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MacBook Pro Diary: Buying the 16-inch MacBook Pro, mostly for the wrong reasons

Added 12-06-19 10:31:01am EST - “I wasn't expecting to be buying the 16-inch MacBook Pro this year. To me, it seemed too small an upgrade to justify replacing a three-year-old machine ...” - 9to5mac.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From 9to5mac.com: “Buying the 16-inch MacBook Pro, mostly for the wrong reasons - 9to5Mac”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

I wasn’t expecting to be buying the 16-inch MacBook Pro this year. To me, it seemed too small an upgrade to justify replacing a three-year-old machine, so I’d planned to stick to my usual 4-5 year upgrade cycle for Macs.

I noticed that the machine never shutdown when running on power and connected to an external monitor. It did so when on battery power and then started doing so when on power but without an external monitor.

In my work environment, connected to power and external monitor, and with Photoshop running, it would be using the dedicated GPU.

In the evening, running on power but using the built-in display, with no pro apps running, it would be using the integrated GPU.

I tested this by going into System Preferences > Energy and unchecking Automatic Graphics Switching. With that unchecked, the crashes didn’t happen even when woken or restarted on battery power. The failure, then, was in the integrated GPU.

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