Mac Pro 5.1 2012 vs MacBook Pro Retina 2014 in terms of performance

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  1. sdacha, May 6, 2015
    Last edited: May 6, 2015

    sdacha macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2011
    Hi everyone!
    Screaming for advice!
    I'm into heavy photo post-processing. Mostly Lightroom and PS CS 6 (batch stuff, actions, layers etc). The 24 Mpix of my D750 is kicking sh@t out of my MC700 (i5/8/SSD). Start editing in lightroom - and in 30 seconds come fans at max throttle (85 C, 7-8K RPM). I'm sick and tired of this.
    My tasks are heavy photo editing, maybe some video-editing, no games.
    I have two alternatives.

    First is MacPro 5.1 pre-owned, 2*Quad-Core Xeon 2.4 GHz, 32 RAM etc. It's a big upgradeable beast, slightly outdated though (no USB 3.0 etc).
    The second is Apple MacBook Pro 15 with Retina display Mid 2014 MGXA2 (Core i7 2200 Mhz/15.4"/2880x1800/16.0Gb/256Gb/Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth). Can't afford a more expensive and powerful one.
    Can't afford the 2013 Mac Pro neither.
    I already have a ACD27''.
    What i need:
    1. High performance at LR PS etc.
    2. No (or minimum) noise and heating.
    3. No MAJOR upgrades in 3-4 years from now.

    Which one is the best here? No iMacs please, don't like em at all.
  2. sdacha thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2011
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013

    An Imac is your best choice for that workload, so I'll get that out of the way.

    The macbook pro will be fine not the fastest but pretty damn good.

    Nothing wrong with the Mac pro either. If you need portability at all you have little option. If not the Mac pro will be a faster machine for rendering and other such processes. Although they are fairly similar on geekbench scores.

    I have no idea what you mean by no major updates in 3-4 years. All technology gets better and quickly the Mac pro is already superceded and has some out of date technology in it. And the macnook pro retina has been out for 3 years now so thats hardly the newest design etc either.

    Also if you want to use external storage I'd reccomend a GPU upgrade with USB 3 and thunderbolt for it.

    Lastly if you want to use 4K screens now or in the near future it needs to be a consideration, I don't think the Mac pro will run one without a major graphics card upgrade.
  4. sdacha, May 7, 2015
    Last edited: May 7, 2015
  5. CubeHacker macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    In apps that are able to use all the cores - yes. Photoshop is able to take advantage of multiple cores for most heavy rendering tasks, so you should see a good speed up there.

    I would recommend the Mac Pro. Its more upgradeable in the long run and will likely be faster. If you don't need the portability of a laptop, it seems like the better option, especially since you already have a 27" ACD.

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