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MBPR or Clevo?

Poll Results: MBPR or Clevo?

 
  • 41% (5)
    MacBook Pro Retina
  • 58% (7)
    Clevo
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post #1 of 23
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I'm going off to college in about a month, and wanted to pick up a laptop. I am going to be majoring in Game Development, however I am having a tough decision on whether I should go with a MacBook Pro with Retina display, or configure a nice Clevo (Sager/Origin/AVA).

I'd be doing mostly design work/school work, as I have my desktop to game on, however being able to game on the go would be a benefit that I would not like to loose. This notebook would have to last me a good portion of my 4 years at college, so I'm not afraid in investing money.

I am also taking weight into consideration.
post #2 of 23
are you doing the coding side of development or the graphicals stuff. If graphical i would just go with the macbook. I've enjoyed macs alot for studio and design purposes. But a pc for everything else.
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I'd go with the rMBP. What kind of games would you want to play? The rMBP is rocking an overclocked GT 650M so it should be able to handle gaming at 1440x900 pretty well.
post #4 of 23
Clevo, since I have one. Currently for about $1100 USD, you can get more than whats in my sig. (I paid much less due to my SB CPU)
post #5 of 23
bought the rmbp and returned it in under a week. 2.7/512/16.UI lag is noticeable and it gets ridiculously hot when just browsing or streaming a web video. Performance never dropped as a result though so if u don't consider heat an issue, its probably fine. osx ML has some pretty major UI lag though, and its still a bit nebulous about whether its a hardware/software issue. Some are claiming that ivy/integrated can't handle the high res screen well enough. Anyways, you won't get the refined apple experience right out of the box, and that is what threw me.

I'd say sager if the weight isn't an issue for u. Honestly I'm considering the np9150 myself, but I'll probably just wait a yr to see if manufacturers starts releasing some better ips laptops with windows 8. I'd suggest doing some research into the issues rmbp ppl are having before dumping the dough. Best of luck man!
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Originally Posted by steelbom View Post

I'd go with the rMBP. What kind of games would you want to play? The rMBP is rocking an overclocked GT 650M so it should be able to handle gaming at 1440x900 pretty well.

I would mostly be playing CS:S (I have no doubt the rMBP could handle this on max settings) and Diablo 3. If I really wanted to play other games like BF3 on high settings, I'd just use my desktop.

My main turn on to a Sager is that I can get it with a 680m and the same specs as a rMBP for about the same price as a "mid-end" configuration rMBP.
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are you doing the coding side of development or the graphicals stuff. If graphical i would just go with the macbook. I've enjoyed macs alot for studio and design purposes. But a pc for everything else.

I'm not sure what side of game development I'll be majoring in, but I do feel as if I'll enjoy the graphic side a lot more than the coding side.
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I'd suggest doing some research into the issues rmbp ppl are having before dumping the dough. Best of luck man!

Awesome suggestion, I'll look into that
Edited by OG1990sBKrandy - 8/2/12 at 8:36am
post #7 of 23
do you have a desktop? a laptop can only do so much for you. i'd go with the clevo anyways than the MBPr. better IPS screens down the road i hope so!
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post #8 of 23
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I would mostly be playing CS:S (I have no doubt the rMBP could handle this on max settings) and Diablo 3. If I really wanted to play other games like BF3 on high settings, I'd just use my desktop.
Haha yeah I reckon it'd handle that at 2880x1800 on max settings easily. Have a look here for some info on the rMBP's gaming ability: http://forum.notebookreview.com/apple-mac-os-x/673498-retina-mbp-bootcamp-overclocking-results-gaming-benchmarks.html

According to the guy the rMBP scored 20 FPS in Crysis 2 on gamer settings at native resolution. It also got 32 FPS in Crysis: Warhead at 1920x1200. Stock GPU clocks. I believe Anandtech tested Diablo 3 and got an average of 18 FPS at native resolution, I don't know what settings. But at 1440x900 or 1680x1050 it'll breeze through it too.
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My main turn on to a Sager is that I can get it with a 680m and the same specs as a rMBP for about the same price as a "mid-end" configuration rMBP.
I take it then that battery life, weight and thinness aren't relevant factors for you? If that's the case then yeah, from what I've been told the GT 650M in the rMBP is more like a GTX 660M because of the higher clock speeds but the 660M is still only roughly half as powerful as the 680M, according to notebookcheck anyway.

Will you be playing any games that the rMBP can't max at 1920x1200?
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Retina, using a gaming laptop for college is pointless and the MacBook can do all the games you listed just fine.
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post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by Limes View Post

Retina, using a gaming laptop for college is pointless and the MacBook can do all the games you listed just fine.

So, spending +/- $2500 on a "gaming laptop" for college is pointless, yet the same for a rMBP is not?
I don't get your point, sorry.

If you have a desktop to work and play on, I don't see the point in getting such a high end laptop to begin with.

If PC is an option, you can get decent Ivy i7 laptops with 1080p screens and 650-660M kepler cards with $1100-1200.
The performance will be same to "much" better than the rMBP or MBP.

If you have to have MacOS, then go in the store and play both rMBP and MBP and see if the screen worth the hassle and money.
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