6 Replies Latest reply: Sep 20, 2010 4:34 AM by Chester Harlan
Chester Harlan Level 2 Level 2
I have to get a MacBook Pro 15" for my work. I'm a photographer, so I will be editing a lot of images with Photoshop, Aperture, plug-ins, etc. + I will connect a large external monitor to it.

I will also have to edit some videos in FCP but not much, and recording some audio using Logic.

My two choices are: MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz (i5) or 2.66 GHz (i7). From what I understood the 2.53 GHz (i5) is not really worthed, since there is almost no difference with the 2.4 GHz.

I was wondering if in your opinion the better graphics of the 2.66 GHz could make a big difference to me.
I don't play any games on my mac.

Thank you so much for your advises

Have a good day

BlackBook 2GB Ram, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPod Classic 160GB, Powerbook 17"-Edirol FA-66-LaCie HD's-KRK Monitors-iPhone 4
  • J D McIninch Level 5 Level 5
    The "better graphics" is mostly with regard to 3D (as it pertains to video games). It's not substantially faster, at least with regard to the 2D work that is predominant for images and normal video.

    If you are doing a lot of image work, you really want to make sure that you have lots of disk space, followed by plenty of RAM.
  • Chester Harlan Level 2 Level 2
    Thanks a lot for your answer.
    In this case the 2.4 GHz model + more RAM and a larger drive would be a better choice for me, even if I have to connect a large external display and do some heavy image editing right?
  • 88_King Level 1 Level 1
    I think you will find the only difference with the Nvidia graphic card between the i5 and i7 is the i5 have 256mb less dedicate vedio RAM than the i7 model. This mades no difference for the tasks you listed.

    Both i5 and i7 can display resolution upto 2560 X 1600, so you can connect it to a 30 inch monitor without any problem.

    I agree with you the 2.4Ghz model is a good choice, you can use the rest of the money for 6 to 8Gb of RAM upgrade.

    The i7 in my MBP only get pushed to the limit when I test software in multiple vitural windows. Most time incl working in Photoshop CS4 in virtual Windows 7, the cpu only operate around 30%. So I don’t think you will notice any performance difference with the 2.4Ghz model.
  • J D McIninch Level 5 Level 5
    Yes. More RAM and larger hard-drive. For what you specified, the processor differences will only make a marginal difference in performance. A very high-resolution monitor *with good color fidelity* would be a great idea.
  • Chester Harlan Level 2 Level 2
    You think that in case I'll start using Final Cut Pro more in the near future I might have performance problems with the 2.4 ghz model?
  • Chester Harlan Level 2 Level 2
    I got the 2.4 Ghz MacBook Pro 15". It's perfect. Thanks everybody!