Which should I pick?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iamwilliamcwl, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. iamwilliamcwl, Dec 5, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2013

    iamwilliamcwl macrumors member

    Dec 5, 2013
    Hi, I'm a student studying Digital Animation. I'm planning to buy a Late 2013 15" Macbook Pro with Retina display with discrete graphics and 16gb ram, problem is I don't know which processor should I pick 2.3ghz or 2.6ghz? Can someone please tell me how much is the difference of performance between 2.3ghz and 2.6ghz?

    Below is the list of the software I'll use during study
    • Photoshop
    • Illustrator
    • Digicel Flipbook
    • Premiere
    • Audition
    • Maya Complete
    • Maya Unlimited
    • After Effects
    • Autodesk Combustion
    • Flash

    And how long can macbook last? I'm hoping it will last more than 5 years
    I'm sorry if there is any typo
  2. phsphoenix macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2013
    First off, the question you should be asking yourself is not which processor to use, but rather how much ram to get. In your case, you will most likely be looking at a 16GB machine. Also, if you're using all these apps on a professional basis, you will grow out of the machine in a lot less than 5 years.
  3. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

    Mar 4, 2013
    If you're looking for longevity in that field, a MacBook Pro is not what you want. A Windows-based workstation, such as the Dell Precision, HP Elitebook, or Lenovo Thinkpad W530 would all be better choices. The Precision M3800, which was just released, has a Retina-like display and GPU hardware that's much better suited for CAD/animation. However, I would look more at the Precision M4700/4800 line since it's almost fully upgradable, including up to 32 GB of RAM, which would be critical for full-scale jobs.

    If you're desperate to get a Mac, the new Pro would be a better choice.
  4. iamwilliamcwl thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 5, 2013
    I'm buying the macbook pro with discrete graphics and 16gb ram, the last things I don't know which should I choose is 2.3ghz or 2.6ghz processor only

    Sad, the macbook pro is so tempting to me :(
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm not sure you'll see any actual performance differences between the two, though if you can swing the faster CPU why not get that.
  6. iamwilliamcwl thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 5, 2013
    Because of the price, hehe
  7. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
  8. iamwilliamcwl thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 5, 2013
  9. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    The rMBP with edu pricing, 512GB SSD and a faster CPU is actually cheaper than the M3800. As tot the GPU - I want to see some actual benchmarks comparing 750M and K1100M - the 750M is faster on paper, so the question is how much the Quadro drivers/additional hardware tricks actually matter. Don't forget that the rMBP comes with Iris Pro which will kick both 750M and K1100M's butts on GPGPU computations.

    Bottomline: rMBP is cheaper and has faster CPU/SSD then the Dell workstation. This gives it more longevity, as far as I am concerned ;)
  10. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    The Iris Pro is only better than the GT750M in apps that utilize OpenCL heavily.

    For games and CUDA-assisted apps, the 750M is still the way to go.

    Besides, the rMBPs with identical configurations with/without the 750M are almost identical in price (in my country, at least). So getting the variant with 750M is a no-brainer.
  11. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

    Mar 4, 2013
    Adobe has switched to OpenCL from CUDA, so the Iris Pro, K1100, and anything AMD based with blow consumer-class NVIDIA cards out of the water. The other advantage of the Dell is its vastly superior warranty - up to 5 years of next business day on-site coverage with accidental damage protection.

    Again, though, if the OP is going to be doing content creation for a living, the bulkier mobile workstations I referenced earlier are much better choices for their expandability. Depending on what you're doing, you can max out a notebook equipped with 16 GB of RAM, meaning you'll be stuck if you have the M3800 or rMBP.
  12. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Having the 750M does not prevent your application to use the Iris Pro for OpenCL. Even more, OS X makes it fairly easy to utilise both cards at the same time for different purposes (e.g. you could do some sort of procedure texture generation for the next frame on the iGPU while the dGPU is rendering your scene).

    I agree completely. If you work with huge photos, 32Gb might help a lot. Of course, the question is whether OP is one of those few people that work with huge photos.

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