2 Replies Latest reply: Dec 29, 2011 4:25 AM by OGELTHORPE
Tony Reidsma Level 1 (55 points)

Please forgive my post as I'm sure people are tired of this question, but I'd like to ask with details about how I work.


My current MBP is an early 2010 with the following:

3.06 GHZ Core 2 Duo

8 GIG ram - 1067 MHZ DDR3

NVIDIA GoForce 9600M GT 512 MB


I bought this to edit video, and it has worked great. Just a side note, I bought this and 1 month later the new i7's came out!! Ugh.


Anyway, as I was saying, it's working fine, but now that I'm using FCPX and Motion, it's acting a bit tired, and I usually get a new computer every 2 years anyway.


My question is this, will the new TOP of the line MBP provide a noticable difference from my current MBP? Or should I be leaning towards a new iMac?





MacBookPro - 15, Mac OS X (10.7.2), 3.06 GHZ - 8GIG ram
  • sig Level 8 (35,785 points)

    Probably not to noticeable. I would max out the ram and get a faster hard drive. Should you get an iMac instead? Tough to carry to Starbucks to do your work.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 (45,085 points)

    Sig obliquely raises a good point ie. iMacs do not travel well.  The issue you have to decide is performance versus portability.  You would gain a lot more performance with an iMac for the work you are doing than with a newer MBP and it would be less expensive!


    You might consider installing a SSD to speed up your current MBP.  This might be one of the few instance that would make them cost effective.


    Look at this link. It might help you gage what kind of performance increases you can expect.  The OWC website  also has bench test results