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Last post: 1 year, 9 months ago | Thread started: Jan 30, 13, 10:37 a.m.

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  • Aa77

    I am about to pick up a new macbook pro w/ retina for video editing and motion graphics work.

    I am definitely going to upgrade to 16gb of ram, but I am wondering if there would be much noticeable difference between the 2.3 ghz processor and the 2.6ghz. Both options are quad-core

    is it worth an extra $600 for the 2.6? I'm not trying to be cheap, but if its only a matter of a render taking slightly less time, I might go with the 2.3 option.

    anyone using either option for video?
    any thoughts?

    thanks in advance

    Jan 30, 13, 10:37 a.m. – Permalink
  • lvl_13

    no. save the cash or go grab an external monitor instead.

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    Dog-earJan 30, 13, 10:38 a.m. – Permalink
  • vaxorcist

    for that difference in price, you can get a second monitor.... a much bigger productivity improvement in my mind....

    • $100?monospaced1/5
      big monitor.. or portable monitor... or even an iPad....vaxorcist2/5
      Um, the upgrade price is only $100, and you can't get any of that for $100monospaced3/5
      original poster said "is it worth an extra $600 for the 2.6? "vaxorcist4/5
      yes, but the simple upgrade is actually only $100monospaced5/5
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    Dog-earJan 30, 13, 10:38 a.m. – Permalink
  • chrisRG

    I have the 2.6 with 16gb, and a colleague has the 2.3 with 16gb.
    there's no much difference tbh.

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    Dog-earJan 30, 13, 10:39 a.m. – Permalink
  • bored2death

    Do you know what .3ghz feels like?

    It's like night and day.

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    Dog-earJan 30, 13, 10:40 a.m. – Permalink
  • monospaced

    For a $100 upgrade it's not that much, and more processor is always better.

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    Dog-earJan 30, 13, 10:48 a.m. – Permalink
  • Aa77

    thanks for pointing this out...I was looking at the $600 price different from the base models. so yeah, $100 extra for a 2.6ghz bump seems worth it.

    thanks qbn

    • hey, you can spend $350 for the 2.7 ;)monospaced1/2
      gotta know when to fold em...Aa772/2
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    Dog-earJan 30, 13, 3:24 p.m. – Permalink
  • Peter

    On another note

    > I am definitely going to upgrade to 16gb of ram

    Do it outside of the apple store.
    Saves at least a 100 $

    • retina = ram soldered onshaft1/2
      this is no longer an option unfortunately... apple is on to usMiguex2/2
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    Dog-earJan 30, 13, 6:05 p.m. – Permalink
  • dan5382

    you can't upgrade a retina outside of the apple store. Everything on the Retina is soldered on.

    • Ahh. Had forgotten that "feature" with the retina.Peter
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    Dog-earJan 30, 13, 9:29 p.m. – Permalink
  • hektor911

    http://www.crucial.com/

    • no more, new apple ram is sodder into motherboard, you either upgrade during purchase or you are fuckedMiguex1/2
      this is for the retina right?hektor9112/2
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    Dog-earJan 30, 13, 9:35 p.m. – Permalink
  • Miguex

    for those who like me, don't know much about computers, I found the following photographic analogy very helpful:

    On the left 2.3ghz on the right 2.6ghz

    https://sites.google.com/site/cryman159/FastCarSlowDriver.jpg

    just kidding, I have no answer, but you probably can't tell the difference...

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    Dog-earJan 31, 13, 12:06 a.m. – Permalink
  • ezkl

    only advice: you can save that money on an SSD. i think 300 mhz is measly compared to the advantages of solid state

    • Extremely true.
      MacBook air with low spec CPUs and ssds run very well, all thanks to the ssd
      Hombre_Lobo
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    Dog-earFeb 2, 13, 2:08 p.m. – Permalink
  • zaq

    wait till mid 2013 and pick up a 3.6Ghz Haswell for the same price if not cheaper than your options now

    • THIS. 2nd gen retina coming out soon with Haswell. I'd wait.nikdaum
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    Dog-earFeb 2, 13, 2:24 p.m. – Permalink
  • omg

    i still make my video mixes with a pair of VCRs

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    Dog-earFeb 2, 13, 2:28 p.m. – Permalink
  • vaxorcist

    ah... I remember editing 3.4 inch tape on these...

    http://i.imgur.com/Atb3dhg.png

    • oh man...seeing this brought back some painful memoriesAa77
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    Dog-earFeb 2, 13, 3:50 p.m. – Permalink
  • Hombre_Lobo

    If your getting the ram upgrade because it's soldered on, that makes sense.

    But bare in mind the extra ram will in no way improve render times. In some tests more ram actually increases it (but only by 1% or something negligible)

    I can't see how you would need more than 8gb unless you would have every program on you computer open at once. Which actually still isn't that bad with Linux based machines like a mac.

    But i suppose you cant upgrade later and Might make it easier to sell on too.

    • its not uncommon for me to have Illustrator, PS, AE, FCP all open at once.Aa77
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    Dog-earFeb 2, 13, 6:32 p.m. – Permalink
  • animatedgif

    "macbook pro w/ retina for video editing and motion graphics work"

    Why?... It'll look completely different on the screens it'll actually be played on.

    • Retina screens are a godsend for video editing (and grading) and photography. Try it.inteliboy1/3
      wouldn't it all just be pixel doubled?animatedgif2/3
      even pixel-doubled, it would just look normalmonospaced3/3
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    Dog-earFeb 4, 13, 3:05 a.m. – Permalink
  • OP31

    I just bought the non retina with 2.6 processor. Replaced the hard drive with a 256GB SSD to install all my applications and then removed the optical drive and installed a 512GB SSD. I wanted a retina, but since you can't update them down the road, I went with the Highres Screen Non Retina instead. Its really fast and have no problems running after effects and photoshop.

    • oh and I added 16GB of RAMOP311/3
      all this was way cheaper then buying the Retina with simliar specs. I dont have the screen, but I'm ok with that. The computer is much fasterOP312/3
      This is the same machine we bought at work. Still has Firewire which is a huge plus too.monospaced3/3
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    Dog-earFeb 4, 13, 8:06 a.m. – Permalink

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