Macbook specification for editing

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by i-sidd, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. i-sidd macrumors 6502a

    Apr 27, 2006
    I am planning on getting a new13" macbook pro soon. I will have lightroom and silver efex pro2 and color efex.

    What specification do you suggest for these programs to run fast and smooth?

    I have heard that silver efex pro 2 is slow, on various forums. Is this to do with underpowered computers or the program itself no matter how fast the computer.

    Kindly suggest
  2. adversus macrumors regular


    Sep 11, 2009
    Portland, OR
    I use Aperture, so not sure if Lightroom uses GPU acceleration or not. I do quite a bit of editing on my 15" Macbook with the following specs:

    2.53GHz Core 2 Duo
    4GB RAM
    250gb HDD (Hitachi)
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M

    It works well, I do get some slow-downs when I get doing really heavy editing in Aperture (saying 20-30 brushstrokes deep in a Re-Touch), but overall it runs fine.
  3. Nostromo macrumors 65816


    Dec 26, 2009
    Deep Space
    Max out the ram - under $100 at - and you should be fine.
  4. Shadow%20Mac macrumors demi-god

    Dec 28, 2007
    I use lightroom quite regularly and these specs work just fine for me. It's very snappy and rarely lags.

    2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo
    8GB DDR3 RAM @ 1066 MHz
    320GB HD @ 5400 RPM (Hitachi)
    Nvidia 320M (256 MB VRAM)

    Get as much memory as possible. 8GB was the max when I bought it.
  5. Nostromo macrumors 65816


    Dec 26, 2009
    Deep Space
    I'd spend the extra $100 and get the 750 Gb hard drive.
  6. c1phr macrumors 6502

    Jan 8, 2011
    ^^ This

    The way Lightroom works, it uses lots of drive writes. The only slowdown I notice with my 2010 MBP is my drive's super slow read/write times. If you feel confident enough to upgrade your own or have a friend that can do it for you, you may want to go that route rather than pay the marked-up Apple upgrade price.

    Get something big to store all your photos and fast for Lightroom performance.

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