Which MacBook Pro should I get?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Windows&Apple, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. Windows&Apple macrumors regular

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    Hello, I'll keep it short, I'll list what I need the machine to do and I'll list my options.

    • 3Ds Max and Maya (Medium to large animations)
    • Adobe Suite (Photo/Video/Web)
    • Logic Pro
    • Accounting software (Sage 50, Excel)
    • Windows 7 (Not 8, or 8.1)
    • Gaming (BF3, BF4, basically modern games)
    • Note taking, MS word.

    Here are my options:

    A)

    Macbook Pro 15
    • 2.3Ghz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.5Ghz
    • 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    • 512GB PCI-e SSD
    • NVIDIA GT750M 2GB
    • Iris Pro 5200 1GB

    The 2.6 is an option, but only if I really, really need it. Read below before you comment :)

    B)

    Macbook Pro 13
    • 2.6GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
    • 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    • 256GB PCI-e SSD
    • Iris Pro 5100

    Note from above: I do have a plan to build a custom desktop within the next year or so with the broadwell chips, the budget will be around $1500-2000 and I expect a very strong PC as an end result.

    Additional information:

    I will be keeping this machine for at least 6 years, I don't expect it to be very useful, but I don't expect it to be completely useless either. I also get the student discount, if that impacts your opinion.

    Obviously if you have other suggestions, please feel free to post them.

    Thanks! :D
     
  2. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    If you plan on doing gaming, especially if you don't plan on moving all of it to your custom-built PC get the 15" with the 750M. The 750M is substantially faster at higher level graphics on modern games.

    You don't really, really need the 2.6GHz at all.
     
  3. Windows&Apple thread starter macrumors regular

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    Glad to hear it. I don't trust FedEx or UPS when it comes to shipping items, I'd rather check it out in store and have a face to yell at if something is screwy :eek:

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    Also, how do I check which display and SSD I have in my machine? I'm not sure if I want to know, but it'd be nice to know if needed for the future. Also, which screen is prefered and which SSD is prefered?
     
  4. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    If it shows up screwy you can alway go to the Apple store to yell. :p

    Go to :apple: > About This Mac > More Info for hardware info.

    What you mean by which screen is preferred? Between the 13" and the 15"?

    All the SSDs are great, but the bigger you go the faster they will get, not huge changes, but ~10% each jump.
     
  5. Windows&Apple thread starter macrumors regular

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    Either, 15 or 13; leading towards the 15 though.
     
  6. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    The 15" is nice, it's what I use. The only thing the 13" is better at is being lighter and more portable.
     
  7. Windows&Apple thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yea, true, but the power of the 15 is really nice :)
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    I like the 15" over the 13" myself. The weight/size difference isn't huge and I appreciate the power :)
     
  9. Starfyre, Oct 29, 2013
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    Starfyre macrumors 68020

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    Because its gonna need to last for years..

    2.6GHz!
    - Battery life might not be so bad based on certain posters just disabling the dGPU with gfxcardstatus when not used
    - Highest clock speeds to last longer
    - Higher clocks for iris pro (for those times when you dont want to use dedicated and save some life)

    I use SolidWorks, so the more performance that can be get, the better especially nice when the integrated has that extra kick.

    A desktop is a desktop. A macbook pro should be your desktop while your on the go, but very portable and has decent battery life, which it appears to be getting better for the 2.6 today. If its more than 7.5 hours, i'd say thats pretty decent and at the very least better than the last generation.
     
  10. Windows&Apple thread starter macrumors regular

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    I through the only difference between the 2.6Ghz model and the 2.3Ghz was the CPU clock speed. Aren't all 5200 GPUs clocked at 1200 or so MHz? Can someone confirm?

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    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Iris-Pro-Graphics-5200.90965.0.

    So, I assume that regardless of the CPU clock, the iris clocks are going to remains the same?
     
  11. Windows&Apple thread starter macrumors regular

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    I agree, completely, but if I'm going to go with the 2.6, I'd like to look for a little bit to make sure battery life does in-fact increase.
     
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  13. Windows&Apple thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yup, I didn't know how capable the graphics in the 13 were and although they are perfectly fine, I think the 15 would be better for my needs. What would you say about the processor? I so far got one person saying 2.3 and one saying 2.6. Still on fence. If it helps
    I'd like more than 7 hours or battery life. My school is anal about outlets and have a severe lack of them.
     
  14. rabidz7 macrumors 65816

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    CPU won't even matter!!!!!!
    GPU will make huge difference!!!!
     
  15. Windows&Apple thread starter macrumors regular

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    Even for 3D work?
     

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