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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 (June 2017)

Improved performance over 2016 model..

Apple MacBook Pro Retina (late 2016)

Touchbar, wide gamut, unrivalled SSD..

Apple 12-Inch MacBook (2016)

An iPad-sized laptop, refreshed..

Apple MacBook Pro Retina (2015)

Evolving the platform with a hyper fast SSD..

Promise Pegasus J4 Thunderbolt 4-Drive Enclosure

SSDs or hard drives for fast single-drive or RAID volumes in a portable enclosure..

Thunderbolt peripherals

Reviews of Thunderbolt products..

OWC Thunderbay 4 Mini

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

OWC 40TB SSD (in Thunderbay 4 Mini)

Ultra high flat-line performanc in 40 Terabyte capacity.

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..

Memory Configuration in 2013 Mac Pro

32GB, 64GB or 128GB?.

2013 Mac Pro Performance

Performance of the 2013 Mac Pro..

2013 Mac Pro GPU Benefits

GPU vs CPU Performance..

How To Guides

How to perform useful tasks and upgrades..

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..

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.

How to Buy / What to Buy

Nuts and bolts of buying a Mac, and recommended extras..

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Special Report: Upgrade Now or Wait?.

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?.

Shootout: 8-core 2.93GHz or Quad-Core 3.33GHz?

Why 4 cores are often faster than 8!.

Optimizing the MacBook Pro Core i7

Maxing-out your MacBook Pro Core i7 with memory and drives..

Optimizing Mac Application Performance

Optimizing specific application performance..

OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe RAID SSD

Ultra-fast solid state storage with hardware RAID for a Mac Pro in a PCIe slot..

OWC Mercury Accelsior Pro Q

Ultra-fast PCIe SSD for Classic Mac Pro or Thunderbolt Macs.

OWC Mercury Electra 960GB 3G SSD

Huge capacity in a speedy SATA SSD..

Solid State Drives, Various

SSDs and thumb drives..

OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD

Fast 6 Gbps solid state drives eclipse prior generations with 500+ MB/sec..

OWC Mercury Electra 6G 960GB SSD

Fast 6 Gbps high capacity SSD..

OWC Mercury Aura SSD for Mac Pro

High Capacity internal SSD for 2013 Mac Pro..

OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 3G Solid State Drives

Fast and durable, enterprise-grade solid state drives..

Solid State Drives (SSD)

Choosing and using solid state drives..

Apple Mac Mini (Late 2012)

Apple’s first USB3 MacMini..

Apple iMac 3.4 GHz (Late 2012)

Apple’s fastest Mac as of Jan 2013?.

Apple 12-Inch MacBook (2015)

An iPad-sized laptop..

Apple MacBook Pro Retina Quad-Core (June 2012)

Apple’s 2012 MacBook Pro Retina Display..

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Quad-Core (June 2012)

Apple’s 2012 MacBook Pro (non Retina)..

Apple MacBook Pro Quad-Core (February 2011)

A review of Apple’s first quad-core laptop..

2010 MacBook Air for Photographers?

How does the 2010 MacBook Air fare in the context of photography?.

Apple MacBook Pro Core i7 (April 2010)

A review of Apple’s first Core i7 laptop..

Mac Pro Memory

2009/2010 Mac Pro Memory — How Much for Performance?.

Drives and Expansion and Various

Reviews of various hardware and software..

Mac Pro Early 2009 (Nehalem)

Configuring and optimizing..

Desktop Hard Drives

Performance and use..

Laptop Hard Drives

Technical performance data..

Older storage interfaces

Modern Macs use USB3 and Thunderbolt..


Blog posts

2019

2019-10-20 Reader Question: diglloydTools IntegrityChecker Purchase Options

2019-05-06 Update on Using an eGPU for Photoshop for Adobe Camera Raw Enhance Details

2019-05-02 How Much is the GPU used for Raw File Conversion in Adobe Camera Raw?

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?

2019-05-01 Notes on Using an eGPU for Photoshop for Adobe Camera Raw Enhance Details

2019-03-24 An eGPU is Useless for Photoshop and Lightroom Unless...

