Speedy Logos : quad-core vs. memory boost

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phrogger | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Aug 17 2018 9:47 AM

I'm in the market for a new computer. Anyone have thoughts on whether I get a quad-core MacBook OR stick with a dual-core, but with increased memory. So,

do I spend $1799 on the new 13 MacBook w/ Touch Bar 2.3GHz quad‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 processor ?

OR

spend $1699 on the non-Touch Bar 13 MacBook 2.3GHz dual-core 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor (bumped up to 16 GB memory)

Any thoughts?

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Tom Reynolds | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 17 2018 10:24 AM

Logos certainly doesn't need 16GB of memory but it depends what else you are running at the same time. I certainly couldn't survive with less than 16 (I have 24 and am currently using 11 and am hardly doing anything). Logos does push the processor at times but not regularly so again it depends what you are doing at the same time and how you feel about waiting.

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Veli Voipio | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 17 2018 10:34 AM

In L7 Windows version Logos seems to use one core only. When indexing, it might use second core since indexing is fast.

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Mattillo | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 17 2018 10:41 AM

I have a surface pro 3 w/ an i5 and 8gb of ram and Logos has been running a lot slower recently.  Especially when I have a few visual filters selected or I go to Atlas.  I don't know if that is a Ram thing or a Processor thing so I'd say go with the $1799.  Future proof yourself

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James Taylor | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 17 2018 10:52 AM

phrogger:
Any thoughts?

an SSD has proven the most significant and noticeable speed booster for me.

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Dale E Heath | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 17 2018 11:15 AM

I recently replaced my 1T HDD with a 1T SSD on an old desktop SATA II 8GB memory, 2.9 AMD processor, native shared graphics. It improved my Logos performance tremendously. My startup of Logos desktop went from several minutes to 26 sec. and indexing from forever to a short very few minutes. Of course everything else ran faster too. $150 on Prime Day. I will never purchase another computer with an HDD.

My SSD is only 61% full. The more free space, the better the performance. 20% minimun.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 17 2018 12:11 PM

phrogger:
Anyone have thoughts on whether I get a quad-core MacBook

Apple offers recent refurbished Mac models (15 % off) => https://www.apple.com/shop/browse/home/specialdeals/mac

$ 1,609 MacBook Pro 13" (2017 model) with 8 GB Ram and 512 GB PCIe storage:

$ 1,659 MacBook 12" (2017 model) with 16 GB Ram and 512 GB PCIe storage: 

Apple Insider has Price Guide for New Macs => https://prices.appleinsider.com/current_gen that can have coupons

Geekbench has Mac processor benchmarks => https://browser.geekbench.com/mac-benchmarks that include

  • 4205 single core for 3.1GHz MacBook Pro 13" (mid 2017)
  • 3922 single core for 1.4GHz MacBook 12" (mid 2017)

Note: 4205 is 7 % faster than 3922 benchmark (most humans notice 10% of faster speed difference)).

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