3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 26, 2017 4:05 AM by dj_paige

    Key performance levers on new Macbook Pro




      I need to upgrade from a 2010 Macbook Pro to a new one to better handle LARGE files from a Sony 42MP camera. I currently have a backlog of 7000+ images from a long holiday so will be working in some big catalogues. I'm having a hard time understanding which upgrade options will be most critical for this work. I have no other performance needs for the machine (e.g. no games, video work, photoshop etc).


      1. I note that while the 13" models only have dual core they also have higher clock speeds - I assume that while more cores may benefit import and export I don't think Develop is generally multithreaded and hence for editing activity the i5 options may actually be BETTER?


      2. Either 13 or 15" can be specced with 16gb of RAM, which I think makes sense, but just curious whether it's overkill vs 8gb?


      3. The 15" has discrete GPU which the 13" does not. I'm not sure that this card is currently supported in Lightroom but assuming it will be as time progresses is it worthwhile? Reading up on hardware acceleration in Lightroom it doesn't sound like the nature of processing lends itself to it and that CPU and RAM are still more important? Or maybe this is shifting as Lightroom continues to develop?


      Cheers, Lachlan

        • 1. Re: Key performance levers on new Macbook Pro
          ManiacJoe Adobe Community Professional

          Memory makes a big difference. Definitely get the 16 gig.

          High-end CPUs are best. Rumor has it that 4 cores are best for LR due to performance problems with 8(?).

          The GPU may or may not help. If you don't have a 4K monitor or bigger, you probably will not see any advantage gained.

          • 2. Re: Key performance levers on new Macbook Pro
            Jao vdL Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            Agreed. The 16 gig is sort of minimal for Lightroom work. Certainly with 42 MP files. Get as fast and multicored a CPU as you can get with this machine. Lots of stuff is threaded in Lightroom and since Lightroom does well with up to 4 logical cores you don't have to worry about having too many. People with 8 cores often report very slow behavior. The discrete GPU will help quite a bit on this machine even when you don't use an external 4k or 5k display as it has a retina display itself. On such machines GPU acceleration really makes a big difference. The GPU on the 13" will also accelerate operations in Lightroom though not as well as the discrete one in the 15". So unfortunately the answer is to get it all. If I could choose only one thing, most important is to get the 16 gigs and shared second place is i7 and discrete GPU.

            • 3. Re: Key performance levers on new Macbook Pro
              dj_paige Level 9

              CPU speed is always important in Lightroom. For your very large original files, I would get the fastest CPU you can afford, but I have read the reports that more than 4 cores sometimes doesn't help and perhaps will slow you down. Adding memory will provide a secondary speed effect compared to the CPU.The GPU will speed up certain actions in the Develop Module only, if the GPU meets the specifications (and most newer GPUs do). If I could choose only one thing, it would be to get the fastest CPU you can afford.


              Catalog size has NO effect on Lightroom speed (with one exception, the speed of making a backup of your catalog file, the larger the catalog, the longer the backup takes).