GT650m Retina vs Non Retina.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by icecoldart, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. icecoldart macrumors member

    icecoldart

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    Hello there folks, i'm still debating o which one to buy, but i'd like to wait and read the reviews of new imac's too before pulling the trigger.

    I know that there are 2 versions of GT650M that are installed in the non retina macbook pro's. One has 512 MB and the second one has 1GB of ram.

    Now i know that retina's one has higher clock rates than the cMBP. So I wonder if people who also do run windows on their machines could install 3D Mark 11 or vantage, run a few tests and post the results in this thread.

    I'd like to know how much crippled the non retina versions are compared to their faster brother or sister... :)

    So post results of non retina and retina GT650m here.


    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. icecoldart thread starter macrumors member

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  3. UBS28 macrumors 6502a

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    The retina is too slow. Even a 2010 MBP scrolls smoother in ML. Maybe the GPU with haswell will be powerful enough in 2013 Q1.

    So I'd say go for the non-retina. SSD prices have dropped a lot so you add one yourself for not alot of money :) If you need a really good screen, it's better to invest in an external display rather than a 15" laptop screen :p
     
  4. nontroppo macrumors 6502

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    I own both a 2010 15" cMBP and 2012 rMBP and this is not true in my experience.
     
  5. ibd macrumors member

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    You clearly have no clue what you're talking about. Look at any current game running on i7+kepler gpu. This combo is easily able to push huge amounts of data on screen. The bottleneck lies in software (i.e. os x and its drivers), as proven by the fact that even the rushed out first-gen update for rMBP resulted in much better fps. Unless apple optimizes their libraries, we won't see an improvement with Haswell.
     
  6. locoboi187 macrumors 6502a

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    Very true about the bottleneck. iGPU is capable of running much more than what the software is currently capable of.
     
  7. skitzogreg macrumors 6502

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    Anecdotal, but I used mine to play GW2 and, at time, SWTOR. Both games ran fine (40+ fps) with low-mid graphics.
     

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