Which Macbook pro is best for games development?


I'm Joy, studying in games technology. I can make simple 2d games for ios. But in future I'm going to work for 3d & powerful games. I will use Unity, Unreal Engine, 3dx max, Photoshop, AI & other tools. So I'm willing to buy a new macbook for me but I'm a bit confused that which one will be best for me. I have selected 2 macbook & I will buy the best one.

15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

2.2GHz Processor
256 GB Storage
2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz
16GB 1600MHz memory
256GB PCIe-based flash storage1
Intel Iris Pro Graphics

Built-in battery (9 hours)2
Force Touch trackpad.

And 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

2.9GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
256GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
Intel Iris Graphics 6100
Force Touch trackpad
Backlit Keyboard (Int'l English) & User's Guide (English)

So please suggest me which one will be suitable for me?


3 Answers from the Community

  • Of the two, I don't believe there is a strong argument for the two setup. You have the same memory but with different but both decent CPU performance. I would strongly suggest you consider the version with the AMD Radeon R9 M370X dedicate graphic. This is very important for 3D work. For games, image and video processing it would necessary. If there was a way to get that graphics on a 13" I would recommend that, unfortunately not and the price is quite a bit more since that configuration includes a larger flash storage. What is nice with the MacBook, you could turn on and off the dedicated graphics and test the SW for the two configurations.

    • Answered by Albert C from Huntington
    • 06 17, 15
  • Answer

    First of all, the screen size will have no factor in terms of the necessary processing power relative to the memory and processing intensity your application thrusts upon the compiler. I think in this case xCode MAY perform a little faster in certain situations running on the new quad core processor only available on the 15 inch macbook pro retina display, but all in all it most likely won't make a significant enough difference between the two models to noticeably hinder or prevent the compiling of whichever frameworks and source code you intend to use should you choose to buy the Intel Core i5 processor macbook pro as opposed to the quad core.

    • Answered by Kyle V from Takoma Park
    • 06 16, 15
  • Nothing against Macs but macs are not for heavy gaming, all though i would recommend the top one because even though its 2.2 the turbo boost is faster.

    • Answered by Dakota P from Otisfield
    • 06 30, 15