rMBP for music/sound production

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SungTongs, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. SungTongs macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2013
    Debating if the new rMBP is worth it over a last gen refurbished for audio work. Specifically the 2.4ghz last to the stock 2.0ghz current. Would there be any difference in the real time processing of audio effects? Also does the last gen retina still have any graphics issues while running Mavericks?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  2. johnnylarue macrumors 6502a

    Aug 20, 2013
    No way. If you can save a tidy chunk of change, go with the refurb and let your inner Panda Bear loose on a floor tom. ;)

    Seriously though, very marginal difference. And Mavericks will run great on the 2012/early-2013 rMBP--the "scroll lag" issue is one of the big things it addresses/fixes on the older retina books.
  3. SungTongs thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2013
    Thanks for the advice :p

    Leaning towards the new model as it looks like the screen is slightly improved. Seems like taking a gamble to get a good screen with the old gen. The price difference comes out to be about $250.

    I just want to confirm that the 2ghz haswell is indeed faster than the 2.4 ivy bridge.
  4. johnnylarue macrumors 6502a

    Aug 20, 2013
    I think they're actually very close in speed--the bigger discrepancy between the two will be in battery life, and even that is only by an hour or so...


    "The mid-range and low-end 15-inch models didn't see the same large jumps in performance over their predecessors. Those units saw jumps of only two to three percent over the previous generation."

    Once you weigh everything out it kinda seems like the price drop is the most exciting thing about this refresh. Not that there's anything wrong with that...

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