Top Of The Line rMBP or Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Switchfoot, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. Switchfoot macrumors member

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    Hey guys- looking to get a little feedback.

    With education discounts, the new 15" rMBP (with all upgrades, including 1TB SSD) comes to about $3k, which puts me right over the cusp of the Mac Pro (with education, about $2800). Which do you think would be the best route for me?

    My main usage: Video editing with Premiere Pro CS6 (not 4k, but still HD footage), Photoshop, Web Development.

    Would I be better served keeping my laptop (i7 MBP non-retina, 7000 geekbench) and getting a Mac Pro for renders/video editing? Or is the top rMBP a good single computer compromise, and maybe I wouldn't notice the difference?

    Hope you guys can help out! I can possibly step up the 6 core Mac Pro too, if that would make a huge difference, or even go used (2012 Mac Pro, etc.).


    Thanks for any advice!!
     
  2. PoppaKap macrumors regular

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    You have a capable laptop now (addressing any portability issues) and your main usage is video. I think you should get the Mac Pro for sure.
     
  3. aloshka macrumors 65816

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    I'm in the same boat. Except I don't have a laptop. So it would be mac pro + laptop vs top of the line rMBP.
     
  4. theuserjohnny macrumors 6502

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    Keep your current laptop and go for a MacPro.
     
  5. Deanster macrumors regular

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    This seems like a no-brainer.

    The one place where laptops still really fall short these days is HD video editing/effects - you truly can't have enough speed, cooling capability, storage, etc.

    Given that you already have an i7-based laptop, you'd only see an incremental improvement in your capabilities by swapping to a Retina MBP.

    By contrast, adding a Mac Pro should blow the doors off your current capabilities, and you'll still have your laptop when you need decent power on the go.

    I think the big challenge will be deciding which processor combo you need - it'll be interesting to see what final pricing for those looks like.
     
  6. Macsonic macrumors 65816

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    Similar to what the others suggested, go for the Mac Pro and keep your laptop. Before I was doing heavy graphic design with a Mac laptop for long hours and I was bothered by the heat build up. if you're mobile and will just do moderate work the laptop is perfect.
     
  7. webcity macrumors member

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    Firstly, I am really surprised that anyone would consider a 1TB SSD from Apple. However, like others have said, if you've got the money to spend, I would definitely go for the Mac Pro.
     

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