rMBP 15" - HD4000+GT 650M or Iris Pro model?

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  1. wMw macrumors newbie

    wMw

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    What laptop is better would be for me for a mediocore gaming, recording gameplay and montage?

    :apple:rMBP 15" Late 2012-2013 with GT 650M
    or same spec same price :apple:rMBP 15" 2013 with Intel Iris Pro?

    :apple:Iris Pro model is actually a beast, it pulls games slower by 10-30% depends on the game itself, while being integrated graphic. Also I get 801.11ac, PCI-E SSD, longer battery life, lack of gpu switching (which is good), less heat, butter smooth OS X UI.
    :apple:HD4000+GT 650M model eats any game I throw at it, while having additional power to stream my gameplay online. But there is rumors that HD4000 can't draw OS X UI smoothly, and it lags and stutters. Can anyone confirm it? Does :apple:Mavericks fixes it?

    By choosing Iris Pro model, will I be able to record/stream 1080p 60 FPS gameplay on low-mid settings on games like WoW, D3, DotA 2?

    Windows-based laptops are no/no for me. I'm using Windows for 10+ years, it's just that I want to try something new in IT world to improve my skills and IT acknowledge.
     
  2. mad3inch1na, Apr 28, 2014
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    mad3inch1na macrumors 6502a

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    How much money do you have to spend? You can get a 2012 baseline for 1400$ on ebay. I would personally go for that. As the 2013 model won't offer some of the streaming performance benefits that nVidia cards provide. Check out shadowplay, and see if it works on OSX. If you don't need portability, and have 2000$ to spend, get a 2012 iMac refurbished i7/gtx 680mx/1TB Fusion/8 GB RAM.

    Matt
     
  3. Serban Suspended

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    Dota 2 is ok on medium at 60fps and d3 at medium 900p at 40-55fps
    This is for Iris Pro
     
  4. wMw thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Resolution?
     
  5. wMw thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just got informed about nVidia's Maxwell architecture.
    What are the chances of Apple presenting MBP's with Maxwell GPUs on WWDC2014?
     
  6. thekev macrumors 604

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    very unlikely
     
  7. mad3inch1na macrumors 6502a

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    Not at all likely. I may come to regret those words, in the slight probability that they do update graphics, but it really goes against Apple update cycles. Apple does not typically update graphics unless they also update CPU. Since broadwell will not be released until q3, it is highly unlikely.

    On another note, the 850m will almost certainly be exclusive to the highest cost machine, as Apple seems to be shifting towards integrated graphics.

    Matt
     

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