Lightroom Performance on Newest MacBook Pro

Started Jan 22, 2017 | Discussions thread
PerTulip Senior Member • Posts: 1,304
Re: Lightroom Performance on Newest MacBook Pro

Kristada673 wrote:

...It is not the laptop's fault, it is Lightroom's fault. I hope you read up a bit on how crappy its multicore optimisation and GPU acceleration is? In Lightroom, from what I gathered through my online research, the most important factors are single core clock speed, RAM and SSD. Quad core won't give more performance than a dual core (equally clocked); a dedicated GPU won't give much performance boost either as Lightroom only uses GPU in develop mode, not in exports. So, the wiser decision would be to ditch Lightroom instead of ditching the MacBook Pro - you'll find these same issue on Lightroom with pretty much any computer money can buy, at least until Adobe decides to build it from ground up with multicore optimisation and system-wide GPU acceleration, which it has little incentive to do due to very low competition.

I have a maxed out MBP and Lightroom is just a snail. That's why I use PhotoMechanic for initial import, culling, sorting, keywording, rating, etc. It's a cheetah compared to the snail.

Just a quick Google search:

"...Does this update solve the Lightroom performance woes? Unfortunately not."

Adobe really needs to rewrite several portions of LR. My own personal gripe is with the library module. I often have several thousand photos from travels (my DSLR, girlfriends DSLR, both iPhones) and just going through them is a pain in LR. Noticeable delay when going from one photo to the next. That's why I switched to PhotoMechanic for that task and only use LR to develop the keepers.

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