Which upgrade for 15-inch MacBook Pro RD?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by hojx, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. hojx macrumors 6502


    Jan 18, 2014
    I am taking up a course in Industrial Design, so I will be getting a new laptop for school. I am set on a 15-inch MBP w/ RD, but I am stuck on which spec upgrade(s) to get. Keep in mind I am just a student so I can't max everything out, but I still want something rather future-proof for the entire four years of my course at least.

    My course is going to involve things like 2D & 3D rendering with Adobe, AutoCAD suite of applications, amongst others. In my case, would a CPU or RAM upgrade be more worthwhile?
  2. kelon111 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2013
    The 15-inch MBP w/ RD is not optimized for CAD. Keep in mind that the GT 750M is much slower than a GTX 680M. You should be looking at mobile workstations instead.

    The Dell Precision M3800 is a good start. The K1100M is like a K2000M in performance (check notebookcheck for more info).

    Sample CAD benchmarks:




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