A review on a computer this expensive that lacks benchmarks or anything definitive is pretty scarey. There are also no detailed specs on the CPU or Ram or GPU
The GPU is well known, An NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching.
The RAM of the Macbook Pro Retina is 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory, that cannot be upgraded, either 8gb or 16gb.
Clicking the mark as good answer button helps us highlight the best answers.
I am not sure I would call GDDR5 slowish vram, thankfully it is not the DDR3 that is seen on a lot of 650M kepler chips.
It is hard to find low level specs including timings, and maybe GDGT will eventually expand to include detailed specs like that (You can always suggest it at gdgt.com/feedback )
Jgstew is right though, for now you may have to peruse iFixit or a similar site to get that level of hardware information, since the majority of Apple users will not care about it
As for the GPU, I know its well known, thought we could see frequency specs or whql customizations. The "automatic switching" is required because of battery life and obv isn't the preferred graphics solution.
Geekbench doesns't really show us much other than relativity. Would be great to see some encoding or real benchmarks done on this box.
I've seen alot of people say how awesome this display is but I'd assert her that serious VRAM issues exist and the cpu would likely struggle.
Feels like if any other company released this machine they'd get killed on the price and apple gets yet another pass. a 2.6 ghz ivy with 1g vram and that big of a rez? How could this machine ever feel "fast" in video encoding I have no idea. I await a more complete review elsewhere.
The RAM is dual channel, not single channel, but there are no modules, it is soldered into the motherboard.
I also don't think its too much to ask for detailed specs, ram voltages and timings aren't mysterious or complicated.
Once again, this is a 3000 dollar 15" quad core @ 2.6G with 1G of slowish VRAM. Yet it get's a must have.
So why? What am I missing and where are the benchmarks in video encoding or SSD read/write speeds or incredible video performance or 64bit benchmarks that crush?
Yes Anandtech is probably a better site for some of these answers but darnit' I like GDGT! And want it to be great and continue to grow and be great. I do think looking at the models set by HardOCP, Anand, and PCPer in doing system reviews is probably something worth following even though mimicking is not expected.
All of this is pure feedback as a reader id like to get the most detailed information. I didnt even ask who makes the ram or what controller is used for switching graphics or what sort of latency we see in the sata6 ports because obv there are issues there too. But I think the kinds of discovery questions asked here are helpful in the long run to all readers. Thanks to all for replies/discussion. GDGT rules!
Apple minimizes focus on specs as much as possible, and yet, I like the build quality and performance of Macs more so than PCs in most cases, even when both are running Windows 7. PCs have a lot more options for very high end specs, but that does not and should not matter for most people.
The price of this Macbook pro and Apple's marketing does focus this for high end users for Video & Photo work. This is an area where benchmarks matter much more so, but if your considering a Macbook in the first place, this seems like the obvious choice for high end users, and I think that is the point the GDGT review makes.
There are 2 main reasons I much prefer a Macbook over a PC that do not show up in benchmarks typically, the display and the trackpad. I don't think any PC Laptop rivals Apple in those 2 places, and those are the ones that matter the most to me day to day.
As for benchmarks- I do not expect the author to personally do benchmarks but to at least take them into consideration when doing the review. I know that a lot of other articles and reviews (of which a few have some basic benchmarks) but these articles all pretty much say the same thing in more words as this review.
So my .02 is this looks like a nice, pricey ultra book but I can't tell how good it will actually encode audio/video or play DX11 games in HD or how well it earns its lofty price tag because their are no include hardware specs or benchmarks.
If you are going to do a review on a system and people want more information, you can't blame those people. 3000 dollars buys a ton of computer hardware so yeah, it is fair to wanna take a real close look at it.
If you have any suggestions on extra information you'd like to see on our specs page jump over to gdgt.com/feedback and let us know!
8 users following this question:
This question has been viewed 674 times.
Last activity .