MacBook Pro "Custom" or Standard Quad-Core...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Trhodezy, May 9, 2012.

  1. Trhodezy macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2010
    Hey there guys.

    So I'm looking into replacing my iMac & MacBook Air for a powerful MBP; it will be used for FCP (although not hugely intensive) video editing and music recording (in my project studio - and not at the same time). >NOTHING ELSE, NOT EVEN BROWSING<

    Now, it's not just a simple choice like most people have when talking about "new" MBP's.

    I'm looking at getting one of the following:

    13" Early-2011, 2.7GHz, 16GB RAM, i7 with a SSD (with Lion installed) and the standard 500GB HDD. (Yes, I know.. no Optical Drive..) \

    (Note: I am considering getting the Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive, I'd like to know if anyones used it or what their opinion is on it?)


    15" Mid-2011 (July time?) 2.2GHz, 4GB RAM, i7 Quad-Core with 500GB HDD.

    Now the prices I can get for them are:

    13" £850-£950
    15" £1,100 - £1,250

    My questions are simply; what would you pick (for what I am doing), would the 13" do the job?, any thoughts in general?

    All help is greatly appreciated,

    - T
  2. Kasalic macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2011
    The 13" i7 is a dual core variant AFAIK. Given that the tasks you will be doing would benefit from a quad core i7 I'd suggest the 15" models.
  3. shardey macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2010
    You would benefit more from the quad core 15" as it has more processing power as well as a dedicated video card for better video editing (depends on resolution).

    I think the 13" may be able to use 16gb of ram but for sure the 15" can. Also the 15" has a better resolution and you could even get the hi res model with antiglare.
  4. Trhodezy thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2010
    Thank's very much guys! I've decided to go with the Quad-croe.
  5. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011

    Correct in that both can take 16gb, but some of the 15's can take 32gb once the DIMM's hit the market.

    And given the price drops on SSD I wouldn't consider a hybrid drive. That said, depends on what your storage needs are and whether indeed the ODD is going away and if the space will be usable for a second hard drive.
  6. shardey macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2010
    Are you sure that the motherboards even support 32 gb? I would understand if there were 4 slots.
  7. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    It's all about the chipset, so yes if they made 16GB SODIMMs, we could use 32GB on the higher end configuration models.
  8. jdwagner888 macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2011
    What kind of tasks really require 32gb of ram?
  9. Medic278 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2012
    New York
    I have the dual core i7 MBP with an intel 520 SSSD and 8GB or RAM and it runs photoshop cs5 and Final Cut pro just fine. It can handle the programs that you want to use. The only drawback is there is no dedicated graphics. That being said the 13 should be able to do what you need if you properly outfit it!
  10. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    I run server OS's in VM's and can bang the 16gb limitation. I can see 32 given certain usage patterns.. I think it's a stretch, but someone's bound to do it. I'd consider them the exception and not the general rule tho.
  11. jdwagner888 macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2011
    Dang that is alot! lol Pretty crazy how much a computer can handle now compared to a decade ago.

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