OS X Considering a rMbp with only Iris Pro

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  1. Ohrstrom macrumors 6502

    Ohrstrom

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    Is there anything specific to take into account regarding the fact that its only got a integrated gnu? Previously some games has required a dedicated gpu to play, is that a non issue these days?

    What about memory? Can you dedicate more memory to it if you get 16Gb for example?

    Anything else to consider?

    Diablo III is my primary objective, perhaps some borderlands 2... Opinions? I have a few days to decide or Ill probably put it off for an extended time, I have a chance for a very good price atm.

    Appreciate your input.
     
  2. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    OS X allocates vRAM dynamically up to a certain amount. You cannot change it.

    If you want to see how it performs, there are dozens of gameplay videos on Youtube.
     
  3. christarp macrumors 6502

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    I'm playing diablo 3 just fine on my 13" (intel 5100), so I imagine the 15" with the pro (5200) will play it even better.

    It's all about the settings you choose really. On lowish - medium settings I can stay pretty well around 40-50 fps (this is at 1680x1050), and even in big fights I don't feel like I'm ever dropping below 30.
     
  4. Cougarcat macrumors 604

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    How long do you expect you'll keep the machine? I'd get the high end model if you can afford it, especially if you plan to keep it for more than two years. Game requirements will take a leap when we start seeing more next-gen only games come out.

    For the games that you mentioned though, the iris pro will be more than enough.
     
  5. thekev macrumors 604

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    You could save money going with a 2012 with the 650m. It's the same chip as the 750m clocked lower, and you will still be ahead of iris pro for less money.
     
  6. Ohrstrom thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Im planning to decrease the amount of gaming I do, and I like having retina and an SSD, so the low end Mbp from late 2013 sounds the most interesting to me. I cannot afford the high end one.
     
  7. monokitty macrumors regular

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    The entry-level, current-generation rMBP 15" is around ~$1700 on refurb, making it even cheaper than the $2K you may be expecting to spend. For D3 and BL2, the entry-level rMBP will be fine and it doesn't sound like you're planning to get into many newer games going forward.
     
  8. loybond macrumors regular

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    Are you planning on doing anything in Premiere Pro or other CS6 programs? Cuz they like Nvidia GPUs for acceleration. Makes a very significant difference in Premiere Pro and After Effects.

    Personally, I wouldn't want to spend nearly 2k without a dedicated GPU.
     
  9. Ohrstrom thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is there a way to find refurbs that are available for pickup in NYC, or do I need to order them online always? Im just in town for a few days.
     
  10. Cougarcat macrumors 604

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    You have to order it online, but you can have it get sent to an Apple store. Might take longer than a few days, though.
     

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