Mac Mini for Adobe CS5 Suite

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by holme73, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. holme73 macrumors newbie

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    I'm looking to upgrade my old mac, to a machine capable of running Adobe CS5 (mainly Photoshop, Indesign, Dreamweaver and Illustrator - all open together).

    I've come from a PowerMac G4 Quicksilver, to a Mac mini C2D 1.83 - which was supposed to be a short term solution, but I'm still running it after 2+ years. Whilst it runs the software, it does suffer with large files and also with all the packages open at once.

    iMacs look great machines, but I cannot live with the glossy screen in my work environment (why i ended up with the mac mini).

    How would the new Mac mini's run this software. I don't do any heavy movie editing (just the odd holiday HD video in iMovie). I'm tempted by the mac mini server version with the quad core i7, as it's a quad and has faster drives - but will photoshop suffer from the lower graphics capability.

    Would the dual core i7 2.7 be better?

    I'd add an SSD at a later date, and would run 8gb Memory from the start.
     
  2. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    Any of them are more than good enough for what you do and way faster than what you've been using.
     
  3. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    I'd recommend the $799 model with the discrete graphics. It'll be helpful especially when Adobe's programs do graphics card-assisted processing. But for 90% of things, any of the models would be great for it. I'd max out the RAM (8GB) on whichever model you choose. After-market RAM is available from Amazon, NewEgg, etc... for approx $45 for an 8Gb set.
     
  4. Oracle1729 macrumors 6502a

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    Unless you're doing 3D rendering in the graphics card, you're not even really using the graphics card except to dump pixels to the screen.

    Do you have a link about this. My understanding was CS5 doesn't do processing in the graphics card, though I know it's certainly possible to. I'm just curious to read about it if it does.
     
  5. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/404/kb404898.html is the best article I could find. Seems support is indeed limited, though.
     
  6. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    As long as you are not using After Effects a mini should be just fine.
     
  7. holme73 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the feedback. I'll look at the stock server model and upgrade to 8gb. Sounds like it'll be more than powerful enough and be good for a few years to come.
     
  8. accessoriesguy macrumors 6502a

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    you can get the higher end mini, upgrade it for $100 to 2.7 i7 for $899, its cheaper and more powerful. You would also get that much nicer GPU, i know a lot of people say that unless you plan on using them there is no point. But in reality all laptops are getting GPU's now a days and they are being more and more useful and can actually can help processor functions. It's not a bad investment, since things always get graphically more intense.

    if we are just starting to stream low level HD content now, imagine how things will be in the future? plus you could always get into 3D design too :p
     
  9. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    I don't know why on earth you made those assumptions as they are wrong. The 2.7 i7 is a dual core CPU where as the server model has a 2.0 quad core CPU which is more powerful. Not to mention a dedicated GPU is not always needed. It all depends on ones uses and whether they are GPU intensive or CPU intensive. Streaming HD content doesn't typically need a dedicated GPU either. All in all what you said doesn't make sense.
     

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