new 13" MacBook Pro performance?

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Re: new 13" MacBook Pro performance?

Post by Tysonviolin » Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:54 pm

skatr2 wrote:for the question on the screen size, I will say working on a 13" notebook by itself is cumbersome. It is NICE for when you are on the go and like to whip it out in a coffeeshop and make some beats. I ended up for my home studio is just grabbing a monitor hookup and running it through a 22" LCD. Makes things way easier when you arent on the go...yet maintains the original idea of being portable when you want to be.
I plug into my 50" plasma at home. 13" on the road

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Re: new 13" MacBook Pro performance?

Post by grooverb » Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:21 am

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I plug into my 50" plasma at home. 13" on the road[/quote]

DUDE!!!! :mrgreen:

I wanted a 40 inch monitor, but the cost was a bit to high :)

Oh and I didn't want to have to need a TV licence, hence a monitor instead of a telly.

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Re: new 13" MacBook Pro performance?

Post by Per Boysen » Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:43 am

I recently upgraded to the 13" dual core 2.7 GHz i7 MBP with 4 GB ram. It is notably stronger than my Santa Rosa chip 2.2 Macbook. I went with the dual core, rather then the quadro, because of the smaller screen and the fact that I use it a lot for live playing (live input stream being processed in real-time) and the four cores can only add their additional virtual muscles when working with recorded material. Audio interface here is a RME Fireface400.

If I am careful what plugins I use the MBP is all the power I'll ever need. This is the first concert lappie I've had that brings this level of performance. HOwever, by first sight it didn't look so strong because the CPU meter was just a little bit lower than my old Macbook. But as I was adding more and more plugins the CPU meter did not rise as fast as on the Macbook. Seems it has a greater power at the higher loads? Maybe that's an effect of "the Overdrive" that I've seen mentioned here and there. Don't know exactly what The Overdrive means, but the name indicates some extra gear to kick in when it gets tough :-)
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Re: new 13" MacBook Pro performance?

Post by starving student » Sat Aug 13, 2011 9:39 pm

what do you mean by smaller screen, are you saying it has a smaller screen somehow than the quadcore 17"... shouldn't they be the same?

and also where the hell have you been? 8O

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Re: new 13" MacBook Pro performance?

Post by skatr2 » Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:21 pm

starving student wrote:what do you mean by smaller screen, are you saying it has a smaller screen somehow than the quadcore 17"... shouldn't they be the same?

and also where the hell have you been? 8O
quadcore is only on the 15" or 17". 13"s still only have dual core.

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Re: new 13" MacBook Pro performance?

Post by grooverb » Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:43 am

Per Boysen wrote: Maybe that's an effect of "the Overdrive" that I've seen mentioned here and there. Don't know exactly what The Overdrive means, but the name indicates some extra gear to kick in when it gets tough :-)
That's what the guy at the apple shop said to me about, plus its got hyperthreading which the i5 doesn't. The guy at the shop described it opening up extra lanes on the motorway when it gets busy

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Re: new 13" MacBook Pro performance?

Post by commuter » Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:17 am

That's what the guy at the apple shop said to me about, plus its got hyperthreading which the i5 doesn't.
The core I5 13" macbook pro DOES have Hyperthreading (4 threads)..i got one, and you can see them in the activity monitor..

Here's a link about the core I5 macbook pro CPU :
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Core ... 627.0.html


:-)

In the live 8 performance test , there's really a small difference in performance between the 13" core I7 and the the Core I5 one..
13" macbook pro 2,7 core I7 = 23%
13" macbook pro 2,3 core I5 = 27%
my two cents....
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Re: new 13" MacBook Pro performance?

Post by skatr2 » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:38 pm

commuter wrote:
That's what the guy at the apple shop said to me about, plus its got hyperthreading which the i5 doesn't.
The core I5 13" macbook pro DOES have Hyperthreading (4 threads)..i got one, and you can see them in the activity monitor..

Here's a link about the core I5 macbook pro CPU :
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Core ... 627.0.html


:-)

In the live 8 performance test , there's really a small difference in performance between the 13" core I7 and the the Core I5 one..
13" macbook pro 2,7 core I7 = 23%
13" macbook pro 2,3 core I5 = 27%
my two cents....
I think Groover was referencing his statement about the macbook air. i5 does not have hyperthreading. What it comes down to is (when looking at the specs)..the Airs have a slightly less capability to utilize ableton than a macbook pro from 2 years ago with an older processor and half the ram. This to me (especially with the likelihood of a new live being produced) should be enough to push anyone who wants longevity and capability into any of the macbook pro line.

EDIT: http://shawnblanc.net/2011/07/macbook-air-i5-i7/

JUST read this. i5 does now do hyperthreading. It doesn't refute my statement since the performance says even the i7 air was subpar to my older macbook pro.

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Re: new 13" MacBook Pro performance?

Post by Khazul » Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:53 pm

JAMM wrote:I,m used to working on a 15inch screen but am curious if a 13 inch screen is big enoug for serious producing and editing?
Different people have different tolerances for this - some folks are perfectly happy with the MBP13, whereas I find the 17 is the smallest Im happy to work on day in day out. To me 13/15 models are just good for DJing- each to their own.
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Re: new 13" MacBook Pro performance?

Post by grooverb » Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:04 pm

Khazul wrote:
JAMM wrote:I,m used to working on a 15inch screen but am curious if a 13 inch screen is big enoug for serious producing and editing?
Different people have different tolerances for this - some folks are perfectly happy with the MBP13, whereas I find the 17 is the smallest Im happy to work on day in day out. To me 13/15 models are just good for DJing- each to their own.
I'm doing ok with my 13" its a bit fiddly, but the screen size and resolution is fine, but like you say, different strokes for different folks.

I have to say its freaking awesome having this Mac :D I love it!!

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Re: new 13" MacBook Pro performance?

Post by commuter » Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:26 pm

here, i have a 13" early 2011 macbook pro hooked to a 20" DVi display in my studio =Perfect
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