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

2018-04-28 OWC Thunderblade SSD Shipping in All Capacities up to 8TB — Ideal for Video Production and Capture. and/or Silent and High Capacity Photoshop Workflow

2018-01-26 CAUTION: Photoshop CC 2018 Latest Release Broken With Dual Displays (Unusable for Me)

2017

2017-11-27 Computers Are not Getting Faster in a Meaningful Way, GPU is Half-Baked Tech, Too Many Software Developers Suck

2017-10-18 Will the iMac Pro Be Worth The Cost?

2017-09-08 Will the iMac Pro Be Worth The Cost?

2017-07-16 Apple Bug? 2017 MacBook Pro Has Impaired Performance Using Apple Power Brick vs OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock + Why Does 800% CPU Usage Go Into Idle Clock Speed Mode?

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

2017-07-09 TESTED with Photoshop: 2017 MacBook Pro

2017-07-08 TESTED with Photoshop: 2017 iMac 5K vs 2015 iMac 5K

2017-07-08 TESTED with Photoshop: 2017 iMac 5K SSD vs 2015 iMac 5K

2017-07-08 2017 iMac 5K: How System Memory Needed for Photoshop?

2017-05-08 The #1 Optimization for Photoshop Users: Speed up Save/Open by up to 20X

2017-05-08 OWC Accelsior Pro Q: Rock Solid and Blazingly Fast

2017-04-15 Lloyd at Photoshop World Apr 19/20/21

2017-04-13 OWC Accelsior Pro Q vs Accelsior: Real World Throughput

2017-04-11 Which is faster for RAW File Conversion, CPU or GPU?

2017-04-09 Caution on Photoshop CC 2017 Update: Missing/Black Windows and Palettes Require Quitting Photoshop

2017-03-27 OWC Accelsior Pro Q Speed vs Transfer Size

2017-03-25 TESTED: OWC Accelsior Pro Q PCIe SSD for 2010/2012 Mac Pro or any Thunderbolt Mac (via Helios Enclosure)

2017-01-10 macOS BloatWare (and what feels like SpyWare)

2017-01-10 Adobe Memory Usage, with no apps in use

2017-01-09 The GPU remains a Science Fair Project

2017-01-01 2016 MacBook Pro: Test Results vs 2015 MacBook Pro and 13" 2016 MacBook Pro + a Big Surprise

2017-01-01 2016 MacBook Pro: Test Results Updated to include 2015 MacBook Pro and 13-inch 2016 MacBook Pro

2016

2016-12-23 2016 MacBook Pro: Design by Dilettantes?

2016-12-21 OWC 40TB SSD Performance as Photoshop Scratch Drive

2016-12-19 Almost in 2018, Computers Are not Getting Faster in a Meaningful Way, GPU is Half-Baked Tech, Too Many Software Developers Suck

2016-12-07 2016 MacBook Pro: Cannot Sustain Performance Under Load — Update

2016-12-03 2016 MacBook Pro TESTED: Photoshop Filters

2016-12-01 Photoshop + Lightroom for a Year for $88

2016-11-22 2016 MacBook Pro TESTED: Photoshop Performance on Real World Job 'Create Size Variants'

2016-11-21 2016 MacBook Pro TESTED: Photoshop Performance

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

2016-09-03 Updated: Diglloyd Photoshop Benchmarks

2016-05-18 Apple 2016 MacBook: Real-World Photoshop Performance + IntegrityChecker Speed

2016-05-18 Apple 2016 MacBook: Real-World Photoshop Performance + IntegrityChecker Speed

2016-05-17 When Software Crashes It is Immensely Frustrating: Why is Lightroom Crashing?

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

2015

2015-12-17 Why I Use Three NEC Displays on Mac Pro

2015-12-01 Photoshop CC 2015: 10-bit Per Channel (30-bit Color) Now Supported

2015-11-23 iMac 5K (Late 2015) with 64GB: the Key to Professional Usage

2015-11-21 iMac 5K (Late 2015) vs Mac Pro: Real World Photoshop Performance

2015-11-20 Late 2015 iMac 5K: diglloyd Photoshop Benchmarks

2015-11-20 Late 2015 iMac 5K: Photoshop Filters vs Mac Pro

2015-11-11 JPEG Batch Output in Photoshop and Lightroom: Rainbow-Beachball Hang Requiring Force Quit

