Thanks Guys! Will get the base model and max out the ram. I'm sure this set up isn't too bad for Aperture and photoshop. Now off to Hong Kong to get lol!! alot cheaper!!
I bought the 15", 2.4ghz MB Pro during the IT show a few weeks ago. I max the RAM to 4g on the spot, and paid for the Apple Care.
I installed Capture NX and PS CS3 and I normally edit the photo with the MBP hooked up to a Dell 24" monitor. Since I shoot in RAW most of the time, the photo are kept in external storage (SohoTank, 2 bay x 500gb Seagate, with 1394B). Speed is as good as local disk.
When I go to work, I run the Windows Server 2003 and Visual Studio .Net 2005 and Oracle 10g in VMware Fusion on the MBP. The VM disks are also external.
Yeah, my boss think that I am a show-off too I am the only Mac user in the office.
anyone tried macbookpro running 3d apps ? i mean running bootcamp and 3d apps on xp using mbp ?
interesting ... still debating whether to get an entry level MB (cos i probably will use CS3/PSE6 and NC NX) or a light-weight windoze laptop...
If Life worked on auto mode then manual mode for photography would have never existed.” ― Deeksha Mittal
If you are able to stretch your budget a little further, get the 2.5ghz and 200GB 7200rpm HD. The 512mb video rams makes a differences and also future-proof your MBP. These small differences does add up in terms of outright speed and increased productivity.
Run this program to gauge your machine speed: http://www.primatelabs.ca/geekbench/
Geekbench 32-bits results on my Macbook Pro (2.5 ghz, 4GB ram, 8600M GT 512mb vram) : 3198
Geekbench 32-bits results on my MacPro (3 ghz 4 cores, 8GB ram, X1900 512mb: 5713
That is very fast for a laptop...
Last edited by dankar; 4th April 2008 at 12:48 PM.
If one uses software that are Windows, do think thrice before switching to Mac. Indeed, most software for post-processing photos are available in Windows.
And if your interest is only photo (like me), getting the basic MB Pro is good enough. The 13" MB is a bit too basic. And if you don't need the mobility, then wait for a while longer and get the iMac. I heard that the new iMac will be out in June. It will be cheaper and more powerful.
Ultimately, it boils down to one's personal preference, needs, and budget.
the 2.4ghz should be fine. as mac runs on unix and does not have as much background processes as windows, programs run considerably faster...CS3 is quite fast on my macbook (cheapest model upgraded 1.25GB of ram, still running tiger though) even for raw editing
as for the $800 difference, you can easily get a branded 20" monitor for under $350 to hook up to your laptop