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ASK DN: What's your Mac hardware specs?

almost 5 years ago from , Founder and Designer of Hoarrd

I'm looking to upgrade my computer, and I'm completely out of touch regarding computer specs. I'm looking into the MacBook Pros, and I have no idea how much power I actually need. My super old iMac absolutely crawls for pretty much everything I do.

ASK DN: I was wondering if you guys could share the hardware specs that you've got, and how fast or slow you feel your machine handles what you do. Also, can you please share how you generally work?

THE WAY I WORK: When I design, I generally have Chrome with 20+ tabs open for references/inspiration, which tends to slow things down a lot. Would love to be able to have music playing in the background as well without it slowing down my computer, but I can live with using my iPhone for that if need be. I also tend to have Slack open, which could also cause things to slow down. Then... let's see, there are usually several Gmail chats and/or drafts of my notes open. Skype is usually open as well. I think that's about it.

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  • Josh OsborneJosh Osborne, almost 5 years ago

    Six months or so before I started at NPR, I bought the 15-inch Retina MBP - 16GB ram - 2.8GHz i7, and was blown away by the speed. I showed up for my first day of work last December and the same computer was sitting on my desk.

    I've found that I can have multiple giant Sketch files, illustrator files, streaming audio, lots of chrome tabs, and Sublime Text working on a remote server, all open at once with no change in speed.

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  • Stefan Rauch, almost 5 years ago

    Retina iMac, i7 running at 4ghz, 32gb ram, 3tb fusion drive, 4gb video card

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    • Riki Tanone, almost 5 years ago

      I had to check the price for this because it sounded so insane. And it didn't disappoint.

      No regrets for not having a portable work machine? That's one thing that I'm somewhat debating about still. I currently don't have a laptop, and I occasionally freelance and run into issues where I can't bring my work anywhere, but it happens maybe two or three times a year, so I'm not sure it's worth the sacrifice.

      What to dooooooooooooooo........

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      • Stefan Rauch, almost 5 years ago

        My job provides a laptop, as do most of the companies around here. I can bring my iPad if I need to show examples of work and don't have the laptop.

        I like having a workhorse at home with a big screen. It makes me more productive when I don't have to wait for something to happen in Photoshop, Logic Pro, or Maya.

        Worth the investment if you can swing it: about 4.5k?

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        • Riki Tanone, almost 5 years ago

          Have you had any issues with the refresh rate at all? Especially when working with massive Photoshop files?

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          • Stefan Rauch, almost 5 years ago

            Off the top of my head, not really, no.

            I ran Google's Nik Collection and spun up a bunch of different options on a 26x34in/300dpi file just now to test it, and that has a little lag behind real-time, but that's about it.

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  • Keaton TaylorKeaton Taylor, almost 5 years ago

    mid 2011 imac 2.5Ghz Core i5 with 24GB of RAM.

    Still runs like a beast.

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    • Riki Tanone, almost 5 years ago (edited almost 5 years ago )

      Holy hell, 24GB of RAM?!? /bows

      Do you have a laptop for when you need to work elsewhere, or do you always work from the same place?

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  • Justin WattJustin Watt, almost 5 years ago

    13" Retina Macbook Pro base (8GB RAM, 128GB SDD, 2.6GHz i5) from mid-2014.

    If I had to do it all over again, I would have bought one with 16GB of RAM. Bouncing around between Chrome (and many tabs open like you), PS, Illustrator, and Sublime Text along with email, Rdio, and Tweetbot running in the background, this 'ol girl can get pretty slow.

    Other than that, I find it's the perfect sized computer and overall fantastic; highly suggest it.

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