diglloyd Mac Performance Guide



Protecting your data from drive failures, theft, fire, flood, and dinosaurs.


How to utilize cloning for backup and other chores.

Understanding Storage and Hard Drives

How to erase and partition drives.

Drive Capacity and Speed

Larger drives are faster.

Using Apple Time Machine for Backup

How to use Apple Time Machine for Data Safety


Various types of RAID setups.

Data Safety with RAID-1 Mirror

Protect your data with a fault-tolerant RAID-1 Mirror.


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

OWC Thunderbay IV / 4 Thunderbolt Enclosure

High performance with hard drives or SSDs.

OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual Thunderbolt / USB3

Dual-drive Thunderbolt + USB3 user-selectable RAID.

CalDigit T3 3-Drive Thunderbolt Enclosure

Three drives in a high-grade enclosure.

Drobo 5D with Thunderbolt or USB3

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


Apple 2015 iMac 5K

5K Display, blazingly fast SSD

Apple 2014 iMac 5K

World’s first 5K Display

2013 MAC PRO

Apple Dec 2013 Mac Pro

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

Understanding Thunderbolt and USB3 Performance with the 2013 Mac Pro

Using the right ports is critical to performance.

2013 Mac Pro Performance

Performance of the 2013 Mac Pro.

2013 Mac Pro GPU Benefits

GPU vs CPU Performance.

Transitioning to the 2013 Mac Pro

Peripherals and add-ons forexisting hardware.



Tips for networking, internet, etc.

How To Guides

How to perform useful tasks and upgrades.

Setting Up Your Mac

Suggestions for setting up your Mac for performance and data safety.

Connecting Stuff

USB3, networking, and add-on devices other than storage.

Digital Camera Related

Camera cards and readers.

Easy Thunderbolt Networking (10 Gigabit)

Networking as fast as an SSD!

Upgrading Your Mac

When and Why to Upgrade Your Mac.

Command Line Time Savers

Useful tasks at the command line in Terminal.

Monitoring and Graphing Stock Performance

Following stock performance and company news efficiently.



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 Other Photography Software

Speedups for working with images.


OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Significant changes and issues in OS X 10.9 Mavericks

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion tips and how-to.

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Special Report: Upgrade Now or Wait?

Mac Trials and Tribulations

Headaches and hassles encountered with OS X.

Mac OS X Lion Hairballs

When an upgrade brings more downgrades and bugs than value.


Fast and Reliable Hardware RAID

How fast and reliable can RAID-0, RAID-5 and RAID-6 go using an 8-drive mini-SAS box and a hardware RAID card?

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?

  1. Mac Pro Westmere Introduction
  2. Which Mac Pro CPU for Photography, Video, Sound?
  3. Mac Pro Westmere Clock Speed, Cores, and Cache
  4. 2014 Update: Adobe Photoshop CC Scalability
  5. When More Is Less: Photoshop Slower With 12 Cores Than 6
  6. Mac Pro Westmere Estimating CPU Performance
  7. Mac Pro Westmere Hits and Misses
  8. Mac Pro Westmere Ordering Tips: What to Get and What to Skip
  9. Mac Pro Westmere Solid State Drive Option
  10. Mac Pro Westmere How Much Memory and Where to Buy
  11. Mac Pro Westmere Value Compared to Quad-Core iMac
  12. Mac Pro Westmere Internal SATA Bandwidth
  13. Mac Pro Westmere Test Machine Configuration
  14. Mac Pro Westmere Photoshop Performance: diglloydSpeed1
  15. Mac Pro Westmere Photoshop Performance: diglloydMedium
  16. Mac Pro Westmere Photoshop Performance: diglloydHuge
  17. Mac Pro Westmere Photoshop CS5 Panorama (Auto Align and Auto Blend)
  18. Mac Pro Westmere Digital Camera RAW File Processing Speed (Bibble Pro)
  19. Mac Pro Westmere RAW-file Import with Adobe Lightroom 3
  20. Mac Pro Westmere RAW-file Import with PhaseONE CaptureONE
  21. Mac Pro Westmere RAW-file Import with Apple Aperture 3
  22. Mac Pro Westmere RAW-file Processing with Canon Digital Photo Professional
  23. Mac Pro Westmere RAW-file Processing with Nikon Capture NX2
  24. Mac Pro Westmere Performance with PhotoZoom Pro
  25. Mac Pro Westmere Performance with Helicon Focus
  26. Mac Pro Westmere Performance with PTGui Pro
  27. Mac Pro Westmere XCode C++ Build
  28. Mac Pro Westmere Real World Memory Bandwidth
  29. Mac Pro Westmere Performance with Apple Logic Studio
  30. Mac Pro Westmere Performance with Adobe After Effects
  31. Mac Pro Westmere Performance with Handbrake Video Encoding
  32. Mac Pro Westmere Cinebench CPU and GPU
  33. Mac Pro Westmere Conclusions

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.


OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe RAID SSD

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

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.


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?

MacBook Pro eSATA Cards

A review of eSATA cards for the MacBook Pro.

OWC Portable Dual-Drive RAID-0 or RAID-1 Mini Enclosures

Dual-drive externals for travel or compact backup.

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.

HGST 8TB Ultrastar He8

Outstanding high-capacity enterprise hard drive.

Laptop Hard Drives

Technical performance data.

ioSafe N2 Fireproof and Waterproof NAS

Network attached storage with fire and flood protection.


Apple 12-Inch MacBook (2016)

An iPad-sized laptop, refreshed.

Apple 12-Inch MacBook (2015)

An iPad-sized laptop.

Apple MacBook Pro Retina (2015)

Evolving the platform with a hyper fast SSD.

Apple MacBook Pro Retina (late 2016)

Touchbar, wide gamut, unrivalled SSD.

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.

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