MacPro Configuration for Aperture/Photoshop

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by speekez, Dec 4, 2006.

  1. speekez macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2003
    Greetings All.

    I'm preparing to purchase a new Mac Pro in the next month or so. Photoshop and Aperture will be used on this machine. I'll be pairing it with a desktop LCD monitor, probably a 23" ACD.

    I'd be curious to hear from other users, particularly Aperture and Photoshop users. Per the advice of others, I'm leaning towards the following configuration:

    2.66GHZ (3ghZ comes at a pretty hefty mark-up and the gains don't seem substantial).

    4GB RAM (I've read that RAM should be installed in matched pairs, so 4 x 1GB. I'll order the machine with the base 2 x 512MB and order the RAM elsewhere, as it will be cheaper. Would it be bad to keep the 2x512MB and add it to the 4x1GB for a total of 5GB? I know that might upset the 256bit memory architecture. Otherwise, I guess I could see the 2x512MB

    Radeon X1900 - (I heard this upgrade is recommended for Aperture)

    Hard Drive - I'll go with the stock drive and add later.

    So I'd love to hear from other users, particularly on RAM or any other thoughts
  2. JasperJohnSon macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2006
    You just described my setup exactly. I purchased my system about 3 months ago and have been using Photoshop CS2.

    Since the last update to the OS I've started noticing increasing instability, though I haven't had much time to test what's going on. That said, I would describe the performance as marginal.

    The software runs under Apple's emulator Rosetta, and until Adobe ships a new version of the CS we just have to suffer through it.

    I have no experience with Aperture, but unless it's been updated recently I would be prepared for similar marginal performance.
  3. speekez thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2003
    Thanks Jasper

    So, did you buy 4 GB direct from Apple or did you order the base config and sell off the 2 x 512MB and purchase the 4GB elsewhere?
  4. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.
    mAxDaRam.....4GB minimum now, the more the merrier your apps will be

    Get multiple HD's..... 1 for OS X & apps only, 1 for PS/Apeture scratch disk, and 1 for storage of your work. Maybe even 1 more for back-ups, maintenance etc

    mAxDaGpU.....PS wont care but Apeture WILL!!!!
  5. JasperJohnSon macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2006
    Nah, I don't get fancy with the hardware - I got it all from Apple. I'm kinda a knucklehead when it comes to gear and that seemed like the easiest way.

    I've heard that juicing up the ram helps with rosetta, but not having tried running the aps with less, it's hard for me to say. (Still, if the lags I'm getting with 4gigs is "good", I'd hate to try it with less.)

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