Please Help Me Decide: rMBP 15" - Integrated Only or Dedicated GPU

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by EvossUK, Sep 14, 2014.

  1. EvossUK macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2014
    Hello all,

    Coming to pick the brains of those who know their stuff!

    I really cant decide between getting a rMBP with or without the dedicated GPU. My concern is the battery life when the GPU kicks in and not plugged in.

    I know there is gfxCardStatus but it may not work with future releases?

    I wont need to use the GPU a lot, but it practically comes free with the 2.5GHz and 512SSD model and I would prefer to have it in case I do need it, but not at the cost of loosing 1 or 2 hours of batter every charge.

    Does anyone know if gfxCardStatus will be supported in Yosemite or there are similar programs that do the same thing?

    Please help me make a decision

    Thank you
  2. mad3inch1na macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2013
    The dGPU is only activated when you need it, so if you are just web browsing it won't eat into your battery life. If you are doing heavy professional work, then you will get worse battery life, but you will get the added power. If you are thinking you don't need the dGPU, you probably don't need a maxed out model though.


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