Some questions about the MBP 13"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Northwestern, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. Northwestern macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2011

    1. Does the 8 GB Ram and the processor in the 13" i7 2,7 GHz make a "big difference" in running games smoother compared to lower specs? Or does it depend on the graphic card? All MBPs 13" have the Intel HD Graphics 3000.

    2. I have an iMac 24". Has the display of the 13" the same quality besides the screen size? Colour depth, brightness ...

    Thanks in advance!
  2. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020


    Jan 25, 2009
    Compared to which specs? In general, 8 GB are the right choice if you use virtual machines.

    The colours are good IMO. However, the screen resolution is quite low. You'll notice that.
  3. Northwestern thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2011
    Compared to the 4 GB model, does the 8 GB model give more performance in games? Or does it depend on the graphic card?
  4. megamanbnmaster macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2008
    It might give a tiny bit of bonus, but negligible compare to having a good graphics card. Sadly, the 13" isn't really meant for gaming as the Intel HD 3000 is a tiny bit less powerful than GeForce 9400m.

    Also, it might be worth it to buy 4gb and upgrade it yourself. For some reason, RAM prices are cheap right now. (you can get 8gb for 30 bucks)
  5. Northwestern thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2011
    The thing is that I can't deside between:
    MPA 13" i7 1,8 GHz 4 Gb Ram
    MBP 13" i7 2,7 GHz 8 Gb Ram

    The price is the same. Questions is, what might be the better descision. I like to play some games on Steam and I like to watch movies. I don't want to pay the price for the MBP 15". I have an iMac, I can't carry with me, where I go for some month. Maybe on the weekend, I can use the iMac. But not on workdays.
  6. mountains macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2011
    It's around a 10% increase in CPU performance (or less) for $200. Take that as you will.

    RAM above 4GB probably isn't important for games a MBP can play. It's also really expensive to buy RAM from Apple.

    They both use the same GPU and are primarily CPU-limited, so performance is relatively similar in games as long as you play the MBA at 1280x800 instead of 1440x900. Neither one is a gaming computer, but if you want some data:[Macbook Air] [Macbook Pro]
  7. Jrv macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2011
    Long Beach, California
    ITT: Poor purchasing decisions.

    Do not EVER upgrade a mac off of It's a total ripoff. Get the base model macbook pro 13 inch i5(Processor upgrade is a waste of money) and do all the upgrades yourself via
  8. mountains macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2011
    That's fine for RAM, but keep in mind you lose native TRIM support if you upgrade an SSD. It's possible to get TRIM support through a simple hack, but not everyone is interested in doing that.
  9. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2011
    Boca Raton, FL
    comparing to a 24" iMac, the 13" MBP has a much higher PPI(94 vs. 113). just fwiw
  10. Northwestern thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2011
    The Air has the better (thin) design (imo), the better display resolution and a faster harddrive. I don't have WLAN, so I would have to buy an ethernet adapter for the MBA.

    The MBP has more power: i7 2,7 GHz and up to 8 GB Ram. This speaks for the MBP and is more important for me than display resolution and hd-speed.

    So it's design VS more processor and Ram power. At the moment I would fall for the MBP. The MBP design looks similar to my iMac design, which I like very much.
  11. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2011
    Boca Raton, FL
    While the Airs resolution is higher, the Pro has a "better" display, with a much broader color profile. (IMHO, the Airs screens look horrid; I checked out the 11" and 13" at an Apple Store when I was in for AppleCare repairs [on multiple occasions], and I couldn't imagine using the Air's screen for more than a few minutes w/o wanting to gouge my eyes out.)
  12. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    1. It's 100% graphics card dependent, there has been some reports of faster RAM making the 3000HD faster, but I wouldn't count on it. Don't expect to do much quality gaming on a 13" laptop with integrated graphics. Unless you do a lot of number crunching or rendering on the computer, paying extra for the i7 is money you should use elsewhere. Same goes for RAM: unless you know you're going to be running out often, I'd wait on the upgrade. It's easy to do it yourself anyway.

    2. If the 24" has an IPS panel like the bigger 27" iMac, then no, if both are TN panels then the quality should be just about equal.

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