Hi, it's Tomo.
I've been using the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2016 late model for almost 3 years.
Recently, I use Unity and 3DCG for my work but I was feeling that my MacBook Pro's power is not enough to building app/rendering 3D CG. Those can be made speed up more.
At this April, I bought an eGPU and it made my MacBook Pro faster especially for rendering move and editing unity. But I still need more CPU power to building/rendering.
At June, Apple released new MacBook Pro series. I really wanted an 8-core MBP but it cost $450,000 and more 😥
So I decided to buy the certified refurbished version !!!
MacBook Pro 15-inch was under $300,000
These are the spec of MBP I bought.
- CPU : Core i7 6core 2.2GHz
- GPU : Radeon Pro 555X
- Memory : 32G
- SSD : 512G
I really want a 13-inch with 32G memory version but Apple doesn't sell that kind of series. So I had to choose 15-inch MBP whatever.
I searched about benchmark tests and **found out that 15-inch MBP 2018 is faster 13-inch MBP 2019. ** And prices are same those two MBP. That is one of the reasons why I chose that one.
Certified Refurbished is good?
This is just my understanding; Certified Refurbished is kind of official Apple's second hand. But it has got a 1-year warranty and you can buy an Apple Care in addition.
This is a box for Certified Refurbished MBP. It seems different from brand new one's box. The certified refurbished version has just printed a text instead of a photo but it' still looking good.
My own Certified Refurbished MBP is almost fine except Touch ID button. The button is slightly ratted. In the first place, MBP's keyboard has problems so I don't care about it lol.
I compared rendering speed using with Maya + Arnold. It became almost 4x faster from before.
24 seconds ー＞ 6 seconds
The image I rendered is this one.
I also compared the building speed of Unity. The test I did is press command + B and count until finish Xcode building to launch on my iPhone.
The speed became 2x faster.
2 mins ー＞ 50 seconds
Apple discount 1/2/4T SSD options
The day I bought my BMP, Apple released a new lineup and discount SSD options. I was looking for new 13-inch BMP has a lineup that is a non-Touch bar with 32G memory model but they didn't.
But now 13-inch quad core MBG 2018 with 16G memory and 1T SSD model became good price too.
In 2014, the MacBook is a very reasonable price with good specs and has a cool design. But now a day, I can't use Nvidia's GPU for Mac and price is so high. I think if you don't need to use Xcode, a windows gaming laptop is better.
Anyway, I got more power
I got new BMP and the speed so what I need to do now is, more output with Unity/Maya lol.