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Apple Mac iMac 5K (March 2019)

Rocking fast iMac with 8 cores and up to 128GB..

Apple Mac mini (November 2018)

True desktop-class performance..

Apple MacBook Pro Retina (July 2018)

Vastly improved performance over 2017 model, 6 CPU Cores..

Apple MacBook Pro Retina (late 2016)

Touchbar, wide gamut, unrivalled SSD..

Apple 12-Inch MacBook (2016)

An iPad-sized laptop, refreshed..

OWC Thunderbay 4 Mini

High performance with 2.5-inch hard drives or SSDs..

Drobo 5D with Thunderbolt or USB3

RAID reliability in easy to configure 5-drive enclosure for full-size hard drives..

Apple 2017 iMac Pro

High-end computing moves to the iMac form factor..

Apple 2017 iMac 5K

Even better than the 2015 model..

Apple 2015 iMac 5K

5K Display, blazingly fast SSD.

Apple 2014 iMac 5K

World’s first 5K Display.

Apple Dec 2013 Mac Pro

Choosing among 4/6/8/12 cores, GPUs, memory, flash..

2013 Mac Pro Performance

Performance of the 2013 Mac Pro..

How To Guides

How to perform useful tasks and upgrades..

Easy Thunderbolt Networking (10 Gigabit)

Networking as fast as an SSD!.

Upgrading Your Mac

When and Why to Upgrade Your Mac..

Optimizing Photoshop CS6 / Creative Cloud Performance

Preferred configuration for best performance..

Strange but True: Photoshop CS5 Performance

What you should know about CS5 performance..

Optimizing Photoshop CS5 Performance

The best hardware and configuration for Photoshop CS5..

Optimizing Photoshop CS4 Performance

How to configure a Mac to maximize Photoshop CS3/CS4 performance..

Optimizing Other Photography Software

Speedups for working with images..

Optimizing Mac Performance

Learn about Activity Monitor and understand how CPU cores, processes, memory use, and software scalability affect performance..

Optimizing Video/DVD and Other Software

How to make your software run faster on the same hardware!.

Mac Performance 101: Cores, Processes, Memory

Monitoring tips and application CPU core scorecard..

Choosing and Configuring a Mac

An in-depth look at how to find the right Mac setup for you.

OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Significant changes and issues in OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

Apple July 2010 iMac 27-inch Quad-Core

Just how fast is Apple’s new quad-core iMac?.

Apple Mac Pro Westmere 4/6/8/12-Core (Aug 2010)

Choosing among 4/6/8/12 cores, and is 2010 Mac Pro faster or better than 2009 model?.

Optimizing Mac Application Performance

Optimizing specific application performance..

Apple iMac 3.4 GHz (Late 2012)

Apple’s fastest Mac as of Jan 2013?.

Apple 12-Inch MacBook (2015)

An iPad-sized laptop..

Drives and Expansion and Various

Reviews of various hardware and software..

Mac Pro Early 2009 (Nehalem)

Configuring and optimizing..


Blog posts

2019

2019-05-02 How Much are GPU and CPU Cores used by Photoshop Filters?

2019-05-02 How Much are GPU and CPU Cores used by Adobe Camera Raw Enhance Details?

2019-02-09 Apple 2017 iMac 5K is a Terrific Machine, but Too Often It Impedes My Work

2019-01-11 My Days of 4 CPU Cores Are Over: Six Cores is Dubious for My Work, 8 CPU Cores Might Have to Be the New Minimum + Might Need 8TB SSD

2018

2018-12-20 Apple 2018 Mac mini: Substantial Performance Gain over the Fastest 2017 iMac 5K

2018-07-28 Reader Comment: Which Mac for Video?

2017

2017-12-24 diglloydTools Updated to v 2.2.15, IntegrityChecker Sees up to 38% Speed Improvement

2017-12-23 Why More CPU Cores Often Run no Faster, and Sometimes Slower than Fewer CPU Cores

2017-12-23 Turbo Boost and the Intel Xeon W CPUs in the Apple iMac Pro

2017-12-18 4-Core CPUs do not Leave Much Grunt for Other Tasks: Cloning Can Use all Available CPUs in a 4-Core Mac

2017-12-03 4-Core CPUs are Easily Maxed-Out with a Few Simple Tasks

2017-10-22 Apple Kernel Bug? 2015 iMac 5K Runs at 0.8 GHz When Cold, Even with Warm Air Out Rear Vents

2017-08-11 MacOS Bug: Kernel Task Uses Most or All CPU Cores Continuously (Ambient Temperature Too High)

2017-07-18 2017 iMac 5K: XCode Build C++ Project

2017-07-16 Adobe Lightroom Performance: Inefficiencies Could be Fixed

2017-06-07 Assessing the Dec 2017 Apple iMac Pro

2017-01-03 Desktop CPU Performance at a Standstill?

