How long can I expect a rMBP to be fast?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Belazor, Jul 19, 2014.

  1. Belazor macrumors member


    Jun 21, 2013
    So we're going to be picking up a rMBP for work, it'll be the ME294B/A 15-inch rMBP (i7 2.3GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB, 750M). I'll be using it to learn XCode as well as web development, most likely, and being a heavy multi-tasker I need it to be able to keep everything open without slowdown.

    As an example, here's what I have open right now (Windows, 16GB RAM): 4 explorer windows, skype, email, 41 Chrome tabs, 34 Firefox tabs, 5 Opera tabs, Sublime Text, FTP, Beyond Compare, XBMC, SSH client, iTunes, Steam, Twitter app, Facebook app, MySQL management.

    I expect to be able to maintain a similar workspace without having it lag to all hell. Is this a reasonable expectation, and how long would you say I could pull that off before needing an upgrade?

    Thanks in advance for any insight :)
  2. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    Your usage will not phase that macbook.
    Noone knows when an upgrade is needed.
    Id quess you are good for at least another 5years.
  3. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    None of those should phase it unless you hit severe memory leak issues somewhere.
  4. ourmountain macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2012
    What on earth could you ever need 80 web browser tabs open for? Let alone spread across three browsers? That seems absolutely absurd and excessive for anything.
  5. Belazor thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 21, 2013
    Glad to hear that, thanks :)

    - 15 tabs for work, current outstanding issues and other stuff I should be working on
    - 20 tabs for sites I visit regularly while working

    - 30 tabs for web development, various pages across 3 branches of vBulletin (3.8.x, 4.2.x and 5.1.x)

    - 5 tabs for work, testing pages in this browser
    - 10 tabs for various stuff related to the work purchases

    I prefer not to close tabs and have to re-find the site later, so I keep the tabs open until I'm sure they've lost their usefulness.
  6. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    Bookmarks might be an option...:)
  7. ourmountain macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2012
    There's this awesome feature called bookmarking. Might be worth checking out before buying an over spec'd computer just to handle your ridiculous number of browser tabs.
  8. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    Thats how its usually done :D

    the base macbook air can handle those tabs open with no problem. ;)
  9. Belazor thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 21, 2013
    I didn't realise that answering your question in a purely factual manner called for a sarcastic response, did I offend you in some way? If so, then I apologise.

    I don't want to use bookmarks because I prefer to see everything at a glance. If you disagree with this choice then that's your prerogative and I respect that, but I also expect you to remain civil and act like an adult when responding.

    Thank you :)
  10. ourmountain macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2012
    You're not my real dad. You can't tell me what to do.

    Seriously though, I'm not offended by your internet usage - it's no skin off my back if you want to use that kind of system. I was honestly just curious of what could possibly compel someone to use so many tabs. If you want to insist on avoiding an extremely easy to use feature like bookmarks and spend an extra thousand dollars on a computer to handle your browser use/abuse, go for it. I'm sure Apple won't have any issue taking your money. ;)
  11. capathy21 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2014
    Houston, Texas
    I'm just impressed that you can keep up with that many at once!
  12. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Well, if its all you do, it will always be fast. Browsers are becoming more efficient, sublime text and databases won't get any more resource intensive. It is a different thing of course should you upgrade your software at some point, or the performance characteristics of web application will change (which probably won't happen that soon — things like Angular and Ember are already as abstract as it gets).

    Its a different thing that, say, a Skylake with DDR4 will be much faster.


    I have over 100 tabs open on a regular basis, Safari can deal with it without any hiccups. When you are doing research, having dozens and dozens of websites open is crucial. And bookmarks are something entirely different. I'd rather have 100 tabs open than have 1000 unmanageable bookmarks.

    P.S. Having more tabs open does not require a more powerful computer. The RAM usage can go up slightly, but thats it. You still only need to process one single page at a time, with rare exceptions. It does require a well programmed browser and an OS with very good memory management.
  13. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm going to say nothing is going to be fast with 41 firefox tabs,41 chrome tabs. Anything will lilt under that situation.

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