What scaled resolution do you run on your 15" rMBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Lexical, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. Lexical macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2011
    Just wondering what scaled mode people are running? I must admit i prefer 'looks like 1680x1050' but performance doesn't feel quite as smooth. Whats everyone else's experience? I might take the performance hit because you get much more screen real estate.
  2. Smeaton1724 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2011
    Leeds, UK
    The highest, I think it's 1920 x 1200, for me that resolution means its a desktop replacement, performance is still fine, it's operating on the nvidia and I can hear the fans but not an issue.
  3. Lexical thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2011
    If you turn off graphics switching and force it to use the GT650M, does that mean you can run higher resolution without performance issues? I might check that out...
  4. nontroppo macrumors 6502


    Mar 11, 2009
    1920x1200 -- no performance issues on either Intel or NVidia GPU
  5. HishamAkhtar macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2011
    You can but it kills battery life and the laptop runs much hotter.

    I ran mine at 1680 x 1050 from Day 1 and I've never had any issues with integrated graphics unless it's a tumblr page with a lot of gifs and then I tend to switch to discrete for a smoother experience :)
  6. Pentad macrumors 6502a


    Nov 26, 2003
    I have to agree with HishamAkhtar. I too have run 1680 x 1050 since day 1. 1440 x 900 is just unusable to me and the work I do. 1929 x 1200 is great but the text is too small for some things.

    I find 1680 x 1050 very good.

  7. Lexical thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2011
    Thanks for the info guys, going to try spending some more time at 1680x1050 must admit i do prefer the extra space as well.

    God i love this display. Using anything else after this just looks awful!
  8. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    1680x1050 as that's the resolution I used before this computer and I'm not a fan of staring at incredibly small text (do that too much already on my iPhone).

    I can't tell it's scaled and I don't have performance issues with integrated graphics.
  9. luminouslight macrumors 6502


    Nov 29, 2012
    Orlando FL
    1680 x 1050 works the best for me. Text seems just right. I feel like I've gone back in time when I use my iMac, the retina screen is just beautiful.:apple:
  10. Lexical thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2011
    Couldn't agree more. I open up my MBA for the first time since i got my rMBP and thought, god this screen is terrible! Awful resolution, dull, dark and generally awful. Makes such a difference using this display. I can't go back now!
  11. Haiku214 macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2012
    I spent ample amount of time on all three: 1440x900, 1680x1050, and 1920x1200 and decided with 1920x1200 to match my external monitor.
  12. ppone macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2011
    I run 1680x1050 non HiDPI. Running non HiDPI makes everything buttery smooth, and you get use to the resolution very fast.

  13. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    But it looks like crap! :(
  14. ppone macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2011
    I think it looks better than the same resolution on a cMBP. I am ok with how it looks on a rMBP.

    I am optimizing for buttery smooth performance over pixel perfect resolution :).

  15. isephmusic macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2012
    why dont people run at 2500x1600 or whatever retina is ?
  16. tmagman macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2010
    Calgary AB
    1680x1050. Switched from the high-res antiglare 15" so this is comfortable. Tried the 1920x1200 and works for some things but documents and such the lower resolution is a little nicer.
  17. ClassObject macrumors 6502


    Mar 1, 2010
    not currently possible VIA standard OS settings
  18. Lexical thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2011
  19. slicecom macrumors 68020

    Aug 29, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    I don't run scaled because I need pixel perfect display of images in apps like photoshop, and only "best for retina" or the true 2880x1800 offer that, unfortunately. I really wish Apple had gone with 3360x2100 for the retina display, as then we would get the best of both worlds.
  20. ssn637 macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2009
    I prefer Best for Retina, which doesn't tax the CPU so much. The higher resolutions provide more desk space but I couldn't go beyond 1680 x 1050 without eye strain (or reading glasses!).
  21. superman23 macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2011
    i tried it out at best buy and was really surprised that the 1920x1200 i could read without glasses (my vision is like 20/70). thats the same res as my 23" cinema and with the added distance of a desktop monitor, i do wear glasses for comfort. i think the smoothness of the text on retina display just makes it easier to see.
  22. ppone macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2011
    The native resolution of the display is at 2880x1800 non HiDPI. You can definitely run it at that, if you can handle the small font. At that resolution there won't be any blurring and performance will still be better than 1440x900 HiDPI do to less rendering, but that resolution will still eat huge amount of memory so 16 GB is recommended if your running at that.

  23. Corax macrumors 6502


    Apr 27, 2009
    Willemstad - Curaçao
    I run it at scaled to 1680x1050, perfect for me, with no performance issues. :)
    But I do have gfxCardStatus 2.3 installed so I can switch manually between the intel integrated graphics and the Nvidia GeForce GT 650M.
  24. lotzosushi macrumors 6502


    Jan 10, 2007
    I was running mine on 2280x1800 for a while, but that cut my battery life down to 3-4 hours from around 7 hours on the 'more space' setting with 1920x1200 that I use now. I have 20/20 vision so the small text wasn't a problem at all for me but the battery life cut in half wasn't worth the extra space unless you're plugged in.
  25. br3nt macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2012
    since the OS sometimes was killing me with choppy gfx when running "1920x1200 hiDPI" i decided to test RDM application.

    not as good looking as scaled but 1920x1200 non hi-dpi is very good. no choppiness or anything like that with mission control or "F4" button
    (forgot the name :p ) or sliding between desktops!

    true retina mode 2880x1800 was just not comfortable enough for me...

    *here's to apple to release software update :apple:*

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