Anybody here tried to render complex projects in after effects, and also checked their temperatures?The Macbook Pro Retina is not designed for photographers or video editors. Here's why, and this is coming from someone who just returned a brand new $3000 Macbook Pro Retina 15".
1) Photographers cannot get good color accuracy because of the rMBP's inferior display in terms of color gamut rating. Proof: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1432348
2) Content creators cannot rely on the display of the rMBP due to image burn in. This is a huge issue, even for their LG and Samsung panels. Proof: https://discussions.apple.com/message/18669644
3) Content creators cannot rely on the display of the rMBP due to yellow tinting. This applies more to the Samsung models, and the revised LG SJE2 panel, than others. Proof: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1660649
4) rMBP users are destined for hardware trouble due to bad build design. Apple mainly innovates on the body of the design on the rMBP. Apple outsources parts from other companies that manufacture parts overseas in China. Apple uses Sandisk for their SSDs, and LG/Samsung for their displays, though I'm not sure who Apple pays for their motherboard manufacturing. The point is that Apple has little control over manufacturing, and the part that they do have control, the body of the rMBP, are not designed well.
The rMBP is not designed to be cool. The small left and right fans have a maximum RPM of 6000 (left is 6000, right is 5500, IIRC).
For example, the CPU on their base 15" model is a i7-4750HQ. While a decent CPU, Apple is not capable of properly cooling it. Idle temperatures average around 60C. When under load, such as rendering videos in After Effects, the CPU never goes below 90C. At many times, it sits at 100C, which is the Tjunction of the CPU.
Further proof: Test a rMBP by running a complex render in After Effects, video conversion, or benchmark (such as from Geekbench Pro). While that's running, launch Temperature Gauge Pro (trial version is 3 days). Notice how bad the rMBP is at cooling, and then realize how this will hurt your CPU's life-cycle.
5) The rMBP 15" has a max usable resolution of 1920x1200. This is slightly better than the run of the mill 1080p. For $3000, all you get is 1200p. The display size is far too small for practical high resolution uses. Apple needs to REALLY innovate this time by manufacturing a sub 5 pound 19" laptop that offers a true 2k usable resolution. Heck, for the BILLIONS of dollars Apple has, they should push it further and make a sub 5 pound 20" laptop.
Due to all the problems above, the rMBP 15" (which is a workstation system) is not suitable for professionals. It does not offer good color accuracy or performance (due to CPU throttling from a bad cooling design).