Lightroom Performance on Newest MacBook Pro

Started Jan 22, 2017 | Discussions thread
dj_paige Senior Member • Posts: 2,387
Re: Lightroom Performance on Newest MacBook Pro

drumboy74 wrote:

I'm currently in a similar position as the OP. I have a 2011 MBP, which is on it's last legs. Apologies for jumping in on this thread.

90% of what I use my machine for is processing images in LR. Loaded from my camera via USB, to an external drive (either hooked up directly, or over wifi depending on how many images). Loading images can be painfully slow for large volumes - but the actual processing within LR, isn't that bad (I import as DNG - and manage from there).

I was leaning towards the 15‑inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID, 3.1GHz quad-core 7G Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory 512GB SSD storage, Radeon Pro 560 with 4GB memory - but it's not cheap, at £2,715.

Does the touch bar provide any meaningful interface for editing within LR (I'm by no means a professional photographer - just an enthusiastic amateur, taking my first few paid jobs).

Reading most of the above, I'm thinking that performance improvements may be marginal, and I'm now wondering whether I' be better saving myself a few quid, and looking at a 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro - 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of 1600MHz memory 256GB SSD - for £2040.
Would I benefit greatly from the increased performance, improved graphics, and touch bar? - or go for the older, cheaper model, and hang on to a few pounds.
Again, apologies for jumping in on this thread - Any advice would be greatly received.

I haven't done any scientific testing, just reading in many forums, and it seems to me that one thing that is correlated with slow performance is a 4K or 5K monitor.

But anyway, it seems like to get the best performance out of LR, you want the fastest CPU you can afford, 8GB of memory or more, and YES I'M GOING TO SAY IT a 1080p monitor and not a 4K or 5K monitor.

The TouchBar is irrelevant here.

But, there's no guarantees either. I'm sure some people are running LR with huge monitors and are having no problems, they just don't show up in forums to complain about how slow LR is.

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