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    ?: Should I upgrade?
    greyhound rick's Avatar
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    Mar 15, 2010
    Phoenix, Arizona
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    2016 MacBook (m5), 2013 macbook pro retina 15", 2009 MBP non retina 13", 2014 21" iMac
    Question ?: Should I upgrade?
    Hello everyone,

    I currently have a Late 2013 MBP Retina 15" 500 gig SS storage with:

    2.6 GHz Intel Core i7
    16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM
    Intel Iris Pro 1536 mb dedicated graphics

    I currently use Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC, NIK Software, Nikon Capture NX-D and Capture One. My image files are RAW and I use a Nikon D850 full frame 46MP sensor.

    Since my file sizes are fairly large and I tend to have a large amount of layers with every image I do in Photoshop, LR etc. Ive noticed that my MBP is struggling at times. Nothing serious but definitely not as fast as when I was using smaller image files and older software.

    Do you feel that an upgrade to a new MacBook Pro would make that big of a difference if I were to spec it out fairly well? The speed on my current set up is ok, but as I do more shooting with my D850 Im thinking my work flow may slow down even more.

    I do use 2 external drives for storage and usually have no more than 80% of my on board hard drive occupied.

    Thanks very much for your help with this. Im not a technical person so any insight would be greatly appreciated.

    Best to you,


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    The Geekbench score on your 2013 is 21357 and the 2.9 GHz 2018 MBP is 22561. Not enough of a bump to warrant an upgrade where you'd see noticeable performance improvement.

    What version of the OS are you running? Can you open up Activity Monitor and show us what your CPU and Memory tabs look like sorting them by highest usage?

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