rMbP13 2015 setup suggestions

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  1. terencedriver, May 1, 2015
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    terencedriver macrumors member

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    I'd like suggestions please for products that do the following with a retina macbook pro 2015 maxed out 16GB ram, 512ssd, 3.1 i7

    * separate monitor colour accurate good white balance and gamut coverage about 21-27in, resolution 4K+ and works to 60hz+. Photography and design. Not gaming. Watching films maybe. Max £800ish. Must be quite accurate out of the box ie factory calibrated.

    * dock for separate keyboard and trackpad and USB poeres stylus and graphics tablet (wacom), and Ethernet networking

    * chair for both working and relaxing (I know this isn't apple related)

    I don't need iPhone integration I will always buy google nexus phones.

    Thanks
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    You can forget it. 13" rMBPs don't play well with external 4K displays because of poorly-written GPU drivers.

    You'll be better off with the baseline 15" rMBP.
     
  3. flur macrumors 68000

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    Since when? There are quite a few folks here in the forums with 4k displays on their 13" that are quite happy.
     
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    My Broadwell 13" rMBP with a Sharp PN-K322B works fine for the most part, but does experience frame drops from time to time (like when opening Mission Control).

    For me it's tolerable, but for quite a few others it isn't.
     
  5. Eye Doc macrumors newbie

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    'Tolerable' is a good word for 4K with 2015 13" MBP.

    At the moment, it does works with 'transparency' turned off, but otherwise the whole experience is a jerky mess. I can only hope it gets better with software updates.
     
  6. Fthree macrumors 6502a

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    Just did an update (may 2, 2015)

    Today there was an update suggested for my 2015 13' rMBP. i didn't have time to read the specifics but it added the photo app and DAMN this mac is running WAY better than it was before the update. (not that it was terrible but it is so zippy now)

    Anyone else do this and see a significant performance increase?
     
  7. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I'm not seeing any update, you don't have any additional information? I'm pretty sure mine had the photo app on it when I purchased it.
     
  8. Fthree macrumors 6502a

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    I don't exactly know. Just woke up to my mac asking if it could restart and install updates.
     
  9. dagamer34 macrumors 65816

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    Mission Control is more a problem with Yosemite than the GPU in your MacBook Pro.
     
  10. robertsawicki macrumors member

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    I wouldn't go with the 3.1 i7. It's pretty much the same as the 2.9 i5 and is $200 less. Performance is nearly identical on Geekbench too. I went with the 2.9/8GB/512SSD and love it so far.
     
  11. Fthree macrumors 6502a

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    I was wanting the same config you have except wanted 16 ram. Looked to build online but decided to go to my Apple Store and test out the trackpad and asked if by chance they had any in the back with 16rm. All they had was 3.1/16/512/i7 so I bought. Was able to use my education discount. So far the thing is amazing to me the $200 wasn't a HUGE issue when it came down to getting it that day or waiting 7/10 or whatever
     
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  13. Fthree macrumors 6502a

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    $2248
     
  14. evrard macrumors regular

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    My 13'' outputs 4k very nicely, I don't know what you're talking about.
     
  15. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Mine outputs nicely as well, but there are some frame drops in UI animations here and there, which are tolerable to me but apparently not tolerable to the Yosemite users who complain of UI lag in the OS. Other than that it's all good.
     

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