Couple quick questions before purchase

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Knowimagination, Jun 19, 2015.

  1. Knowimagination macrumors 68000

    Knowimagination

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    So I am getting ready to get into podcasting, and also just recently got a gopro hero 4 black and want to be able to edit some 4k video as well as do the audio editing for my podcast etc. Best Buy has a great deal on the 13.3" 2.9 with 8GB of ram and 512 HD. My questions are is this enough for what I am wanting to do, and down the line can I upgrade ram or is it now soldered and I will be stuck with the 8GB?
     
  2. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    Hi,

    The RAM is soldered, so consider what you may want or need in the future as well. You may also want a quad-core CPU (therefore consider a 15'' model) for a more fluid 4k editing experience. The 2.9 modern dual core could handle it, but you'd get a much better experience out of a quad - especially for such high quality footage edits.

    I hope this helps.
     
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    This is great advice.
     
  4. Knowimagination thread starter macrumors 68000

    Knowimagination

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    Thanks that is very helpful. I should note that I may not be shooting in 4k much but I want something that is at least capable of handling it. I will most likely shoot in 1080p the majority of the time. Thanks again.
     
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    All the latest rMBP's can handle 4K, but the dual cores and lesser graphics in the 13 inch version will be a fair bit slower to render etc maybe taking 2x as long as the 15 inch.
     
  6. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    In this case, I'm confident that the 2.9 i7 can at least handle editing 4K - and if you're willing to have a less fluid experience in comparison to a quad-core CPU for the times that you will in fact be editing in 4K, it should have no trouble at all with HD or FHD (720-1080p). It will still be a snappier experience on a quad, however.
     
  7. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    The 2.9 is an i5 and not an i7 not that it probably matters in the grand scheme of things. You can upgrade it at purchase to a 3.1 dual core i7 which probably isn't worth it any way. I chose to go with the base configuration of that model but then I don't run any VM's or do any video, audio or photo editing either.
     
  8. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    The minor performance boost from the i7 isn't worth the extra cash the upgrade will cost.
     

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