MBP 2.2 ghz or 2.5 ghz for editing? HELP!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by rony321, Aug 3, 2015.

  1. rony321 macrumors newbie

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    Hi!
    Im planning to buy a new Macbook Pro Retina 16g ram, core i7, 256g as a gift for my boyfriend.
    He is doing a lot of film editing and photoshop.
    I found a Certified
    Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel i7 with Retina Display on apples website for A$ 2,239.
    Is this gonna do it? Or do I need to get a 2.5 ghz for like A$2.800? I do not really know anything about this stuff so just want to make sure I get something that will last.

    I would really appreciate any advice.. Thanks! :)
     
  2. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    They'll both last as long as each other. Is a 10% reduction in processing times worth $600?
     
  3. Wreckus macrumors 6502a

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    How much RAM comes with the refurbished? If it comes with 8GB of ram, then I would go with the brand new Macbook. For video editing, more RAM the better IMO.

    If the refurbish comes with 16GB, then go with the refurbished from Apple.
     
  4. rony321 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your replays!

    The refurbished comes with 16g of RAM :)
    Do you reckon that will keep it from pausing during film editing? I dont really know how much his last one had but it was not a retina display and released in early 2012 I think and broke last year and were extremely slow during editing. So that is why Im trying to get one now that will to a better job!
     
  5. Wreckus macrumors 6502a

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    Unfortunately, I don't know how hold is older computer/macbook is as well as I don't do video editing, so I really can't help you there. Sorry :(.
     
  6. meson macrumors regular

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    You are in a bit of a pickle. The 2.5 will have a dGPU which will help with video rendering, but given Apple's track record with dGPUs in recent years, it could be a ticking time bomb, or it could last for years. The 2.2 you linked to does not have a dGPU, which will place further limits on how fast his machine will process along with the processor.

    I think you should tell him that you are getting it for him and will not take no for an answer and ask which model he would prefer. He's a lucky guy to get a gift like that. Personally, I would go with the 2.2, but I don't work on major video projects either.
     
  7. rony321 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah i doubt he will let me buy it if i tell him haha.. might just go for the 2.2 and if he want to upgrade it might work just to change that part?
     
  8. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    You can't change any parts on the retina macbook pro's that is not an option, what you get is what you keep.

    I think you need to let us know if he is going to be editing 4K video or other intensive uses. this will determine wether the dedicated graphics card is worth it. Is this to use professionally or for home use if this is just for messing around with home videos etc then I wouldn't worry and get the cheaper one. If this is to be used for his profession the more expensive one may be worth the investment.

    The main issue with that machine is that 256GB is fairly small for onboard storage, especially if he likes to carry around lots of video media, has lots of games or big apps on his computer.
     

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