2016

2016-11-01 2016 MacBook Pro: the 16GB Memory Limit in the + CPU Speed vs Other Macs

2016-11-01 2016 MacBook Pro: What Options I Ordered, and Why

2016-08-04 NEW! Cross Platform Java-Based diglloydTools IntegrityChecker

2016-05-31 What a Bad Hard Drive Fails Like when Running diglloydTools 'fill-volume'

2016-05-26 Zerene Stacker: Good Example of a Program that Uses all the CPU Cores

2016-05-18 Apple 2016 MacBook: CPU Utilization During Network File Copy

2016-05-09 Photoshop CC 2015 Now Uses all the CPU Cores for RAW-File Conversion

2016-04-08 SSD Performance: Sufficiency for the CPU Cores

2016-03-27 What a Bad Hard Drive Fails Like when Running diglloydTools 'fill-volume'

2016-01-24 diglloydTools Updated to version 2.2.13

2015

2015-12-05 iMac 5K (Late 2015) vs Mac Pro: XCode Build diglloydTools

2015-12-05 diglloydTools Updated to version 2.2.12

2015-11-13 Testing Hard Drive Consistency for a RAID

2015-10-07 diglloydTools: Working Fine on El Capitan

2015-09-05 Testing Multiple Drives for Consistency for a RAID , or just Finding Dud or Flaky Drives in a Batch

2015-08-11 Testing Multiple Drives for Consistency for a RAID or Similar

2015-07-05 diglloydTools for Testing Drives, Data Integrity, Wiping Sensitive Files

2015-02-28 diglloydTools Updated to version 2.2.11

2015-02-22 An Example of When More CPU Cores Mean Responsive vs Sluggish

2015-01-09 Testing Multiple Drives for Consistency for a RAID or Similar

2014

2014-12-04 diglloydTools Updated to version 2.2.11

2014-11-21 diglloydTools Updated to version 2.2.9

2014-11-12 diglloydTools Updated to version 2.2.8

2014-10-10 Photoshop and CPU Core Usage

2014-08-29 diglloydTools Updated to version 2.2.7b

2014-07-15 diglloydTools Updated to version 2.2.7a

2014-06-08 diglloydTools Updated to version 2.2.7b1

2014-06-08 Testing Multiple Drives for Consistency for a RAID or Similar

2014-05-25 CPU Cores: Specifics Matter

2014-05-06 diglloydTools Updated to version 2.2.5

2014-01-21 2013 Mac Pro: DxO Optics Pro and Scalability with more CPU Cores

2014-01-17 2013 Mac Pro: 6 or 8 CPU Cores?

2014-01-13 Adobe Photoshop CC and CPU Cores: Does not Scale For Common Operations

2014-01-12 Adobe Photoshop CC Using More Cores Than Ever Before (NOT!)

2014-01-12 2013 Mac Pro: How Many CPU Cores for Your Workflow?

2013

2013-12-28 2013 Mac Pro: Costly but Worth It? Or Costly and Slower?

2013-12-18 2013 Mac Pro: Which CPU and GPU?

2013-10-22 Notes on the Apple 2013 Mac Pro

2013-04-06 Why is a MacBook Pro Retina Faster for Photography than a 12-Core Mac Pro?

2012

2012-05-28 Using all 12 CPU Cores

2011

2011-07-20 Apple’s July 2011 MacBook Air

2011-06-24 Final Cut Pro X Usage of CPU Cores and Memory

2011-05-17 Upgrade Your Mac Pro to 3.46 GHz or Up to 12 CPU Cores

2011-05-13 Update on Photoshop CS5 DisallowFlateCompressedPSD.plugin

2011-03-15 How to Get a Mac Pro at 3.46 GHz with 6 or 12 CPU Cores

2011-02-04 Mac Pro: How Many CPU Cores?

2011-01-27 When More Is Less — 12 CPU Cores are Slower Than 6 CPU Cores with Photoshop

2010

2010-09-10 Photoshop CS5 Scalability and Low-hanging Fruit

2010-09-02 Upgrade Your Mac Pro CPU to 3.33GHz and/or More CPU Cores!

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