3 Replies Latest reply on Jun 12, 2015 6:59 AM by dj_paige

    New MacBook Pro 13 inch features for Lightroom

    corot22 Level 1

      I am purchasing a MacBook Pro retina 13 in, I will get a 512gb hd and 16 gb ram however not sure if to get the i5 or i7 processor

       

      main needs are or Lightroom and elements and plugins

       

      thanks

        • 1. Re: New MacBook Pro 13 inch features for Lightroom
          crookesm Level 1

          I think the 16GB RAM makes more of a difference than the i5 or the i7. I have the i7 but I noticed a massive difference following the recent upgrade to LR - I understand that it now uses the GPU rather than the CPU for most operations.

          • 2. Re: New MacBook Pro 13 inch features for Lightroom
            dj_paige Level 9

            Since most operations in Lightroom require a fast CPU, I would get the fastest CPU you can afford.

             

            There are many web sites that perform benchmarks of different CPUs, and also rank the CPU according to speed per dollar spent (or some similar measure). While none of these benchmarks is specifically for Lightroom, I would say it is still true that the fastest CPUs will perform better with Lightroom than a slower CPU.

            • 3. Re: New MacBook Pro 13 inch features for Lightroom
              dj_paige Level 9

              I understand that it now uses the GPU rather than the CPU for most operations.

              The GPU is used for SOME operations in the develop module. It is not used outside the develop module. Furthermore, according to Eric Chan, the biggest improvements in speed from using the GPU will be seen on 4K and 5K monitors, and if you have an ordinary 1080p monitor, you will get only minor benefits from the GPU, and you might actually be better off if you disable the GPU acceleration in Lightroom. See GPU notes for Lightroom CC (2015)