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#1 SpeedyTheSnail

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 13:15

Hello all,

 

I was browsing the Mac Store right now plotting my next purchase and nothing catches my eye. They have the MacBook Pro line, which have no pro features except the 15 inch with retina display. I am so sick of seeing the Intel graphics chips, it is not a premium chip anyway you try to put it.

 

Is there any info on when Apple may finally try to make great laptops again?

 

Not trying to start a flame war, but I am running on a mid-2010 MBP and I would never consider integrated Intel graphics to be any good. Intel may have improved their chip, but nothing beats dedicated NVidia or ATI graphics cards with some dedicated memory.

 

 

I looked at the bench mark comparisons and the Iris graphics is at the bottom of the list.




#2 DeltaXray

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 13:29

Go for the one with the nvidia card then. Or any other laptop with a discreet GPU.



#3 Roger H.

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 13:29

I guess but what are you looking to do with it? If it's "good enough" for what you do then you'd be wasting money on getting an ATI or nVidia card just cuz it's "faster".

 

Then again I see this option there:

 

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So they obviously have options for you if that's what you want... :)



#4 tsupersonic

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 13:29

What is it that you do that requires a dedicated graphics card? For the majority of the people, Intel's new HD4xxx,HD5xxx are more than sufficient.



#5 Brian M.

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 13:35

The 15" is their only "professional" laptop - if you need performance, that's the only option.

I personally have a 2012 15" retina. It has a 2.6GHz i7 with a 1GB 650M - and it has handled everything I've thrown at it over the past couple of years with ease!

#6 DeltaXray

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 13:37

Intel Iris Pro is more than enough for any non-gaming needs. I have a late 2013 rmbp 15" with the nvidia GPU and the only time it ever switches to nvidia is when I load a game or some random app that causes it to bug out like Java.  Integrated is even happy when churning through hundreds of RAW files in Lightroom.



#7 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 13:44

What benchmarks are you looking at?  From everything I see, the Iris Pro is only about 10-15% slower than the latest mobile GPUs, but it uses a A LOT less power. Pretty fair trade-off if you ask me.  Plus it's optimized for Open CL, which is used by some design programs, which is you know, the point of getting a MBP in the first place.  

 

http://www.notebookc....0.90965.0.html



#8 xendrome

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 13:49

Going to chime in here, I get involved in Mac/Apple stuff simply because I do not use them, but the HD40XX onboard chipset for video isn't half bad unless you are gaming, plus you get the power saving benefits.



#9 fusi0n

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 13:59

Also, while Apple's products cost more.. You may see their specs less  than others same priced.. Mostly, because OSX runs more efficient.. You paying for a damn well built computer.. Some some plastic POS. 



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 14:12

Anyone who would still pay $2,600 for a laptop is simply looking for a reason to spend more money than necessary.



#11 xamadeix

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 14:20

Anyone who would still pay $2,600 for a laptop is simply looking for a reason to spend more money than necessary.

 

This. If you're gonna spend that kind of money and you're looking for laptop with serious power, I'm sure you can find something far better.



#12 +d5aqoëp

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 14:22

The only sole criteria that determines worthiness of a Laptop is the graphics chip in it. Especially when it is pushing so called Retina/UHD display. 

 

Unfortunately the laptop graphics are falling behind in terms of speed curve due to limitations of heat dissipation, space inside chassis or being purposely held back by Nvidia and AMD.

 

So I simply don't use laptops anymore. I use an extremely powerful megawatt guzzling Windows based desktop and a power efficient tablet (Air). Laptops are redundant.

 

/Strong Opinion.



#13 DJGM

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 14:23

This. If you're gonna spend that kind of money and you're looking for laptop with serious power, I'm sure you can find something far better.

Indeed ... and especially one without the fruity badge on the lid for about half the price or less!



#14 Houtei

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 14:24

If you are buying a mac book pro for gaming you are already making a big mistake and if you are not then its really not going to matter between a nvidia 750 and the intel video. To me unless your getting a 760 or better nvidia the intel video card is just as good as anything.

 

Heck for 2600 you could get a Windows notebook with an nvidia 880 in it that would handle anything at high settings.



#15 what

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 14:25

Not trying to start a flame war

 

You didn't not try very hard.