how good is the 2011 MBP at Multitasking?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mark28, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    Can someone do these tests.

    1. 2 x WoW ( maximum graphics at 1680 x 1050 for both games ofcourse ) + Logic 9 ( random projects of 15 tracks for example ) + Parralels 6 running Windows 7 + minor programs running
    2. 2 x WoW ( again maximum graphics ) + Logic 9 ( some random project of 15 tracks for example )+ watching 1080p blu ray movie + Firefox 4.0 with youtube and random sites + minor programs running

    Does it get a bit choppy or not?
  2. LeeTom macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    that's gonna be hard...
  3. mark28 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    you can rip it to mkv file or whatever and play it on your MBP, but it should be a 1080p format for this test :p
  4. LeeTom macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
  5. NZed macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2011
    Canada, Eh?

    So? I bought some DVDs and since i dont want to take my 100+ collection around with me everywhere, i rip them to my mac and watch it on the go
  6. LeeTom macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    I was being funny, commenting on the fact that Macs won't play Blu-Ray discs, and if it's ripped then it's not... you know what? it's not funny if I have to explain it.
  7. eaf7s macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2009
    It depends on how many 2011 MBPs you purchase to run simultaneously.
  8. Apple 26.2 macrumors 6502a

    Apple 26.2

    Jan 1, 2011
    What up, 212?!
    Nice. Good Saturday morning humor.

    OP, most users won't be able to help...
  9. NZed macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2011
    Canada, Eh?

    Many users has the required software but may not want to waste their time with it... since they've got other things to do

    BTW, who would want to run WoW, Logic and Windows 7 via Parallels or VMWare at the same time??? Its not like you'll do it everyday.

    well i know there's at least someone but they just couldnt be bothered

    i get it
  10. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    Also, you didn't tell us which Mac we're supposed to benchmark for you... I tried it on a 2006 MacBook Pro and it was all fine. Except Wow only ran .0012 fps and Logic crashed when I opened my 2 track... Firefox worked fine though until I loaded a webpage than the whole MBP caught fire and I died.

    ps, heaven has *fast* internet.
  11. endless17 macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2011
    WTF kind of test is this? Should I spin the laptop 'round my finger while doing this to ensure its central balance point hasn't shifted?
  12. mark28, Mar 26, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2011

    mark28 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    I got 2 WoW accounts. So I sit AFK in battleground with 2 copies of WoW running at the same time and then I do other stuff in the meantime. :p ( the lazy way to collect honor points )

    I had to use Windows 7 with Parralels for something and it became painfully slow when I was also working in Logic 9 on a track.

    These are tests of situations where my 2010 15" MBP just didn't have enough power it seems :( Just wondering if a 2.2 or 2.3 ghz i7 15" 2011 MBP will be able to do these sort of things without a problem.
  13. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    A newer quad core machine will do it better, but without a problem is quite a stretch.

    16GB ram much?
  14. room271 macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2011
    No expert but I don't think the new macbook pros can really handle that kind of multitasking (maybe the top-end models?).

    I'm guessing you don't want/can't buy a desktop? And also, guessing that you want to stick with macs? Because my natural suggestion would be that if you are working that intensively to buy a souped up desktop.
  15. bubbacaster macrumors newbie


    Mar 25, 2011
    Rocky Mountains
    Having 4 real cores and 8 virtual cores is a definite help when you need to do a lot of heavy multitasking. It *should* do notably better than the previous dual-core systems. But if you start up all that stuff at the same time, you'd better expect the cooling fans to be roaring. And load up on all the RAM you can get your hands on...
  16. deeesea macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2010
    so defensive...
  17. Blipp macrumors 6502

    Mar 14, 2011
    What the hell could you possibly be doing in Logic, Win 7 and 2 WoW sessions simultaneously? Those are some pretty steep (and unnecessary) expectations for a low end MBP. Try a MacPro, it'll blow your sadistic and silly test out of the water and then some.
  18. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020


    Oct 1, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    Give me your wow login info and I'll be happy to test for you haha. I'm sure the quad would multitask this okay if you lower fps on the backgrounded wow to min. I had some multitasking lag just having sc2 at 1680x1050 at med/high settings on my 2010 i7. hope you can find someone to get somewhere near this multitasking favor.
  19. TomCondon macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2010
    My question is why he wants WOW on max graphics for it to be minimized, does he just want to make it an impassable test?
  20. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    Because he wants to be able to cheat on 2 accounts at once, but doesn't want to reset the graphical settings when he actually does play properly.
  21. NZed macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2011
    Canada, Eh?
    i have to ask you how often do you do that?

  22. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    lol, funniest post of the day.

    Seriously though, two WOW open at the same time?
  23. jvmxtra macrumors 65816


    Sep 21, 2010
    If you are home, I suggest you get a tv where you can watch movies in background while playing some game on your laptop. MBP will overheat to no end and I don't want to unnecessarily abuse my mbp. If you can afford MBP, you can afford tv.

    If you are at hotel, you only have one screen so choose (movie or game?)

    What the hell is the point of having all 3 unrelated yet intense programs running at sametime anyway?
    You can't watch movie and play game and look at some project all at once..

    I would call multitasking as

    1)running multiple browser
    2)running multiple programs that are related: running photoshop and dreamweaver and flash
    3)running either eclipse and xcode
    4)running itunes
    5)parallel to run another os
    6)IM client
    7)running some company specific software

    Then, yeah, it handles it nicely.

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