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Todd Simpson
post May 12 2016, 09:03 PM
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I recently upgrade my laptop from a dual i5 cpu to a unit with a quad core i7 cpu and WOW it makes all the difference when exporting video. Just a few minutes of video was taking several hours with just a couple of filters on it. Especially HD video. Now it's down to a few minutes. Also it's multi threaded so the laptop thinks it has 8 cpus wink.gif

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post May 12 2016, 09:53 PM
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All I have is an i3 with 4GB of ram sad.gif

Takes almost a minute just to use Windows search...


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post May 12 2016, 11:19 PM
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Did you get a retina macbook pro?

Hyperthreading is nice in many cases, but for rendering where the pipelines are full, it can take away a bit of performance.


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post May 14 2016, 03:44 AM
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I bought a used macbook pro (non retina) and loved it so much I bought a backup. LOVE the quad core i7 for rendering smile.gif After working with a dual core i3 it's just night and day in terms of performance. I put two ssd drives in the i3 and it makes a great netbook smile.gif I"m working on it now to write this. But I leave the quad cores cabled up for production. smile.gif

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Did you get a retina macbook pro?

Hyperthreading is nice in many cases, but for rendering where the pipelines are full, it can take away a bit of performance.


Egad!! The good news is you can get a used macbook pro (I"m not a windows guy) with quad core i7 for about $500 on ebay if you get a 2011 macbook pro. They are amazingly fast considering the age. I"m really shocked how little cpu performance has increased since the i7 was introduced which is probably why those old macbook pros are so popular. Fast and cheap smile.gif

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All I have is an i3 with 4GB of ram sad.gif

Takes almost a minute just to use Windows search...


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post May 14 2016, 04:46 PM
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Nice Todd! I remember when I upgraded to my quadcore i7 - still have that machine - i am typing on it now. Love it smile.gif


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post May 14 2016, 09:51 PM
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The QUAD CORE i7 is worth every penny IMHO smile.gif Also switching the boot drive to an SSD worth every penny. Just those things will make all difference.

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Nice Todd! I remember when I upgraded to my quadcore i7 - still have that machine - i am typing on it now. Love it smile.gif


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post May 15 2016, 06:18 AM
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i hear you. I've got a six core mac pro in the studio, but my development machine is a 2012 quad core 2.6 ghz i7 mbp. I bought it right before they ended production of it because I knew it would be the last quad core laptop they ever made with analog audio input, upgradable ram, optical drive, easily replaceable battery, and Kensington lock. You could argue it's been all downhill for the MacBook Pro line since then.


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post May 15 2016, 06:14 PM
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That series laptop is the sweetspot IMHO for macbooks smile.gif The new ones are moving toward being a tablet with a keyboard tacked on and the memory/etc. is permanent so you can't upgrade them. Also, the speed increases since 2012 are shockingly incremental in the quad core laptop space it seems. So spending 2.5k to get a new version of that machine just gets you more resolution on the monitor which is only so useful in music production. All part of why the 2012 mbp is sort of the "golden era" laptop for Apple smile.gif

Not to say I wouldn't take a new one smile.gif Just that I always try to squeeze every penny out of my music related funds so buying one for me just doesn't work when I could get an older one and several guitars for the same price. Apple is slowly abandoning the "Pro" market it seems and focusing on mobile which makes sense in that it's most of their profit as a company smile.gif

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i hear you. I've got a six core mac pro in the studio, but my development machine is a 2012 quad core 2.6 ghz i7 mbp. I bought it right before they ended production of it because I knew it would be the last quad core laptop they ever made with analog audio input, upgradable ram, optical drive, easily replaceable battery, and Kensington lock. You could argue it's been all downhill for the MacBook Pro line since then.



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