How Capable is the 13" Duo Core Processor?

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  1. Sully macrumors regular

    Sully

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    In my quest to maximize value for money spent I've started looking at the 13" models. I had thought I'd stick to the 15" as a way to future proof a computer I'm going to keep for years to come.

    I see the tech world moving to intense graphics for almost everything. So, while I may not fully use the dGPU or quad core functionality today, I'm wondering if I should by it now for future proofing. Plus, for the money, it seems like the 15" provides more value if portability isn't a primary consideration.

    I'm not doing video editing or 3D modeling. But, I do run a variety of graphically intense trading software and multiple monitors.
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    I'd stick with the 15" if budget allows. Not only do you have a dGPU but you have a considerably more powerful CPU. It's a much more capable machine overall when considering longevity and hardware performance.
     
  3. Sully thread starter macrumors regular

    Sully

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    Thanks. That's what I've been thinking. But, I keep trying to find a way to avoid biting the bullet and getting the more expensive one.
     
  4. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Define graphically intense software on trading... Most of those graphs can easily be handled by a Dual Core CPU.
     
  5. xraydoc macrumors 604

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    Graphically intense how? Just because there's a lot of "stuff" on the screen does not necessarily mean it's taxing (or even using) the dGPU. Simple pie charts/line graphs aren't going to tax the GPU in any significant way - they'll likely be all CPU-based most likely (as is Excel). And unless you've got a hundred graphs constantly changing on screen, I suspect additional processor cores won't help too much.
     
  6. myscrnnm macrumors 65816

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    If you're running multiple monitors I would highly recommend getting the 15". I believe the 13" MBPs can only drive one external monitor using the integrated graphics.
     
  7. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - It can drive two 4K displays at 60 Hz. And probably four 1080p displays if you want.
     
  8. myscrnnm macrumors 65816

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    Ah, my mistake. I was thinking of the 5120x2880@60Hz output.
     
  9. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Hah. Yes, then it's indeed only one display.
     

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