Buying advice, rMBP 15"

rajjejosefsson

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I'm thinking of buying a 15 inch macbook pro, and was wondering which one to choose.
intend to use it for image editing.


2.0GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.2 GHz
8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
256GB PCIe-based flash storage

8 GB or 16 GB of SDRAM?


or what do you prefer?
 

maflynn

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I'd say given the lack of detail in your post, just that you edit images. I'd recommend 8GB. I'm not trying to be coy, but you can be a light photoshop user who could get by with less ram, or a professional who is a heavy PS user who opens up a large number of huge images at once.

At this stage of the game I'd say if you were going to upgrade anything, I'd go with the SSD, as I think the ram will be fine for now and the foreseeable future.
 

rajjejosefsson

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I'd say given the lack of detail in your post, just that you edit images. I'd recommend 8GB. I'm not trying to be coy, but you can be a light photoshop user who could get by with less ram, or a professional who is a heavy PS user who opens up a large number of huge images at once.

At this stage of the game I'd say if you were going to upgrade anything, I'd go with the SSD, as I think the ram will be fine for now and the foreseeable future.

Right now I mostly use lightroom, and my photos are in raw format. also uses photoshop.
but are not professional yet.

but i want the computer for a good while to come, too, so it is enough 8gb then? for hard drives, I have external.
 

Marty62

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I only do "light" image editing but like to have several programs "open" at
once, including iTunes/Youtube video's/Logic Pro9.

I have 8Gb RAM and often see well over 6Gb in use.

Works for me but perhaps 16Gb would be useful as you edit RAW files.

Just my 2 C's.

Martin.
 

yjchua95

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I'm thinking of buying a 15 inch macbook pro, and was wondering which one to choose.
intend to use it for image editing.


2.0GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.2 GHz
8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
256GB PCIe-based flash storage

8 GB or 16 GB of SDRAM?


or what do you prefer?
How long are you going to keep it?

Perhaps this thread may assist you: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1686227

Also, note that if you match the processor, RAM and SSD of the Iris-only model to that of the Iris+750M model, they both have exactly the same price. So the GT750M is like a free upgrade.
 

rajjejosefsson

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How long are you going to keep it?

Perhaps this read may assist you: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1686227

Also, note that if you match the processor, RAM and SSD of the Iris-only model to that of the Iris+750M model, they both have exactly the same price. So the GT750M is like a free upgrade.

About 5 years i think.
Have been looking at this setup

Intel Core i7 / 2.0 GHz
15,4" Retina
8or16 GB RAM / 256 GB flash
its 450$ more then to get the expensive one here in Sweden . If i take 16 gb ram on the cheap one
 

maflynn

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I only do "light" image editing but like to have several programs "open" at
once, including iTunes/Youtube video's/Logic Pro9.

I have 8Gb RAM and often see well over 6Gb in use.

Works for me but perhaps 16Gb would be useful as you edit RAW files.

Just my 2 C's.

Martin.
you may only do light editing but you're using some intensive apps as well, Logic Pro and PS :)

About 5 years i think.
Have been looking at this setup

Intel Core i7 / 2.0 GHz
15,4" Retina
8or16 GB RAM / 256 GB flash
its 450$ more then to get the expensive one here in Sweden . If i take 16 gb ram on the cheap one
If you're going to keep it 5 years then I'd change my recommendation from 8 to 16 as that's going further out into the future and we don't know what that is. I still say based on your needs 8gb should be enough but if you're looking to hold on to this for a while, maxing it out isn't a bad idea.
 

rajjejosefsson

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you may only do light editing but you're using some intensive apps as well, Logic Pro and PS :)


If you're going to keep it 5 years then I'd change my recommendation from 8 to 16 as that's going further out into the future and we don't know what that is. I still say based on your needs 8gb should be enough but if you're looking to hold on to this for a while, maxing it out isn't a bad idea.
Okey thanks, i'll go for 16 and i usually have many tabs up and programs at the same time.

does this look okey for me? 2,0 is enough?

2,0 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
16 GB 1600 MHz
256 GB PCIe-
Intel Iris Pro Graphics
 

yjchua95

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Okey thanks, i'll go for 16 and i usually have many tabs up and programs at the same time.

does this look okey for me? 2,0 is enough?

2,0 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
16 GB 1600 MHz
256 GB PCIe-
Intel Iris Pro Graphics
It should be enough.

Note: If you match the processor, RAM and SSD on the Iris-only with the Iris+750M model, they're both priced identically.
 

rajjejosefsson

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It should be enough.