2015-10-30 10-bit Graphics Support in OS X El Capitan: Adobe Confirms Support is Coming for Photoshop

2015-09-05 Use a 4K Display on MacBook Pro Retina: Vertical Orientation

2015-07-21 Photoshop CC 2014 Now Gets the CC 2015 Bugs

2015-06-19 Reviewed: 2015 Apple MacBook

2015-06-09 2015 MacBook Pro: Photoshop Performance

2015-05-17 $200 off the True 4K LG 31MU97

2015-02-25 Reader Question: Photoshop and Large Files — Best Way to Optimize

2015-01-28 Continuing Performance Issues in Apple OS X Yosemite, Particularly in Photoshop

2015-01-22 Apple Core Rot: More Views

2014

2014-12-27 TESTED: Kingston HyperX 128GB Data Traveler USB3 Thumb Drive

2014-12-24 TESTED: Hitachi HGST Deskstar 6TB NAS Hard Drive — Fastest Yet!

2014-12-22 Suggested Boot/Master Volume Partitioning for Large SSD

2014-12-13 TESTED: OWC Aura SSD for 2013 Mac Pro with Photoshop

2014-12-05 OWC Mercury Electra 6G 960GB SSD: Stunning Performance in Thunderbay Mini: Throughput, Photoshop, Incompressible Data Too

2014-11-22 RAID: Performance vs Transfer Size

2014-11-21 OWC ThunderBay Mini Performance with Four SSDs

2014-11-18 OS X Yosemite Deletes Java / JDK, but Photoshop Needs It

2014-11-10 4K Video on 2010/2012 Mac Pro?

2014-11-06 Fastest iMac 5K vs the Fastest Mac Pro: Create Multi-Resolution Image Series

2014-11-05 Fastest iMac 5K vs the Fastest Mac Pro: PhaseOne CaptureOne Pro RAW to JPEG

2014-11-04 Fastest iMac 5K vs the Fastest Mac Pro: RAW to JPEG

2014-11-01 Fastest iMac 5K vs the Fastest Mac Pro: XCode Build

2014-11-01 Fastest iMac 5K vs the Fastest Mac Pro: Video Transcode 4K to 1080p

2014-11-01 Fastest iMac 5K vs the Fastest Mac Pro: Photoshop Filters, Various

2014-10-31 Fastest iMac 5K vs the Fastest Mac Pro: Photoshop

2014-10-31 Fastest iMac 5K vs the Fastest Mac Pro: Integrity Checker (SHA1 Hash)

2014-10-10 Photoshop and CPU Core Usage

2014-04-19 Video Card or Photoshop Bug? (graphics drawing glitch)

2014-04-10 MPG Experience: a Month Using the 8-core 3.3 GHz 2013 Mac Pro

2014-03-30 Photoshop CC With Too Little Memory

2014-03-28 Tested in 2013 Mac Pro: 64GB vs 128GB Memory from OWC

2014-03-28 Saving and Opening Huge Photoshop Files *FAST* (OWC Mercury Helios 2 and Dual Accelsior PCIe SSD)

2014-03-10 OS X 10.9.2 Breaks Display Support with NEC Displays: Sleep, 90° Rotation Failure

2014-03-10 2013 Mac Pro: Photoshop CC Filter Crashes Appear to be Due to Apple Graphics Drivers

2014-03-08 Photoshop CC Sharpening Now 3X Slower But ONLY on the 2013 Mac Pro (unmaking the power of the Ring)

2014-03-07 2013 Mac Pro: Dual Displays Problematic

2014-02-04 MPG CPU Choice for 2013 Mac Pro + Order Status

2014-01-18 2013 Mac Pro: How Much Memory for Performance?

2014-01-17 Evolving Thoughts on 2013 Mac Pro GPU and CPU Choices

2014-01-17 Changing my Config for the 2013 Mac Pro

2014-01-17 2013 Mac Pro: Which Filters Benefit from the GPU in Photoshop CC?

