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AndyDahlem
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« on: October 27, 2008, 07:43:20 AM »
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Hello, I am planning to buy an Apple MacBook Pro, which I am going to use as my main computer for editing and post-processing images. It will be connected to a 23" or 24" external display.

Because it will be my main computer I am wondering whether I should upgrade the processor from the standard 2.53 GHz to the 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo? Am I going to recognize an improvement in speed when batch processing RAW files with the 2.8GHz processor over the 2.53GHz that will justify the price premium?
Will the optional 320GB 7200-rpm hard drive increase the notebook's performance with regard to reading and writing files to the hard disk-based cache?

Your opinion and feedback will be greatly appreciated!
Thank you very much for your help!
Andy
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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2008, 10:48:35 AM »
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Quote from: AndyDahlem
Hello, I am planning to buy an Apple MacBook Pro, which I am going to use as my main computer for editing and post-processing images. It will be connected to a 23" or 24" external display.

Because it will be my main computer I am wondering whether I should upgrade the processor from the standard 2.53 GHz to the 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo? Am I going to recognize an improvement in speed when batch processing RAW files with the 2.8GHz processor over the 2.53GHz that will justify the price premium?
Will the optional 320GB 7200-rpm hard drive increase the notebook's performance with regard to reading and writing files to the hard disk-based cache?

Your opinion and feedback will be greatly appreciated!
Thank you very much for your help!
Andy

Well...  On the processor, the faster one will result in about a 10% processing time reduction on most processor-intensive operations. On less processor-intensive operations, a 10% gain in speed will be virtually undetectable --- IOW if an operation takes 0.5 seconds on the standard processor, it will probably take 0.45 on the faster machine, and that 0.05 sec savings will likely go unnoticed most of the time.  The faster drive will definitely provide a noticeable boost in performance for very little change in noise, heat or battery life.

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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2008, 08:19:56 AM »
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Jack, thank you for your feedback, which was helpful for making a decision! I am going to use the money that I saved from not upgrading the processor to increase the budget for buying a good external display.

Cheers,
Andy
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