MacBook Pro for running Logic?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Crugga, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. Crugga macrumors regular

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    Right about 2 months ago my 2010 Macbook pro died due to motherboard failure, ive been making do with a cheap laptop but now want a new one.
    I want to run Logic + I have a fair few more pluggins(all legal). As well as running typical office apps, internet, uttorrent, imessage etc however I dont want to be shutting apps all the time.

    I guess what i'm wondering is would people go for a 13"/512gb/16gb or a 15"/256gb/8gb?

    Storage space and screen size is not a major issue for me but its more the extra ram vs quad core thing im curious about.
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

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    I'd say the 15" MBP. When it comes to recording LP 9 was more CPU-heavy than RAM-heavy when it came to plugins. The quad-core CPUs in the 15" rMBPs are exclusively designed for Apple and you won't see them in any other OEM laptop -- the performance is just under a desktop i7.

    Obviously the more RAM the better for recording, but in terms of latency and plugins you'll see more benefit with a quad-core CPU than a dual-core. After all, if you run out of RAM, it'll write to the hard-drive. If you run out of CPU resources, the program will hiccup.
     
  3. Crugga thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for that.
    After thinking about it I may just try and pull in a bit more money from somewhere and get the 512/16gb.
    I know they are not really user upgradeable so its probably better to be skint for a month and get the better machine now.
     
  4. MiesVanDerRobot macrumors member

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    This is the way I went and I haven't been disappointed. It's a tough decision to make because once you have the version with more cores and more RAM you'll never experience the version with less. You won't get a lot of opportunities to pat yourself on the back, but trust me, you should.

    You're not going to have 100 Flash-running tabs open in Safari at the same time you are recording in Logic, nor are you going to be post-processing an HD movie in the background at the same time, but Logic does run smooth as butter with all of my Launchbar, iTerm, Evernote, etc. "always-on" apps running. Rewire, lots of plug-ins....no problem.

    Compared to my previous MBP with 4gb of RAM, it's spectacular.
     
  5. Crugga thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah thanks for that.

    I just thought about it, i'm on it 12 hours a day 5 days a week so whether for work or music why not own the best I can?.
    And actually the faster the machine the more work I get done(as in work that pays the rent).
     
  6. Crugga thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just ordered.
    Relatively reputable Ebay seller.
    Early 2013 15"retina 2.7 quadcore/512gb flashdrive/16gb ram. £1479.
    Seller was surprisingly game for a bit of haggling via best offers.

    For a bit earlier I did consider getting a Mac Mini and going the route of maxing that out with ssd and ram, getting monitor, trackpad, keyboard etc and it came surprising near in price.

    Gasping.
     

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