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

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

elliotn wrote:

Basalite wrote:

elliotn wrote:

Basalite wrote:

elliotn wrote:

I have last year's mac mini (with discreet graphics and 16Gb ram) driving a 27" Eizo. Perfomance in Photoshop CS6 is sluggish (slow screen redraws). I'm not sure whether the current quadcore would be any better. I'm waiting to see if the mini gets an update later this year.

That's surprising. You sure its not due to something else?

I'm fairly sure. When I was testing I did a clean install of OSX and CS6. I tested the ram with Memtest (?)

When I say sluggish, I mean that there's a significant lag when zooming in and out in Photoshop. And also a lag, sometimes of several seconds, when adjusting sliders in ACR. This lag is much reduced if I make the ACR window smaller, hence my feeling that the problems are due to the high resolution 27" display.

Doesn't sound right. I've used the mini with the 27" Thunderbolt Display and Photoshop and never saw what you are describing.

It doesn't feel right. I've tested two different minis (server model and discreet graphics model, both late 2011) with my setup (promise pegasus + eizo 27") and both exhibited display issues. Perhaps there is some incompatibility between the different bits of hardware. Anyway whilst it's sluggish, it's workable, so I carry on.

I would look into it instead of simply accepting it. You should be 100% satisfied in the setup you choose.

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