photoshop creative cs3 vs Mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by cptcherilyn, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. cptcherilyn macrumors newbie

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    I have a Black MacBook and I bought it as I am a student "lightly" studying/playing with some photos and websites. I am really interested in buying CS3 creative suite however I have heard that you need a MacBook Pro to run it? Is this true? I know itd be a little slower, but can it run it?

    help :S

    thanks :)
     
  2. eXan macrumors 601

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    Nothing in CS3 benefits from dedicated graphics card, so your MacBook is just as fast in it as a comparable MBP.
     
  3. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816

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    Yep, just load up on 3rd party RAM.
     
  4. logana macrumors 65816

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    You don't say what speed processor is in your BlackBook but CS3 works fine in a 1.83 Core Duo MacBook and works better in a 2.4 Core 2 Penryn.

    Get at least 2GB ram and it will be fine....
     
  5. cptcherilyn thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. mustangsally82 macrumors member

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    I think you'll be fine: I'm currently limping along on my G4 PowerBook I bought in March, 2004. It is maxed out at 768 MB RAM, and it runs CS3 just fine. It's slow, but it gets the job done.

    That being said, I can't wait for Tuesday! :D I love my PowerBook, but I'm ready for some speed!
     
  7. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

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    whoever said you need to have a mbp to run CS3 was extremely wrong. A MB and MBP with the same amount of ram will be pretty much the same speed in Adobe stuff.
     
  8. chameleon81 macrumors 6502

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    What is dedicated graphic card for then? I thought it will provide speed on graphic related stuff such as photoshop, final cut etc.
     
  9. mathcolo macrumors 6502a

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    A dedicated graphics card just means it's not part of the computer's chipset and it's separate from everything. It is faster.

    MacBooks have integrated graphics whereas MacBook Pros have dedicated and faster graphics cards.
     
  10. chameleon81 macrumors 6502

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    I know what dedicated card is but thanks you for your explanation.

    What I do not understand is how a dedicated card does not make a difference when using CS3.
     
  11. alphaod macrumors Core

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    The only benefit you can get from having a MBP is if you run CS4
     
  12. CarlsonCustoms macrumors 6502

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    I run the full CS3 suite on my 2.0 C2D blackbook with 3gig ram. It runs fine on mine but my suggestion would be a bigger monitor.. its pretty rediculous working on stuff on this 13" screen.

    zack
     
  13. eXan macrumors 601

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    Stuff that benefits from dedicated graphics:

    - User interface in OS X (especially so if you have another monitor connected)
    - 3D games
    - 2D graphics apps that use Core Image (Aperture, Motion, etc)
    - 3D graphics apps (Maya, etc).
     

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