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thinking of getting macbook pro retina 13'' or 15''

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I'm switching over to Mac laptops for Uni since where I plan to go the Mac ecosystem is much larger; 4:1 ratio of macs to windows, and the CS class is basically all Mac computers...

I want to be able to play League of Legends at native resolution (1280x800 on 13'', 1440x900 on 15'') and thus would really appreciate if someone could let me know if LoL would run at those resolutions.

The 13'' has the intel iris 5100 graphics, but the 15'' has the intel iris pro 5200 graphics chip (the model with dedicated graphics is way to expensive for me to even think about).

Thoughts?
post #2 of 54
A friend of mine has the first-gen 13" retina. It runs LoL just fine.
Edit:
1280x800 is not the native resolution for the 13", but it is the same aspect ratio.
post #3 of 54
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awesome! That's all I wanted to know smile.gif

I'll go with the 13'' then.
post #4 of 54
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Actually, I just saw the price of a refurbished MacBook pro retina 15 inch and it's quite close to the price of the 13 inch with apple care...

Would it be worth to drop getting the 15 inch instead?

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Originally Posted by dizfunction View Post

I'm switching over to Mac laptops for Uni since where I plan to go the Mac ecosystem is much larger; 4:1 ratio of macs to windows, and the CS class is basically all Mac computers...

I want to be able to play League of Legends at native resolution (1280x800 on 13'', 1440x900 on 15'') and thus would really appreciate if someone could let me know if LoL would run at those resolutions.

The 13'' has the intel iris 5100 graphics, but the 15'' has the intel iris pro 5200 graphics chip (the model with dedicated graphics is way to expensive for me to even think about).

Thoughts?

The 13" model should do the trick.
post #6 of 54
So here's the breakdown:
When I had a 15" Retina, I loved it. The weight was fine, the size was fine, everything about it was fine. It does all my day to day tasks perfectly fine. I had to sell it due to financial constraints but the one I had was the Early 2013 one with the 650M 1GB which is way better than Iris Pro. That being said, the Iris Pro is about 30-40% better than the Iris 5100. Combine that with quad-core and 8GB standard and you get quite a boost for the $400 difference.

However, this all depends on what you're going to play. If you're really only going to play League, I'll save you some time:
Neither the 15" or the 13" will be able to run LoL at maxed settings at Retina resolution without stuttering. The shadows are going to be what slows it down. So really, you won't notice much of a performance difference playing LoL on either the 15" or the 13". But with other apps? You'll definitely notice it.

These are the games you can play comfortably on the 13":
Rust
Borderlands 2 Low/Med
Half Life 2 series
League of Legends
DOTA 2 dialed down/medium (It runs sluggish even with 40+ FPS)
Amnesia
COD Black Ops
COD Ghosts on Low (Actually doesn't look that bad)
BF4 on a mixture of medium/low (Also doesn't look that bad)
CS: Go
D3 on Medium/High
Bioshock Infinite Low/Med
Can even play Skyrim on Low/Med

On the 15", the same games but one setting higher and some games become 100% playable: DOTA 2 becomes playable on High, Bioshock Infinite on High/Ultra, Borderlands 2 on High.

What else are you going to be doing with the machine? If you're going to be writing code and maybe rendering, you should consider the 15". It's a lot more "power built" and it's actually not THAT much heavier than the 13".

Also definitely get a keyboard cover. Water on keyboards is a DEATH sentence for MacBooks. Literally, good bye $1200 if you spill water on the keyboard, the logic board is dead.

And I love my Mac! Even as a PC gamer, my philosophy is:
I can play the games I want to play good enough to enjoy them but everything else I do with my laptop is WAY better because it's a Mac (At least for me). Productivity, word processing, editing, writing, even browsing the internet just feels and looks better.
post #7 of 54
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I wouldn't be playing League at full resolution :-P just at the 1280x800 or 1440x900 resolution.

I'd mainly be playing League and compiling code when it comes to actually intensive stuff. Browsing the Web and using word are things most pc can do and so there's really no point discussing those.

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post #8 of 54
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I'm sorry for posting so much but I just went on eBay and saw the 2012 MacBook pro retina model with integrated graphics for 1450 @_@

I'm now in the delimma of buying that or buying something current generation...

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I'm sorry for posting so much but I just went on eBay and saw the 2012 MacBook pro retina model with dedicated graphics for 1450 @_@

I'm now in the delimma of buying that or buying something current generation...

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How much are you paying for the 13" Macbook Pro and 15" Macbook Pro?
     
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K  P8Z68-V LX Galaxy Geforce GTX 670 Kingston 8GB RAM  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
SanDisk SDSSDP-064G-G25 OCZ Vertex 450 128GB WD 1TB HDD 5400 RPM Windows 8 Pro 64-bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell e2414h monitor  Vizio VO22LFHDTV10A 22" Logitech G710+ Corsair HX750 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
CM Storm Enforcer Logitech G700s Logitech Soft Cloth Mouse pad Sennheiser HD 558 
Audio
Creative Sound Blaster Z 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i7 3630m NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660m 2GB 6GB RAM MyDigitalSSD mSATA 240GB 
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750GB HDD Windows 8  
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