Macbook Pro: Is it worth it?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Neotyguy40, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. Neotyguy40 macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2009
    About 2-3 months ago, I bought the mid-end Macbook (before it was renamed to pro).

    Sadly, it was less then 3 weeks when... Surprise! New Macbook Pros!

    I am upset that I have gotten this so close to the upgrade, but I was wondering if I should upgrade.

    If I do upgrade, it will be the mid-end 15 inch with a 128 GB SSD for a total of $2,299.

    I want to know whether or not I should upgrade. The only real difference would be the GPU, CPU, and an SSD instead of HDD. Also 2GB of more memory.

    It will be mostly for high graphics processing. I am a game designer, and I want to be able to run my game prototypes at high FPS.

    I could sell my current laptop for $1,400 at most, maybe $1,500 if someone gives me a good offer, and I have an extra $1,000 in my personal account. What should I do? Wait for the next generations in a year? Or buy this one right now...
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    I mean it's all a matter of need. If you can wait until sometime next winter...then wait.
  3. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
    A Macbook Pro is definitely worth it becase of the 7 hour battery life, ability to have up to 8GB of RAM, etc. If you need one now then get one.
  4. Sommer macrumors member

    May 24, 2009
    I would wait for sure! 1000$ is a lot of money for minor updates!
  5. scienide09 macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    Do you really need to upgrade?

    It seems to me that if you need the better performance of the MBP for graphics related work, you would have bought the one in the first place. Did you compare before your original purchase like you're doing now?
  6. Wotan31 macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2008
    Why the heck are you asking us? :confused: Only you will know whether your software development activities require faster hardware or not.
  7. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    A game developer asking about CPU upgrades and how it affects FPS. CPU DOES NOT AFFECT FPS. The graphic card does. And since the graphic card is still the same and can't share more than 256MB VRAM, a minor CPU upgrade and official support for 8GB memory won't squeeze more FPS. This is fail.
  8. boston44 macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2009
    Just wait.. Now that a new gen has arrived, your 3 month old mac won't lose much more value until the new ones come out. Plus, do you really need a new one if your's is only 3 months old? It's not as if it's outdated and falling apart..
  9. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    If I was concerned about performance I'd get a Mac Pro.
  10. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    I sure doubt you will get that much for it. I have been watching the uMB closely on eBay and they aint really selling.
  11. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    Pretty much every reason you gave for getting the 15" applied at the time you bought your macbook. The upgrade has not made that much difference. If you were finding that your macbook wasn't enough before the upgrade, I'd say get a new one. Otherwise stick with what you've got.
  12. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    +1. Or you could upgrade the ram up to 6 gigs, install your own ssd and buy a second battery for a heck of a lot less money.
  13. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. If your machine did what you wanted to before the upgrade, then keep it.
  14. TRAG macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2009
    Louisiana, USA
    Sometimes this gets overlooked. Coming from a 13.3" MacBook that you have to a 13.3" MacBook Pro, I can say that the greater battery life above everything is the best part. I used to get on average 3 1/2 hours of heavy Internet browsing, iTunes, and usually watching an .mp4 in the background; now I get at least 5 hours. 6 if I'm just surfing. The color gamut is also WAY better. You will notice it first time you boot. There are sure to be more comparison pictures on this site.
  15. zmttoxics macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2008
    You must be just starting out then. You will want the 15" Pro with 9600 discrete graphics if you want any sort of improvement. Both the 13" and 15" base models have the same 9400M shared graphics.

    Not 100% true. 3d matrices are calculated on the graphics card, yes, and that is where most of the work is. How ever, the CPU often does the physics calculations (I know thats changing) and other misc math which can impact game performance. Not to mention, memory and data I/O is controlled through the CPU which has a direct impact on everything.
  16. ButtUglyJeff macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2008
    New York. The state, not the toilet.
    You can easily upgrade the hard drive in your current Macbook.........

    .........I don't know if you can say that with the current batch of MBPs
  17. macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Only you know the answer.

    Honestly, as a game designer, you should know the technical ups and downs on the matter, too. If you're looking for justification from a bunch of forum members that mostly say GET IT!, specially since it's not their money, and that makes you feel better about it, then go for it. But you could have made the choice before you bought the macbook. Not much performance changed between the older unibody macbooks and the newer 13" macbook "Pro"s anyway. It also depends what kind of games you're developing, and I still wonder why you didn't consider this before. The macbooks are capable of quiet a lot since the went nvidia, too.

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