rMB, secondary, Lightroom

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  1. freitz macrumors member

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    Background - I have a excellent monster of a PC. My main machine, great for everything. Mainly used for maxed out gaming, photo/video editing, and browsing/multi tasking. I use 3 screens so if its an intensive consumption session I have an extreme amount of information running.

    Needs -
    -portability, With a new baby on the way I don't think most of my photo editing will be done in the office.
    -moderate power, need to be able to browse, run lightroom, photoshop for minor things, media consumption
    -comfort, tried the SP3, found it uncomfortable on my lap in any situation and was hard for me to get use to. Performance was fine for my needs; seem to run lightroom and photoshop just fine.
    -Small, need this to replace both a need for another laptop and a Ipad. I have a 6+ I use and my ipad has become all but worthless, to slow to do much at this point. I find I either reach for the 11" air I have or the 6+.

    Wrap-Up -
    I like the foot print of the macbook. I just am worried about its limitations. I believe it would replace both an ipad and a laptop because of how small it is. Also would replace the need for a more powerful laptop as it is not my main machine. A 13" MBP seems like it would be to much to be used as much as the rMB in terms of weight and travel concerns. I believe with the new baby most of my browsing and lightroom use will be on my lap unless doing a large editing session.

    What are your thoughts?
    Considering 1.3Ghz/512GB.
     
  2. nawoo macrumors regular

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    I have the base model and use lightroom and photoshop for all my photo work. Runs just fine. There will a little buffering if you work with raw files, but no biggie.

    Exporting files from raw to jpeg is pretty slow though. I usually just export an entire folder and go do something else while waiting cuz it's that slow

    But actual editing is smooth as silk
     
  3. freitz thread starter macrumors member

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    Are you using it as a secondary machine?
     
  4. newellj macrumors 603

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    This should have been kept in your other thread. Anyway, if you want some performance comparisons, search for a thread I started with "Lightroom" in the thread title for some specific processing times. I don't know what your "monster" PC is. Mine's an i7 4770K, 32 GB RAM, SSD, etc. CPU-intensive processing times on the rMB were roughly five times slower.
     
  5. freitz thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks Ill try to find it.

    Monster Pc - 3930k watercooled to 5.1 ghz, 32 gb ram, 2x intel 120 SSD in raid 1, 2x 3TB Raid 1, Original Titans SC 2x. All under water. Its works like a dream.
     
  6. nawoo macrumors regular

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    I initially thought it would be my secondary machine, but it's been my primary machine for the past 4 weeks while my iMac is at the repair shop. And to be honest, I haven't missed the iMac one bit.

    It's good enough for all my needs. Of course, the iMac is more powerful and gives me more screen size. But it really isn't that big an issue for my workflow.
     
  7. rambler358 macrumors member

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    I'd say go for it. My situation is similar and I ordered the 1.3GHz 512MB as well. This won't be my main computer, and portability is a must.
     
  8. newellj macrumors 603

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    I don't know if you can extrapolate my results with the 4770K to your machine. With six cores, I'd imagine you're getting faster times than I do on heavily CPU-dependent tasks. A lot of those (like generating 1:1 previews or doing big export jobs) can often be set to run while you do something else (go for a run, eat a meal, whatever) and if you're not sitting there staring at the computer waiting for the process to finish it may not matter.
     
  9. freitz thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks that good information. I purchased one today shows up on Tuesday 1.3 and 512 figured I would give it a shot. I think it should be fine for what I need to do.
     
  10. Queen6 macrumors 604

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    I don't use Lightroom myself, however I find if you elevate the rear of the Retina MacBook, it helps the system dissipate heat far more efficiently and reduces thermal throttling.

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