2014-01-16 Two GPUs to Rule Them All, and in the Software Bind Them—Photoshop CC Now Sharpens 4X Faster

2014-01-16 Redo for Photoshop CC 14.2 (CC 14.2 Unstable on 2013 Mac Pro)

2014-01-16 2013 Mac Pro: Filters in Adobe Photoshop CC Tested

2014-01-14 Perfect Scalability to 12 Cores with Photo Zoom Pro

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?

2014-01-11 The Fastest Mac Pro for Photoshop

2014-01-03 Reviewed: Late 2013 MacBook Pro Retina

2014-01-02 OS Mavericks 'App Nap' Kills Photoshop Performance

2014-01-02 Mac Pro Energy Savings: What is the Reality?

2013

2013-12-22 Making an Old Dog of a Laptop Run Like a Young Puppy, Make Lightroom or Photoshop Fly

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

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

2013-10-22 Memory for the 2013 Mac Pro

2013-10-02 Prices Drop a Little: Toshiba 3TB Hard Drives + OWC Mercury Accelsior PCie SSD

2013-07-29 Faster Workflow, Faster Lightroom, Faster Photoshop?

2013-07-13 Defrag or Upgrade to Faster/Larger? (Lightroom, Aperture, etc)

2013-07-07 Photoshop CS6 Performance with Pegasus J4 + OWC 6G SSD RAID

2013-07-05 Promise Pegasus J4 Thunderbolt: Recommended High Performance Config *with* Built-in Backup

2013-07-03 Promise Pegasus J4 Thunderbolt: Performance with Hard Drives

2013-07-02 Promise Pegasus J4: Internal View with Four 6G SSDs

2013-07-02 Promise Pegasus J4: Initializing Drives

2013-07-01 Promise Pegasus J4: Coming for Testing with SSD and HDD

2013-06-10 2013 Apple Mac Pro: Faster or Slower, Elegant but Klunky, Promise vs Reality, Video Oriented

2013-05-08 Adobe Creative Cloud: Reader Comments

2013-05-06 Adobe Clouds Software Choice (Adobe Creative Cloud Only Going Forward)

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

2013-02-18 How to Speed Up Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

2013-01-19 Huge Photoshop Files Need a Fast Working Drive

2013-01-13 Apple Late 2012 3.4 GHz iMac: Photoshop CS6 Auto Align Layers

2013-01-10 Apple iMac: RAW File Conversion to TIF and JPEG vs Mac Pro, MBP

2013-01-09 Reviewed: Apple Late 2012 3.4 GHz iMac

2012

2012-12-11 Photoshop CS6 13.0.2 HiDPI Update: Faster Than Before by 13%

2012-12-11 Photoshop CS6 13.0.2 HiDPI Update — Retina Display Images Look Terrific

2012-12-10 My Favorite Mac Hardware

2012-12-03 New Apple 27" iMac — Buying Advice

2012-11-12 Which is Faster with Photoshop CS6? 12-Core or 6-Core Mac Pro?

2012-11-12 Speed Up Saving and Opening Photoshop CS6 Files

2012-11-06 MacMini: 16GB vs 8GB, Hard Drive vs SSD

2012-11-05 Reader Questions on the Mac Mini

2012-11-03 MacMini — Hard Drive vs SSD

2012-11-03 MacMini Quad-Core Performance vs MacBook Pro, Mac Pro

2012-10-24 Analysis of the new Mac Pro — Oops Nothing Announced

2012-07-25 Why I NEED 80GB or 96GB Memory in my Mac Pro: Photoshop CS6 Performance

2012-06-22 OWC 960GB Mercury Electra 3G SSD — Breakthrough SSD Capacity!

2012-06-21 Photoshop CS6: MacBook Pro Retina 2.7 GHz vs MacBook Pro 17" vs Mac Pro

2012-06-20 Understanding Photoshop and Lightroom Behavior with the MacBook Pro Retina

2012-06-20 Understanding Photoshop and Lightroom Behavior with the MacBook Pro Retina

2012-06-20 Photoshop CS6: MacBook Pro Retina 2.7 GHz vs MacBook Pro 17" 2.5 GHz

2012-06-17 MPG Pro Workstation SPECIAL OFFER (Souped-up Mac Pro), $250 OFF

2012-05-30 OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD 960GB

2012-05-25 How Long to Convert 500 Nikon D800 14-bit NEF to JPEG?

