Powerful enough?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Joskin115, Feb 11, 2017.

  1. Joskin115 macrumors newbie


    Feb 11, 2017
    I`m looking into buying a second hand MacBook Pro. I can get a 15" late 2011 i7 for reasonable price. Is it powerful enough to edit 1080p 60fps videos smoothly in iMovie or Premiere Pro?
    CPU: i7 2,4GHz
    GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6770M
    RAM: 6GB
    HDD: 750GB
    I also heard that they fail CPUs commonly. Is it true?
    I currently have a HP Elitebook 8470p i7-3540M 3,0GHz 8GB RAM 250GB SSD and it`s almost impossible to edit 1080p 60fps.
  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
    The 2011 15" has a history of the AMD dGPU failing due to heat causing failure of the lead free solder. Since the dGPU is soldered you can not replace it. Your desired use for video editing will stress the GPU and cause increased heat.

    I would recommend avoiding the 2011 15" MBP.

    You could google for "2011 Macbook Pro readeongate" to see what others say.
  3. TrueBlou macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2014
    Indeed, the 2012 was a particularly bad model for graphics card issues. That's why Apple initiated the repair program for the 2011-2013 MacBooks.

    If you can, try and get a later model, it'll probably be safer. But beyond that, you should have no problem editing 1080p footage. I had a 2012 model with similar specs for a short time and it coped well with video editing.
  4. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    As others have stated avoid 2011-2013..... I got a 2012.....and expect an issue down the line...finger crossed I'm wrong

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