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mightymilk Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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Nov 8, 2012 6:36 AM

I'm having a tough time deciding between a Mac Pro and a 15" Retina MacBook Pro.


The Power, Expandability, and Storage of the Mac Pro seems like a no brainer... but the possiblity of having my workstation everywhere I go with a Retina MacBook Pro by trading off some of those things is tempting.  For me, it would have to mean fully replacing my Desktop with a Laptop. 


I'm torn because I am a power user, I run Aperture, Logic, and Final Cut almost equally.  But I'm really curious just how well the new rMBP handles this sort of work load... especially Final Cut.  I've also accepted the fact that I'm going to have to run an external Thunderbolt Drive, since the included storage just wouldn't be enough for me.


Have any power users been able to trade in their Mac Pro for a Retina MacBook Pro and not regretted it?  Anything you miss since making the move?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7), (Mid-2009 Model)
  • mishmumken Level 5 Level 5 (4,000 points)
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    Nov 8, 2012 6:59 AM (in response to mightymilk)

    No easy answer to that question but if you google MBP Retina and FCP X you should find a few comments on how people were blown away by the performance, especially with a Thunderbolt drive. But there is no way of upgrading anything in the new MBP.


    The MacPro on the other hand has not had a serious update for a while but should get one in 2013 according to Tim Cook.


    What you definitely want for FCP X is an SSD as a start-up disk and Thunderbolt storage. And max out the RAM.

  • mishmumken Level 5 Level 5 (4,000 points)
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    Nov 8, 2012 11:23 PM (in response to mightymilk)

    For use in fixed location i'd get a thunderbolt 3.5 raid. But you might get by with a mobile drive, maybe even usb 3, when you're on the go


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