mac mini and photoshop.

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by fyrmedic, Oct 19, 2005.

  1. fyrmedic macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2005
    would the new rumored mac mini at 1.5Ghz with the 64mb video card and 1 gig of ram. run photoshop CS2 and a 23" apple display at a usable speed. I am currently using and 15"g4 powerbook at 1.25GHz with1.25gig of ram. I am not sure how fast my hard drive is or what video card is in it. I cannot afford the power workstation at two grand and I would like to free up my laptop for field editing of photos. the power book/display thing is slow but not completely painful. any help or suggestions. :confused:
  2. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    well, the thing about Photoshop is, how big are the files you are planning to work on?

    Up until last june I was using a G3 400 iMac at it was just fine running photoshop......with files that were like 10 or 20 meg.....but it really was slow with that 640meg file!!!! it did what i needed to do to it....but whew!!!

    so the Mini, a much faster and better machine, will be great with plenty of potential photoshop just depends on what you plan to use it for
  3. joecool85 macrumors 65816


    Mar 9, 2005
    Its not going to be better than your current PB. It will be almost exactly the same from what I understand.
  4. fyrmedic thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2005
    Thats kinda what I thought. It won't be THAT bad untill I can get a tower in a year or so.
  5. Trout74 macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2005

    I play music, and have safari open and run iPhoto all at once and my mini seems very snappy. I only have 512MB ram, I think you will be fine. The mini is very powerful for what it is, heck 2-3 years ago, the mini would be the Top of the line and everyone was fine back then.
  6. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020


    The mini is fine.

    I use one in a production environment. Just get enough RAM. With the slow laptop hard-drive in it, you want to limit disk access as much as possible.
  7. fyrmedic thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2005
    Hey jay what do you mean by limit disk access. the rumored hard drive speed will be 74/7500 rpm. Is that slow?
  8. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020


    The one in my mini is 5400 rpm. I wasn't aware that they upgraded them. If you don't have enough physical memory RAM, the machine uses virtual memory, essentially dumping the information to the hard-drive for later retrieval. Having to access a drive is considerably slower than accessing RAM. If you have to do it often on a slow drive, your performance will suffer. 7500 is better. 10,000 is GREAT.

    RAM is your friend.
  9. fyrmedic thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2005
    Thanks. I think the mini(if the rumors are true) will have to due for a while. Is it possible to upgrade video cards in the mini?
  10. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020


    Not at the present. The mini is essentially an iBook without the screen.

    I have a gig of RAM in this one and routinely have Photoshop, Quark, Illustrator, Safari, Entourage, Suitcase, Acrobat and iTunes running at the same time. Sometimes Classic with Quark 5 are running as well. It seldom bogs down, but with half that much RAM it was unbearable when I had to start up Classic.
  11. fyrmedic thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2005
    thanks for all the help I think the new mini will be it. I Just hope it is not two long before it is offical. I have to get one from a mac store becuse it has to be leaked into the house.(wife factor) :D
  12. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2005
    Actually the mini had 4200RPM harddrives like the iBook and rev C and earlier Powerbooks. The updated one, which is still not on the Apple website, is going to have a 5400RPM HD like the Rev D Powerbooks and part of the Rev E Powerbooks.

    BTW: It is not 74/7500 RPM harddrives, it is 7200 RPM harddrives. HD come in these basic speeds that everyone should know
    4200/5400/7200/10000/15000. No need for any confusion on the numbers. Now all I need is the 17" Powerbook with 7200 RPM 100GB HD.
  13. slipper macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2003
    Its impossible for us to give you an accurate opinion unless you give us more information about how you will be using your computer and photoshop.
  14. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020


    A nice workaround with the mini is to have a fast, external firewire hard-drive that photoshop uses for its main scratch disk.
  15. Zaty macrumors 65816

    Mar 14, 2004
    Officially, yes. Yet Apple has been using 5400 RPM 40 GB HDs since the mini came out in January. However, 80 GB HDs have usually been 4200 RPM only up until now. :)

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