Buying a new macbook pro - specs questions


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Hey community!

I'm looking to purchase a new MacBook Pro to use for my work as a designer. The most common software I work with are Rhino, adobe suit, and Vectorworks. I thought about going with the MacBook Pro 16", and am now wondering on which of the following three I should spend my money on configuration: processor, memory, graphics. I am willing to spend the money on upgrading, but can't upgrade all three to the max, so I wanted to know what is more important for me to spend my money on?

Thank you!


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Honestly, with intel based macs being on their way out and the fact you literally can't upgrade anything you really need to max out everything imo. Rhino and vectorworks are both going to be cpu, ram and gpu intensive, adobe will be more ram and gpu but will benefit from cpu too.

The issue is that mac's are now transitioning to arm and you may be better off waiting for a few more months when the new macbook pro announcements are rumoured to be coming, worst case scenario you may be able to get a deal on a macbook pro with intel


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Money wise I'd go for a pc.

New Mac m1 chip is problematic either l with Adobe software, and other non Mac software.

Honestly Mac are a waste of money


Staff member
Thanks! and if I must buy it now, what your recommendations be? how much ram/cpu/gpu to upgrade for.
I wouldn't be buying a mac either, the macbook pro would throttle/overheat with the cpu I'd pick when doing anything cpu intensive for long periods and the cost of ram upgrades is just stupid (it does not cost £800+ for 64GB of ram). To get the spec I would be going for is £4,699.... I'm sorry but I can spec a windows desktop that is at least 2x faster for less and it would be much better choice for your cad programs. Depending on which adobe programs you'd likely see a benefit there too.

[specs for reference]
  • 2.3GHz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz
  • 64GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory
  • AMD Radeon Pro 5600M with 8GB of HBM2 memory
  • 2TB SSD storage
  • 16-inch Retina display with True Tone
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Backlit Magic Keyboard - British


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This is just an indicative spec - you can spec it out more from the link
It would be fantastic for any work.

Chassis & Display
Ionico Series: 15.6" Matte QHD 165Hz sRGB 100% LED Widescreen (2560x1440)
Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen™ 9 Eight Core Processor 5900HX (3.3GHz, 4.6GHz Turbo)
Memory (RAM)
64GB Corsair 2666MHz SODIMM DDR4 (2 x 32GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 3070 - 8.0GB GDDR6 Video RAM - DirectX® 12.1
1st M.2 SSD Drive
1TB SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3500MB/R, 3300MB/W)
1st M.2 SSD Drive
1TB SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3500MB/R, 3300MB/W)
Thermal Paste
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 7 to 9 working days
Price: €2,647.00 including VAT and Delivery
Unique URL to re-configure:!tmM7hTQBw/

And this is the price of the Mac with similar specs