2012-05-19 Dealing with Huge Photoshop Jobs — Actual Experience Today

2012-04-26 The Adobe Tax — CS6 Rent vs Upgrade

2012-04-20 OWC Mercury Accelsior and System Feel

2012-04-19 OWC’s new Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD for Ultra-Fast Photoshop CS6

2012-04-16 OWC’s new Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD for Ultra-Fast Photoshop CS6

2012-04-15 OWC’s new Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD for Blistering-fast Drive Performance

2012-03-19 Memory Usage with Photoshop CS5

2012-01-22 More Memory With Big Photoshop Jobs = Big Speedup

2012-01-19 ULTIMATE Mac Pro — the MPG Pro Workstation Solution with OWC PCIe SSD (for Video and Database and Scientific and Huge Photoshop Users)

2011

2011-11-12 The Adobe Shake-Down

2011-11-01 Apple MacBook Pro 2.5 GHz Quad-Core with 16GB Memory

2011-07-04 OWC 480GB Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD With Photoshop CS5 on 2011 Mac Pro

2011-06-18 Which Mac Pro for Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3.x?

2011-05-15 Photoshop CS5 DisallowFlateCompressedPSD Plugin Does Not Work With Some Layers

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

2011-05-08 How Fast a Drive Is Needed for Optimal Photoshop File-Save Speed?

2011-05-07 Save Big Photoshop Files 20X Faster!

2011-05-06 Save Big Photoshop Files 16X Faster! Adobe Releases DisallowFlateCompressedPSD.plugin for Photoshop CS5

2011-05-06 Photoshop CS5 12.0.4 Upgrade Kills All But One Software License

2011-05-04 Remote Access To Photoshop via iPhone, iPad

2011-04-21 OWC 6G 240GB SSD — WOW! Blazing Fast with Photoshop CS5 and File Copies

2011-04-13 Adobe Photoshop CS5 Performance with OWC 6G SSD on 2011 MacBook Pro

2011-03-09 Photoshop CS5 Tests Updated for 16GB Memory in MacBook Pro, 2.8GHz Mac Pro

2011-03-09 Photoshop CS5 Tests Updated for 16GB Memory in MacBook Pro, 2.8GHz Mac Pro

2011-03-03 Tests of 2011 MacBook Pro 2.3GHz 4-Core vs 2010 2.66 GHz 2-core, Mac Pro

2011-02-15 Photoshop Performance: Beware of Memory Usage and Mac OS X Cache

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

2011-01-03 Why I Always Have At Least 24GB memory (and why a 16GB iMac doesn’t cut it)

2010

2010-11-08 Photoshop — Permissions Will Not Let Photoshop Use the Volume for Scratch

2010-11-06 Case Study: Upgrading the 2010 MacBook Pro for Photoshop and Lightroom

2010-10-29 MacBook Air — Comparing to MacBook Pro 13"

2010-10-24 Mac Performance Guide - I figure you saved me at least $2500

2010-09-24 User Delighted with Photoshop CS5 Optimization

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

2010-09-02 When More is Less — 12 Cores and 48GB are Slower Than 6 Cores and 24GB with Photoshop CS5!

2010-09-02 2010 Mac Pro 12-core @ 3.33GHz — Reviewed!

2010-09-01 Whither 16-bit in Photoshop?

2010-08-12 OpenGL Sometimes Slower than Just Disabling it

2010-07-31 How Photoshop CS5 Saves Me Time (and how it wastes my time too)

2010-07-27 Apple’s SSD for Mac Pro (or iMac) — Not a Smart Move

2010-07-02 Why I disable OpenGL in Photoshop CS5

2010-06-30 Photoshop CS5 Crashing With OS X 10.6.4 with ATI Radeon 4870 and OpenGL on Mac Pro

2010-06-15 So-long Photoshop CS4

2010-05-14 MacBook Pro SSD single drive and RAID stripe vs hard drive

2010-05-12 Apple Mac Pro Nehalem: quad-core @ 3.33GHz or 8-core @ 2.93GHz?

2010-04-30 Optimizing Photoshop CS5 — 5X slower or 3X faster than CS4!

2010-04-14 OWC and DIGLLOYD offer ultra-high-performance MPG Pro Laptop

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