Upgraded Mac Mini powerful enough for Photoshop & downloading large image files?

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Re: Mac Mini achilles heel
In reply to megawatt298, 8 months ago

megawatt298 wrote:

Photoshop uses the GPU for additional processing capacity to speed up some processes. Photoshop also uses OpenCL acceleration on certain filters like Field Blur, Iris Blur, and Tilt/Shift. The Mac Mini does not have a discrete GPU and uses the CPU for for both numeric and video functions.

Well, to be fair the GPU portion is simply part of the entire processor.

Photoshop also supports using the onboard video processing of Intel's processors.

As a result, while the Mac mini Quad-Core i7 is strong on CPU number crunching tasks, it is much weaker on video and GPU intensive tasks.

Hopefully the next Mac Mini will finally have a discrete video card and the Mini will be the powerhouse that Mac users are waiting for.

Unless someone specifically uses and needs to have those specialized tools accelerated as much as possible and more importantly one can measure the difference in speeds between the mini and say an iMac with "discrete" graphics using such tools and can make a reasonable determination it is worth having "discrete" graphics then it simply doesn't matter, especially in the short to medium term.

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