Mac Pro or MacBook Retina for Photoshop

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by gugy, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. gugy macrumors 68030

    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
    It's time to upgrade my MacPro and I am considering maybe jump on the MacBook Retina 15" instead.
    Most of my work is using Photoshop. Huge files and once in a while some After Effects animations.
    I currently have a 12 core 2011 Mac Pro and moving into the new Mac pro would be the normal transition. That said I wonder if I do need all the power or I can get away with the Retina. It all comes down to the cost. I read the 6 core is the sweat spot for Photoshop but it will end up costing me after upgrades in RAM and storage almost $2k more than the Retina max out on specs.

    I appreciate any feedback if some of you have been in this conundrum.
  2. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    If you need more than the 16 gigs of RAM, go with a Mac Pro.

    Otherwise a Retina Macbook Pro is a great option.

    If the rMBP does get outdated in 3 years, the money you save will help you upgrade early.
  3. gugy thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
    Yeah, the RAM is a good point. Photoshop craves it. My current machine has 24gb but I was looking at some point to go 48gb.
    I wish the rMBP could be upgraded for more than 16gb.
  4. austinpike macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2008
    Why do you feel the need to upgrade?

    The 6 core nMP (or retina macbook) would be a big step down from your 12-core for anything multi-threaded. Are you running SSDs in your current machine?
  5. h9826790 macrumors G4


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    Another choice for you. If you have $2K to spend around, you can get a pair or 3.46GHz CPU, 3x16G RAM, a SSD, and a better graphic card for your 2011 Mac Pro.
  6. MacVidCards Suspended

    Nov 17, 2008
    Hollywood, CA
    I have a rMBP.

    I love the thing but when I want to work on BIG stuff, the 12 Core MP with 4K display is a FAR better choice.

    I was laying out some graphics and working on some roms in Hexedit

    Doing either thing on rMBP was an exercise in frustration.

    And I did get the 16GB version of mid 2012 model. Great on trips or surfing on the couch, but when I want to get things done, I put it away.
  7. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    It depends on your workload. If you're heavily utilizing all 12 cores of your current Mac Pro, then you will have a hard time using any MBPr. Also, a Mac Pro offers lots of expansion with the 6 Thunderbolt 2 ports and 4 USB 3.0 ports (2 more than a MBPr) and also 4 RAM slots (64GB max I think?). A MBPr does not.

    For light to medium Photoshop, a MBPr will work. Anything that is more "pro" or your daily job, then I suggest you don't.

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