Macbook workflow - can it keep up with you working fast

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by bigfried, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. bigfried macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2008
    I am trying to decide if a Macbook will be sufficient for my needs. I can see from test results and many comments in these forums that the MB is pretty much on a par with the MBP in terms of processing power, taking a similar time to for example process Photoshop actions, but what concerns me is RESPONSIVENESS, what they are like to actually use to work with. Does the lack of dedicated graphics with the MB affect this.

    My limited experience with a MB in a store worried me because when I moved the sliders in iPhoto with a sample image they were slow to move and for the affect to be shown in the image, but with the MBP it was instant. Also just this simple working on a small image caused the little navigation floating palette to go weird - like interference patterns of lines for a second or so when moving the image. I guess this must be due to a lack of graphic power and I would not be able to work with this. The MB had 2Gb ram and I tried several machines, all did the same.

    So I am wondering if Macbook users could give me some feedback on real world use:

    - Editing photos in iPhoto, Photoshop CS, Lightroom and Aperture - when you get into the flow of editing and start working quickly do you have to wait for the sliders to move and are the changes to the image instant on screen.

    - how much memory do you have

    - have you seen that effect where it appears the graphics cannot keep up with your actions and you get horizontal fuzzy interference lines

    thanks for your help. I really could not work with a lag, I need to see real time changes and control movement as I am sure everyone else does, but I have not seen anyone else mention any problems. Perhaps I work TOO FAST ;)
  2. MacBooksRock macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2007
    The graphics couldn't keep up with my actions with a gig of RAM on my SR MacBook, but then I upgraded it to 4GB - not a problem now. :)
  3. krye macrumors 68000


    Aug 21, 2007
    Before I upgraded to a Mac Pro, I had my 1st gen MacBook with 2G RAM, tethered to a cinema display and used it as a desktop. I was constantly amazed at the amount of multitasking I could get done on it. I never had to wait for much. The occasional 2 hour render in iMovie or iDVD aside, the machine is a little speed demon!
  4. Matek macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2007
    The graphics card has absolutely nothing to do with the slider problem you are describing. It's only important in 3D applications and games. OS X has some 3D effects that use the actual card (like Expose and minimising), but I'll repeat - applying a filter on a file in photoshop and things like that have absolutely nothing to do with the gfx card. Your problem must be elswere.

    Were the machines both the newest model with Penryn? Perhaps the MacBook was older. You can't know how long they have been running, perhaps the MacBook was on for a couple of days and became sluggish, while the MBP was just rebooted. Perhaps one had a fresh installation of OS and the other had an old one.

    As far as memory is concerned - just get the maximum, 4 GB. Since a 2 GB stick costs 30 dollars, it would be a shame not to max it out.
  5. Tom B. macrumors 65816

    Tom B.

    Mar 22, 2006
    I'll just repeat what the others have said - my 2.2GHz MacBook was sometimes a bit slow to respond on certain occasions with the stock 1GB RAM, particularly in Office '08, but since I upgraded to 4GB of Kingston RAM, I no longer have any issues with that kind of thing.
  6. Jpoon macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2008
    Los Angeles California
    The only time I have sluggish response is with 3D games such as WoW and stuff of that sort. All the other things people are describing in this thread have no bearing on the performance of the MacBook's GPU. A MB should be plenty for whatever you may be doing, minus programs that are truly graphics intensive.

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