Is the extra 2.7 vs 2.6 bump worth the 250 EU that I am seeing on the FR apple website? My tech guru says it would not be a noticeable difference...although I tend to max out when I can as is am all about longevity, just seems like a tiny increase. Not sure why they even offer the option.
Anyways, we finally got our display model in of the MBPR yesterday and good lord that is a gorgeous notebook and a gorgeous screen.
For those buying for R3D workflow use or other intense applications, the 16GB RAM is an absolute must-have and so is the 2.6GHz CPU. The two extras that are not necessary are the 768GB flash storage upgrade and the 2.7GHz CPU upgrade. I would go for the 2.7GHz CPU before opting for the 768GB SSD upgrade. That extra 256GB is negligible. 512GB is plenty of space to hold OS, apps and a few other rings. Adding another 256GB isn't enough to turn it into a real chunk of workspace storage or anything like that.... Now if you primarily work with audio only or smaller work that can easily fit within those confines, then it probably is a good upgrade. The 768GB is also something that should be considered for two other factors -- It can be advantageous if you will run bootcamp and keep a Windows partition on the system -- it will also be somewhat advantageous down the road in terms of resale value. I try not to think about buying for eventual resale though. If managed properly and if you're really using your systems, they should pay for themselves a few times over within their service lifespan.
I ordered the RetinaBook fully loaded:
2.7GHz Core i7
27" Thunderbolt Display
My wallet hurts (a lot) but this is an investment in both my filmmaking career and my graphic design business. Can you say "tax write-off"? :)
Damn, I need a new laptop for the field....unfortunately the ship times on this are a drag. Have a shoot coming up in 2 weeks that would really benefit from this awesome computer. Anyone found a way to get Apple to expedite orders
If you have a local Apple Store, talk to them. They may be able to get you one in time for your shoot... Stores have stock coming in at regular intervals and the wait-list at your local store for the config you want may not be too long. You may score one quicker that way compared to ordering online now.
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