Heavy Photoshop User - i7 iMac enough?

Started Oct 15, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Heavy Photoshop User - i7 iMac enough?
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stevejack wrote:

Hi Guys, I have a Mid 2010 iMac (i5) with 12gb of memory. My photoshop work has expanded recently to include large panoramas with starting size of 2.5gb or so... that's before any editing is applied. My single image edits have a starting size of around 120mb and frequently exceed 2gb in size with all the layers. I am constantly out of memory even on single image edits so the stitched shots just absolutely cripple my machine.

The latest iMac (i7, 32gb RAM, 512gb SSD) would give me a decent boost, but can anyone advise as to whether this would be enough for the type of photoshop work that I'm doing?

I would probably add a second SSD via thunderbolt purely as a scratch disk down the line.

The new Mac pro's would be great but they're quite an investment... are they necessary with photoshop when you start getting up over 2gb file sizes or are they more about longevity? TBH I'd rather upgrade an iMac every 3 years than buy a single Mac Pro every 5 years. Technology just changes so fast and even if the processing power can be upgraded, the architecture (USB2 / Thunderbolt) lags behind.

If anyone can chime in with their photoshop experiences I'd be very appreciative.

Thanks guys,

Steve.

I have one that is about 3 weeks old - it was on the water between China and NZ when the latest revamp was announced! (grr)

Mine is specced as follws

i7 3.4

32gb RAM

3Tb Fusion Drive

Standard video card 1Gb

I've just completed a project in PS CC and ID CC that had layered files of between 1.2Gb and 1.8Gb and it was no issue for the machine. Takes around 25 seconds to save psd files that size.

PS opens in less than 3 seconds on this machine and frankly, short of a full SSD setup that would have almost doubled the cost, I cannot imagine how it could be much faster.

Great screen too - way less reflective than the previous kind that were like mirrors!

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