswell Retina update. JMO
  3. PeterJP macrumors 6502


    Feb 2, 2012
    Leuven, Belgium
    If Apple decides to use the same strategy for the rMBP as for the airs, then yes. If they don't decide to use processors with much lower clock speed, the speed could go up a lot while only slightly improving battery life. These are so-called 'pro' computers, so the choices made by apple could be different than for their ultraportables.

    In any case, calculations benefitting from a faster gpu will do better on machines without dgpu.

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