2018 Mac Mini i5 vs i7 for Image Editing ?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mjoshi123, Oct 31, 2018.

  1. mjoshi123 macrumors 6502


    Apr 14, 2010
    I'm finally looking to trade-in my 2015 iMac Retina 5K for 2018 Mac Mini, trying to decide between i5 vs i7 for my needs.

    My current iMac configuration is
    4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.2GHz
    32GB 1867MHz DDR3 SDRAM,
    1TB Flash Storage
    AMD Radeon R9 M395X with 4GB video memory

    My primary use is going to be for Adobe Lightroom CC and Adobe Photoshop CC for image editing.
    I also have 2012 Mac Mini that I've upgraded to 16GB RAM + 1TB SSD on my own.
  2. Thornblom macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2011
    The Mac Mini used 8th gen desktop class CPUs, most people wont even need the i7. For example, Mac Mini i5 will outperform the MBP i7 in almost every way. Hyperthreading is were it’s lacking. However, 6 cores should be enouth for your needs.
  3. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2013
    Oregon, USA
    Really curious where your iMac is failing that it needs replacing already?
  4. Bendjosh macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2018
    Ditto... I'd keep your current set up.
  5. LaloG macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2013
    Thanks for posting this. I was wondering if my wife needed the i7. She’s a photographer that mainly uses Lightroom and a little photoshop. I’ll be getting her the i5, base Ram (I’ll upgrade myself), and 512 SSD. What monitors are good for photo editing that won’t break the bank. It’s gonna be a pricey holiday season :) She doesn’t need a huge screen but at least 24”.
  6. mjoshi123 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Apr 14, 2010
    Well current iMac is thru lease for my business and needs to be returned.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 31, 2018 ---
    Well Dell U series IPs or BenQ are good choice for digital image editing.
  7. Bendjosh macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2018
    DELL UP 27" Screen LED-Lit Monitor (UP2716D) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B012AQIOL8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_wiF2BbVSQETQ4

    I'm a photographer and use this. Calibrated, the color on my prints have been coming out spot on for 2 years now. It works so well even if I end up with an imac and 5k screen I would still use this for proofing my prints and sharpening.
  8. mjoshi123 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Apr 14, 2010
    Thank you all for taking time to clarify, maybe I will pre-order mine from BestBuy with i5 version.

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