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Joe Marler
Re: FAO Bill - or anyone looking at the new MacBook Pro....
on Feb 13, 2017 at 1:40:33 pm

[Tom Sefton] "Around the 12min mark it gets interesting. Fcpx gets huge performance from a laptop with less ram and a huge GPU disadvantage,"

Note he was testing the top-spec Razer Blade Pro against a mid-spec MBP. The top-spec MBP using 2.9Ghz CPU and Radeon Pro 460 would have been considerably faster than the MBP he tested, and it would have still cost $830 *less* than the Razer Blade Pro (at current US prices). This is very different from the Mac stereotype of "it's lighter, thinner, and looks great but it's more expensive". In this case a top-spec Apple solution would have cost 22% less and weighed 90% less.

Since he didn't test the top-spec MBP it's unclear what the performance difference would have been, but the GeekBench 4 GPU test shows the Radeon Pro 460 is about 26% faster than the Radeon Pro 455 he used. The hulking GTX-1080 in the Windows machine would have still been faster on some tests but the difference would have been less.

He also didn't test battery life, but on tests by laptopmag.com, the 2016 15" MBP lasted 10 hr 32 min vs the Razer Blade Pro lasting 2 hr 45 min. So the GTX-1080 looks really good until you have to provide power and use it in a real world environment.

That said, several of his tests were skewed by FCPX's better performance which wasn't really fair if it's intended as a laptop hardware test.


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