Is current Mac Mini more than enough for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by EvilEvil, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. EvilEvil, Apr 10, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2013

    EvilEvil macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2007
    New York City
    I'm a photographer and currently work off a 2009 MBP and I want to upgrade. Instead of buying a new MBP I'm thinking of going for a maxed out Mac Mini with SSD this time. Are they more than enough to handle Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CS6 or should I wait for the new MBP refresh in June?
  2. Curtiss macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2013
    Im using Lightroom and Elements on the late 2012 icore7 with 16 gig of ram. Plenty fast very happy. Ram upgrade is a must though Lightroom very slow with the 4 gigs my mini came with.
  3. gnopx macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2013
    Yes, i'm using it, i7 2.6 16gb 256ssd, daily basis, for work... It works flawlessy for 22mpix 16bit massive psd, i only have to set BASIC in ps opengl preferences!
  4. Radiating, Apr 10, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2013

    Radiating macrumors 65816

    Dec 29, 2011
    That depends which model you get.

    The 2012 Mac Mini was the first year that Apple introduced a quad core i7 processor. This nearly doubled the performance compared to previous offerings. They also offered 16GB of ram and an SSD. With the i7 processor the Mac Mini can go toe to toe with any non-workstation non-exotic computer you can buy for performance.

    Even high end desktops that use the 3770k processor only perform 14% faster and laptops can at best match it or maybe squeeze by by a little. To beat the Mac Mini by any significant magin you have to have a workstation or a ridiculously overpowered overclocked rig.

    So to answer your question, if you get the i7 model, yes it will be more than enough for ANY processor intensive task.
  5. desaturated macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2008
    I am using a new i7 2.6 to handle after effect doing a 3mins animation and it runs perfect even when i use alot of plugins like particulars and lights. Only problem is the heat generated is very hot.

    So running apps like photoshop and lightroom shouldnt be a problem.
  6. VideoBeagle macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2010
    App Q&A testing by request.
    How is the speed of render with After Effects?

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