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Mar 17, 2013 15:57 |  #1

Hello there,

I am currently using an old 2008 macbook pro (silver keys). I want to get a mac mini because I do not go to school anymore and I already have an ultrasharp Dell monitor and I don't like the glossy screen of the Imacs.

What I am afraid more is the HD4000 video card that seems to make the rmbp sluggish and stuff. Even if LR4 doesn't use GPU and CS6 uses it for some filters, I do not want to be like in 2 years with an old computer because all those programs are now GPU intensive and not CPU.

I was thinking of getting the 2.3ghz quad core i7 with 16gb of ram and the 1tb fusion drive and hook it up with my 1tb usb2 external drive (for backup) and my ultrasharp monitor.

I have also read that it is better to use two separate drives than the fusion thing because read speeds of raw files won't be that good when the ssd is full...anyone can confirm this?

Is the lack of discrete graphics that bad?

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Mar 18, 2013 10:27 |  #2

Zeiterphoto wrote in post #15725360 (external link)
Is the lack of discrete graphics that bad?

Thank you

I have a 2012 Mac Mini with 16GB of RAM, powering a 27" Dell Ultrasharp IPS...the lack of discrete graphics has not slowed me down one bit using Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6.


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Mar 18, 2013 11:54 |  #3

battleborn_nevada wrote in post #15727935 (external link)
I have a 2012 Mac Mini with 16GB of RAM, powering a 27" Dell Ultrasharp IPS...the lack of discrete graphics has not slowed me down one bit using Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6.

did you get fusion drive?


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Mar 19, 2013 04:48 |  #4

The current Mini does real-time rendering with my 5Dii raw files using Aperture. Aperture's a bit faster than Lightroom because it uses the gpu for many of its functions. I bought the 2.6 gHz i7 model, installed 16 gb of RAM, then added an OWC 240 GB 6 Gb/s SSD. I initialized it and the 1 TB hard drive that came with the Mini as a 1.24 TB fusion drive. Life is good.


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Mar 19, 2013 12:14 |  #5

Tony-S wrote in post #15731137 (external link)
The current Mini does real-time rendering with my 5Dii raw files using Aperture. Aperture's a bit faster than Lightroom because it uses the gpu for many of its functions. I bought the 2.6 gHz i7 model, installed 16 gb of RAM, then added an OWC 240 GB 6 Gb/s SSD. I initialized it and the 1 TB hard drive that came with the Mini as a 1.24 TB fusion drive. Life is good.

so you recommend it to me. I will be using it with Lightroom and Photoshop because I do not have aperture...


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Mar 19, 2013 12:19 |  #6

I think if you go with the i7 and 16GB of ram you should hit that 3-4 year mark.


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Mar 19, 2013 13:02 |  #7

Zeiterphoto wrote in post #15732258 (external link)
so you recommend it to me. I will be using it with Lightroom and Photoshop because I do not have aperture...

I don't have a lot of experience with Lightroom and since I bought Aperture and the Nik software suite I almost never use Photoshop (CS5 - can't tell you the last time I launched it). But just keep in mind Adobe is falling behind in terms of using the hardware to to its maximum potential. They are still principally cpu-bound and I don't see that changing very quickly.

With any system, the spinning hard drive is the Achilles heel (provide you have enough RAM).


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