[Solved] I don’t know what specs I need to run photoshop and astropad. Have pity on a newbie.
Alright, I’m not a newbie at a lot of things, but when it comes to Mac computers, I know NOTHING. I’ve always been a pc girl, but I’m also an artist and with the AMAZING art tools that iPad Pro has been offering lately, my 2000 dollar Wacom cintiq collects dust in my studio (I hate to admit that Apple totally blew Wacom out of the water with parallax and palm rejection, blah blah artist crap no one cares about.) The catch is that I need photoshop, and have been using workarounds that are cumbersome and what not since the first iPad Pro to move initial sketches into my pc photoshop. With the release of the new Mac mini, I’m seriously considering having a second computer to use astropad. In the pc world, the specs for the entry level Mac mini feel really light to do much with. Really, I just need to run adobe programs ...is the entry level Mac mini gonna cut it? I don’t want to go any higher than that since that will LITERALLY be it’s only job.
TL;DR I’m an artist new to Mac and need to know if the entry level Mac mini just released will suit my needs for photoshop and astropad paired with my new iPad Pro (preferably wirelessly. I’m a couch potato when I do art)
You could go with the lowest spec of the Mac mini because it conforms to the minimum system requirements the Adobe calls for but you may want to consider a higher spec'd CPU. I would go with an i5 minimally but preferably an i7. I would also consider at least 16GB RAM, preferably more. Basically, the more RAM the better (it isn't just Photoshop that is running on your Mac, lots more will be going on), especially if you are going to work with large images that contain multiple layers with masks, smart layers and so on. RAM is a very important consideration. Get as much as you can afford.
thankyou so much!
I, too, would agree that going with as much as you can afford is the right advice when it comes to CPU. THAT said, as we recently discussed on MGG, it makes very little sense for most people to buy the mid-range i5 CPU with the new Mac Mini.
The 4-core i3 CPU with 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD is $799. No turbo boost, no hyper-threading.
The 6-core i5 CPU with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD is $1099. Turbo boost is there, but hyper-threading is not.
The 6-core i7 CPU with 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD is that same $1099, and you get both Turbo boost and hyper-threading, the latter making a big difference as the machine ages and more macOS processes need to run all the time. I believe going with the hyper-threadable i7 on my 2011 MacBook Air is the only reason that machine still functions 7+ years later.
As for Synology, it's always hard to say... they have so many models. But... I think the DS918+ that @johnfbraun just got is a great one these days, with plenty of CPU and hardware transcoding for all your videos.