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Memory for M1 Mac

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My apologies if this has already been asked. I tried searching for "M1 Mac", both with and without quotes, but the search system says the terms are too short.

Anyway, I am looking to buy an M1 Mac. I can get one today if I go with the standard 8 GB of memory. If I want 16 GB, as I have in my current machine, I'll have to wait several weeks and pay $200 more. So my question: Is the extra memory really needed? I have heard that these new machines use memory more efficiently of something, so that 8 GB is as good as the old 16 GB. But I'd like to hear from someone who has actually run Lightroom, and maybe Photoshop, on an M1 Mac.
 
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Check this post, especially the user experience of Mark.

Personally, I'd not recommend 8Gb - it's the minimum Adobe recommend.

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Check this post, especially the user experience of Mark.

Personally, I'd not recommend 8Gb - it's the minimum Adobe recommend.

 
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I am waiting on Apple to construct and deliver the M1iMac that I have ordered. I’ll be waiting 6 weeks.
16GB do RAM is the maximum available. If it is not the minimum required now, it will be in a few years. If 32GB were offered, I would have ordered that.


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Working on the assumption that 16gb is the minimum then a reduction in ssd size would be the required compromise for myself.
Therefore getting 16gb Ram and a 256gb disk size. Would that allow adequate space for iMac software plus Lightroom CC and leave space for storage whilst waiting until external ssd could be purchased at a later date.
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Working on the assumption that 16gb is the minimum then a reduction in ssd size would be the required compromise for myself.
Therefore getting 16gb Ram and a 256gb disk size. Would that allow adequate space for iMac software plus Lightroom CC and leave space for storage whilst waiting until external ssd could be purchased at a later date.
Rob

Disk size is critical for image storage. Either included in the primary disk (1TB minimum IMO) Or plans on mounting an external disk for data. 256GB is barely enough for the Operating system, app executables and Working storage (100GB of free space)


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My photo requirements will be based on using jpgs from my Olympus Pen F Although I might start using raw again with new iMac.
With that in mind would I find it better to go 8gb and increase the storage size. I am not ready to push budget higher.
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My photo requirements will be based on using jpgs from my Olympus Pen F Although I might start using raw again with new iMac.
With that in mind would I find it better to go 8gb and increase the storage size. I am not ready to push budget higher.
Rob
IMO, no. I think you will need both or will at some point regret the decision to skimp to RAM and storage. 256GB SSD is simply not adequate for file intensive apps like Lightroom. I think Apple's intended audience is the casual user that uses iCloud for their storage of photos and data files.
 
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