What do you guys do with MBP? what's your intensive tasks?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by montblanc1, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. montblanc1 macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2009
    I've got the 15" MBP 371, which should be strong and powerful enough to handle most of the tasks. But it seems to me I don't use it to do heavy and intensive stuff at all, all I do is surf the Internet, and watch 720P movies sometimes. So I am just wondering if you can recommend me some "intensive" task, so that I can make the most use of my Pro!!

    Thank s
  2. Epsilon88 macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2009
    - Gaming
    - Editing movies (not sure how intensive this is)
    - Using intensive graphics applications

    It seems a little pointless just to do a task because it's "intensive" though? :confused:
  3. Turian.Spectre macrumors regular


    Aug 31, 2010
    The 2 times my mac runs hard and very hot, is:
    -Starcraft 2 on high settings.
    -Media files conversion to different formats.

    At one time I changed my entire Music folder from .Mp3 into .M4a. Even when doing only 2 songs at a time, with a Targus cooling pad, the machine was running at average 86-93 degrees C. If I changed the settings and let it (app called MAX) convert more than 2, the temprature jumped a lot. The first time I used it, I was doing 8 songs at a time. I quickly learned to change it to a max of 2, b/c my temps were 140C+.
  4. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    I've found that damn near everyone on this board is a pro photographer/cinematographer, gamer, coder, theoretical quantum physicist, business owner and IT nerd who runs like 50 VMs at the same time.

    Try one or all of the above at the same time, irrespective of your skill (Photoshop is great to have in the Dock, even if you don't use it).
    If you wanna go really xXTrEm3Xx you can run benchmarks over and over again.
  5. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Not me ;) I could well do with a white Macbook, but I simply like the extra features of a MacBook Pro. And if someone says "I own a MacBook", I can say "I own a MacBook Pro".

    Besides, if your going to choose a computer for the next 3-4 years - Why not pay the $200 extra for a Pro?
  6. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2008
    I use Lightroom quite a bit, handbrake occasionally and VMware quite often all of which are quite CPU intensive. LR and HB will send CPU load to 200% and on my early 08 mbp, LR crawls.

    However, the app that most consistently uses a high CPU load is Firefox, for some reason opening simple webpages can send CPU load to 40% and flash intensive sites like youtube will use up 60-80%.
  7. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I occasionally do editing in FCP, quite often I use Photoshop and that gets my MBP going!!
  8. randomosity macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2010
    Music production, Ableton Live
  9. mxulive macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2010
    Med school, internet, iTunes, Starcraft II... in that order.
  10. Identity Fraud macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2009
    Right now just interneting which makes me feel I overpaid for the 15"... However once I have more money I plan n buying Windows 7 for bootcamp and get PhotoShop for OSX. I have no software really yet.... /fail.
  11. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    I use my 13" MacBook Pro for:

    •Rigs of Rods
  12. tjb1 macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2010
    Pennsylvania, USA
    yes > /dev/null
    Photoshop CS5
    Office 2011

    Solidworks 2010
    Mastercam X4
  13. DJ-R macrumors regular


    Feb 17, 2010
    Adobe Photoshop
    Adobe Illustration
    Adobe Flash (majorly)
    Adobe Premiere Pro
    Adobe Southbooth
    Adobe After Effects
    Maya 2011 (modeling rendering animation)
    Web programming
    Max MSP Jitter (Virtual sound programming)
    Processing.org (intensive programming into visual display)
    Gaming (Bootcamp and some on OSX)
    Aperture 3
    VirtualBox (windows on OSX)
    1080p Movies
    + Internal 1080p screen

    Getting 8GB ram soon (in shipment).

    I will have most of those applications running all time.

    Aside from noob application (non-intensive) Words doc... internet, email, ... what else lol

    This is how intensive I am myself and the computer is never enough for me. At work: Mac Pro 6-8 cores CPU

    My work life, web to print, code to visual and concept to live animation.

    the name graphic designer... is old school. anyone can be one but how good can you start with?
  14. charlieroberts macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2007
    Hahahaha very nice.

    I have always wandered why so many people need so many VM's. But I often hear "20 VM's" and I'm like :confused:

    As for me, I just like experimenting with my MBP, run all kinds of stuff and learn new skills, however none of my work actually requires powerful computers. I am a hobbyist Photographer so LR gets used often.

    I recommend setting up a Folding@Home Account, that will use your CPU.
  15. Blu101 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2010
    Why don't you rip a few favorite DVDs and transcode them for your MBP and if you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, encode for these as well? Applications: RipIt + Handbrake (or Handbrake by itself for most movies).

    And don't be afraid to multitask: open iTunes and listen to the radio while you web browse with several windows/tabs open at once, etc.
  16. Patdt13 macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2008
  17. soLoredd macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2007
    I don't do much intensive stuff on my MBP. I play a few games in BootCamp and I do use Lightroom frequently. I mostly got my MBP because at the time I hated the white plastic MacBooks, wanted discrete graphics, and wanted a 15" screen. I could probably get on pretty well now with a 13" MBP.
  18. Bdpmax macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2010

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