Macbook Pro 2011 and the 2012 revision?

Ryukouki

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Hey,

I have a buddy whos interested in getting the 2012 MBP. He loved mine and wants to know if the new one is considered better performance wise. Based on your experiences, is having an Intel HD Graphics 4000 a good step up in terms of performance compared to the Intel 3000? He plans to dump cash into a SSD and an 8GB RAM upgrade so how would that affect the 2012 MBP's performance?
 

jav6454

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Well, the Intel HD 4000 is quite better than the Intel HD3000. An SSD will significantly boost load times for applications and boot time for the OS. As far as RAM, this means he'll have more applications open without slowing down due to swaping (not that it matters, as the swap is the SSD); however, the main thing is that applications will be much more responsive.

However, all of this is application dependent.
 

Ryukouki

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Well, the Intel HD 4000 is quite better than the Intel HD3000. An SSD will significantly boost load times for applications and boot time for the OS. As far as RAM, this means he'll have more applications open without slowing down due to swaping (not that it matters, as the swap is the SSD); however, the main thing is that applications will be much more responsive.

However, all of this is application dependent.
Heh, thats good to hear. Any terms of how much the 4000 will boost compared to the 3000? He's looking to do some basic gaming on the go.
 

jav6454

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I can't really say specifically how much better because that will vary from game to game. However, if anything, the nVidia GTX650M will kick in instead of the Intel IGP. Assuming you get the 15".
 

w00t951

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First, the Intel HD4000 can play Crysis Warhead at 1650x900. Respectable, but I'd spring for the 15" with 1GB of video RAM.

Second, it's the NVIDIA GT650M, not the GTX.
 

jav6454

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First, the Intel HD4000 can play Crysis Warhead at 1650x900. Respectable, but I'd spring for the 15" with 1GB of video RAM.

Second, it's the NVIDIA GT650M, not the GTX.
Matters not as the nVidia card will take over gaming, not the HD4000. OP, make sure your buddy buys the 15" Pro at least if he wants good gaming experience.
 

Lynn Belvedere

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Matters not as the nVidia card will take over gaming, not the HD4000. OP, make sure your buddy buys the 15" Pro at least if he wants good gaming experience.
Seems like he's specifically asking about the 13".

USB 3.0 is the biggest upgrade over the 2011, imo.
 

Ryukouki

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Oh! Then yeah, the HD4000 will do for modern games under basic to mid-level settings.

Older games will play just fine.



Side Note: I always confuse your user name with Rikudo, don't know why.... :p
I'm just reporting for him. Just a messenger. He's a bit silly, claiming he wants the best gaming stuff yet he skimps out on a 15, but willing to buy an SSD and a RAM upgrade. Silly silly guy. :p
 

hellstorm12345

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If your friend is serious about gaming on the laptop, he should really consider saving the SSD and RAM upgrade costs on a base 2012 MPB 15. Even a refurbished late 2011 base MPB 15.4 at 1359 would be a much more pleasant gaming experience.