Whats more powerful?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by TheBIGC, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. TheBIGC macrumors newbie

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    I am looking at gettting my first Mac for programming, photoshop, occasional light gaming and video editing. I am wondering which of these would be better:

    13-inch: 2.9 GHz
    2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
    Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
    8GB 1600MHz memory
    128GB SSD
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Built-in battery (7 hours)2

    or

    2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
    8GB 1600MHz memory
    256GB flash storage1
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory
    Built-in battery (7 hours)2

    Also what does 'Turbo Boost' mean.
    Thanks
     
  2. brentsg macrumors 68040

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    Turbo boost is just automatic overclocking really, trying to get most performance out of the power/thermal envelope.

    What's more powerful will depend on how often your workload uses 4 cores.
     
  3. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    The second one is much more powerful. The quad core processor and most importantly the dedicated graphics card are big performance increases over the 13" Macbook Pro.

    The Turbo Boost means that if you're using an application which only loads down one or two cores rather than all four, the processor can increase its clock speed to give you better performance.
     
  4. Durious macrumors 6502

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    By a long-shot:

    2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
    8GB 1600MHz memory
    256GB flash storage1
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory
    Built-in battery (7 hours)2
     
  5. PAPO macrumors 6502

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    yeh, the dedicated gfx in the 15" is a must for any gaming, and handy for major video editing
     

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