macbook pro+ACD vs. iMac+mbp

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ian1285, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. ian1285 macrumors newbie

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    hello everyone, need help on my next buy.

    late 2011 15-inch mbp 2.4 + 27-inch ACD vs 27-inch iMac 3.1 + discounted early 2011 13-inch mbp 2.3 (less $100)?

    1. i'm into photography and video editing - (will use machine mainly for this)
    2. also would like to use bootcamp for games (2k12, cod, rage, dirt3)
    3. i do travel from time to time that's why i need a portable laptop as well

    *how's the graphics when you play these games using 15inch mbp 2.4 + ACD? is it just like playing it in an iMac 3.1? really have no clue... :confused:

    thanks in advance everyone :)
     
  2. Kendo macrumors 68000

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    I think it will be annoying juggling between two different machines. I'd probably go with the first option considering the MacBook Pro is a "pro" machine and plenty powerful for all of your needs. And you have convenience of having a "desktop" when you attach it to the Thunderbolt Display.
     
  3. dlimes13 macrumors 6502a

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    That is exactly what I'm doing and it's perfect. Powerful top-of-the-line MacBook Pro w/ portability, and basically an iMac (Thunderbolt Display) at home. Another note is have the portable an Anti-Glare screen since the Thunderbolt is glossy, so best of both worlds there also.

    Plus, no managing 2 computers. Huge plus.
     
  4. ian1285 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i thought so too... i was wondering, when you connect your mbp with the 27inch cinema display, is it like you're using an iMac 27 inch? in terms of the performance like speed and also the quality of the graphics.

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    hi have you tried playing games using bootcamp (dirt3, cod, starcraft) how's the performance? is it just like you're playing in an iMac 27 inch?
     
  5. Kendo macrumors 68000

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    It will be the same in terms of everything except gaming. It won't have the same gaming performance since the MacBook Pro has a 6750M and the iMac has a 6970M which is much more powerful.

    I wouldn't be so hung up on the gaming aspect though. You can easily buy a separate gaming PC and hook that up to the ACD.
     
  6. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

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    How do you expect a MBP to suddenly have the power of an iMac simply because it's connected to an external display?

    I mean, seriously?
     
  7. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    You can be a bit kinder about this. Not everyone is a computer expert.

    ian1285: No, an MBP with a 27-inch display won't run as well as the iMac - it has both a slower CPU and a slower GPU. If you're looking to game quite a bit, I'd go with the iMac/MBP combo, but if gaming isn't your primary concern, I'd do the MBP/27-inch display.
     
  8. ian1285 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Really appreciate it, thanks a lot :) Please correct me if I'm wrong so basically the faster gpu is essential for gaming? So if most of the time I'm editing photos in cs5 or editing videos in final cut pro x the high end 15 inch mbp is more than enough to do the job?
     
  9. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    It depends on if you think medium settings are acceptable or if you're someone who prefers to maximize everything and still get 60+ FPS. If the former, the MBP should be fine; if the latter, you'll want the iMac. Otherwise, sure, the MBP will certainly be good enough for FCPX and Photoshop.
     
  10. Kendo, Oct 25, 2011
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    Kendo macrumors 68000

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    Only the ultimate iMac configuration performs a little higher than the top of the line MacBook Pro but the 15" models pretty much smokes even the mid-range iMacs when it comes to regular tasks. And even more amazing, the MacBook Pro benchmarks below are from the February 2011 release and not the recent updated release!

    When it comes to graphics though, the MBP doesn't compare to the iMac. That 6970M is much more powerful.

    http://www.macrumors.com/2011/02/25/new-macbook-pro-benchmarks-show-massive-improvement/

    http://www.macrumors.com/2011/05/06...ormance-improvement-over-previous-generation/
     
  11. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    I'd do the MBP with an SSD and a 3rd party monitor. $1000 for a glossy monitor is unnecessarily expensive.
     
  12. Mackilroy, Oct 25, 2011
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    Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    I was assuming that since he mentioned gaming he would be going for a higher-end model, but you make a good point nonetheless.
     

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