Can someone run a really basic benchmark for me? (Adobe CS2 + Intel iMac)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Chrispy, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. Chrispy macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    Hello. For all those who have Adobe CS2 installed on the new Intel iMacs, can you please open Photoshop CS2 and then InDesign CS2 and see how long it takes to program to load from click to being ready to go. I am trying to decide how bad the performance really is. Also when you have a page layout open in InDesign, does it get choppy when you zoom and move around the page? Here are my startup times on a 1.33GHz iBook with 512 RAM

    Photoshop CS2 - 25 seconds
    InDesign CS2 - 27 seconds

    Please note your CPU speed on the Core Duo processor and how much ram you have. Thanks!
  2. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    Chrispy, I'd suggest a few more benchmarks than just that which will take a while since it's got to be translated into Rosetta. And which you probably only do once a day.

    It appears that the first run of any action in a session will be slowest but then that action's translation is stored in memory so should be faster next time.

    I'd suggest asking someone to run a gaussian blur, resize and rotate an image - and then run the same things on another similar image and compare how fast they are.
  3. bigfib macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2006
    The biggest rosetta slow-down is during opening. On mine cs2 takes 22 seconds, but you'll find photoshop considerably faster than on your g3 once it is open, as long as you have at least 1GB.
    I have a 17" 1.83 Ghz 1G5. Sorry, don't have indesign.
  4. Chrispy thread starter macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    I have a G4, but I assume that is what you meant. 22 seconds is still a faster startup than my G4 iBook with a 7200 RPM hard drive and if that is when the biggest slow-down occurs then that is not bad. I was interested in startup times becuase I figured that would be the time when rosetta is working the hardest. Keep the numbers coming all :)
  5. Josiah4128 macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2005
    Boulder, CO
    Photoshop CS2/In Design CS2 Start-up

    Photo Shop CS2/ 1st start-up: 21 Seconds

    After that...

    InDesign: 8 Seconds
    PS 2: 12 Seconds

    17" iMac Duo
    1.5 Gb RAM
  6. shrimpdesign macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2005
    I'm installing CS2 right now ... I'll post here in a moment.

    [EDIT] It took about 35-45 seconds on a 17" with 512 RAM. This was the first time I opened it.
  7. overbyte macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2003
    desperate to upgrade from 1.25 ghz alubook

    but the thought of running illustrator cs2 and spudshop cs2 under rosetta gives me cold shivers

    i'm really interested to hear about their speed under rosetta and also any compatibility problems (that have been rumoured).

    hope you guys can help :confused:

  8. AJBMatrix macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2006
    Athens, Georgia
    Most of the things I have heard, I have never experienced when I ran CS2 under Rosetta. It was rather zippy. I did not notice a definative speed decrease and if anything it was slightly faster. It is not my computer so I will have to get my friend to run it for you but I will do that later this week. Or if I get my MBP in I will run it. It is not as bad as some people say it is. Never once had it crash on me.
  9. qua macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2006
    Photoshop CS2 Comparison

    Mixed bag here: Photoshop CS2 speed test
    Quicksilver tower 733 upgraded to 1.47 / 1.5gig RAM / 7200HD (my baby)
    Open Photoshop first time - 25"
    Open 225mb file first time -12"
    Shadow/Highlight command with two adjustments - 30"

    MacBook Dual 2.0 / 2gig RAM / 7200HD
    Open Photoshop first time - 40"
    Open same 225mb file - 12"
    Same Shadow/Highlight command with two adjustments - 20"

    I worked for a few minutes on the file. The primary gain while stuck working in Rosetta seems to be in actually working on large files in Photoshop.

    Of course, system operations are much snappier. Also, I'm not ssure why, being a laptop does seem to mean something. My 800 iBook never ran Photoshop CS1 near as fast as my 733 tower.

    ps- if anyone has AOL an needs help getting it installed on one of these - I have all the required standing on one's head, rubbing your belly while reciting the pledge of allegence guidelines. What a trip.
  10. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Photoshop CS2 first time takes 21 secs to open on my Imac 2ghz, with 2gb Ram.
    Second time = 11 secs.

    Indesign CS2 first time = 22 secs
    Second time = 6 secs
  11. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    Chrispy, I know this isn't what you wanted, but it seems weird that your iBook is taking that long to open PS and InDesign...I opened the both and:

    Photoshop CS2: 16 seconds
    InDesign CS2: 13 seconds

    I opened InDesign AFTER I had closed Photoshop, so that might make a difference....I don't know.

    I only have the 4200RPM HD and 768MB RAM.
  12. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004

    cool, maybe you could start a thread on that so it would show up easier if somebody is searching for that
  13. AJBMatrix macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2006
    Athens, Georgia
    Start up first time:

    Photoshop CS2: 28 sec

    2nd time: 26 sec

    It does not feel all that slow as some people are saying. It actually feels faster than my old P4 2.8 GHz
  14. slazareth macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2006

    That seems to be quite the opposite of what I've been hearing from users in this forum. I think a big thing for rosetta is that you need lots of ram. They list as having 2GB of RAM, so that shouldn't be a problem. However, if you read in this thread here, towards the end. People are posting their benchmarks on intel iMacs and MacBook Pros. Definitely give it a look. I think you'll be suprised at how well the intels are keeping up with (and in some cases surpassing) the PPCs.

    Here's the thread.

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