Note: If you match the processor, RAM and SSD on the Iris-only with the Iris+750M model, they're both priced identically.
Okey thanks! but my setup is best for me and pricetag then, thanks for the help evreyone
 

Qaanol

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How much space do these RAW image files take up? You might find 256 GB mighty slim one you start offloading pictures from your camera.
 

augustya

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Okey thanks, i'll go for 16 and i usually have many tabs up and programs at the same time.

does this look okey for me? 2,0 is enough?

2,0 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
16 GB 1600 MHz
256 GB PCIe-
Intel Iris Pro Graphics
Same Dilemma I am in also !! Plan to Hold the 15' rMBP for a while I don't think SSD is so much of a problem considering if need be, you can always have an external one. RAM you cannot upgrade and I also have a lot of TABS, APPS, Programs open so going with a 16 GB of RAM that Makes sense right guys ? Even I was planning to go with a 2GHz Processor, but am thinking to upgrade the processor aswell to 2.3GHz do you think that would be required ? considering planning to hold it for a period of atleast 5 years aswell.
 

bjavor

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I was contemplating a 15" rMBP as well. I don't really want to hijack this thread, however as it is very similar I do not really want to open another one either...

Looking at the buyer's guide, it currently says that the rMBP is "approaching the end if a cycle"... Personally I don't think the October release was so long ago, but of course it might be annoying to buy one now only to get an update in a month or so. On the other hand, if you are always worried about that then you will never buy anything...

So I guess, what I'd like to ask is what you think the likelyhood is that a refreshed rMBP if and whenever that happens, could contain anything truely interesting beyond the ususal slight CPU etc. bump?
 

rajjejosefsson

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i'll go for the 2.0, Can not be that much difference to the next one?
Will place the order later today so i can get it next week. This is the most expensive computer I bought, so i cant be disappointed i hope!

Which router is the preferred one? i have a old Thomson TG712 now. got 20Mbps internet
 
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The Clark

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I have the low end rMBP late 2013 and I've downloaded tons of heavy applications from Final Cut pro, to photoshop all while browsing and listening to music from iTunes, and I gotta say, for the extra few hundred it really doesn't seem just to spend that when the step below will suffice for your needs.
 

maflynn

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16GB is the best because I had 8GB 2012 rMBP, I opened several apps leaving 3GB free. :apple:
Unlike windows, free ram is wasted ram, OSX does a great job at managing its resources. The key metric to observe is page-ins, the number of times OSX has to read the disk for memory pages that were swapped out.
 

Badrottie

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Uh ! So if you are saying you had 3 GB of RAM always free ? why are you suggesting others to go for 16 GB RAM ? :rolleyes:
Well I don't know much about MBP and I thought 8GB seems enough when I had 2GB Windows 7 desktop I opened Adobe CS5 and other programs. So 2GB seems ok with Windows desktop so when I was told they would offered me a rMBP base model 8GB seems plenty and I opened several CS6 apps along with FCPX and other programs leaving 3GB space for more apps to open. :apple:

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Unlike windows, free ram is wasted ram, OSX does a great job at managing its resources. The key metric to observe is page-ins, the number of times OSX has to read the disk for memory pages that were swapped out.
Thank you..Coming from many years of Windows PC desktop I don't know much about MBP memory management works. I am learning a bit about what Page in and out mean and other things. So Apple memory management is far superior than Windows PC? :apple:
 

k-hawinkler

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I'm thinking of buying a 15 inch macbook pro, and was wondering which one to choose.
intend to use it for image editing.


2.0GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.2 GHz
8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
256GB PCIe-based flash storage

8 GB or 16 GB of SDRAM?


or what do you prefer?

I just got a refurbished loaded 15" rMBP late 2013.
Saved $600 USD. Looks like new.
Everything working great, including its screen and a 9.5 year old ACD.

I got max memory and SSD so that the rMBP lasts 5 or 6 years.
 

augustya

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i just got a refurbished loaded 15" rmbp late 2013.
Saved $600 usd. Looks like new.
Everything working great, including its screen and a 9.5 year old acd.

I got max memory and ssd so that the rmbp lasts 5 or 6 years.

acd ??
 

koban4max

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I'm thinking of buying a 15 inch macbook pro, and was wondering which one to choose.
intend to use it for image editing.


2.0GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.2 GHz
8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
256GB PCIe-based flash storage

8 GB or 16 GB of SDRAM?


or what do you prefer?
16 gb ram and 500gb ssd.