Have loved Personal Brain since v3 but have also grown to not be happy when it sucks-up all of my computer's resources while slowing down to a snails pace. The clean slate relationship with the app is awesome, fast moving and creative, but just as one gets things organized for fast motion it then starts to bog down. Thought that I had a good computer configuration because it never stressed (fans hissing) unless I was processing many photographs. But now it hisses at me constantly with the slightest use of PB, just when I have setup one (500 Thought) database that rocks and I am looking for agility.
Perhaps my current computer is deficient because it is not the latest, so I have been considering getting a new one. Thinking of the top of the line MacBookPro with all the possible memory and accelerators that are available. At about $4,000, its not cheap. It literally would be an investment just so that I could improve on PB's performance. But my concern and question is, is it enough? Should I be considering a desktop version mac with even more processing than the laptop (killing portability for performance)? Harlan, what configuration do you use to test Mac in the shop?
Or is it a Mac limitation with PB? That it will never be able to run without being gummy, no matter what.
Should I be considering buying a top-of-the line Windows laptop (don't even know what to call them now, its been so long since I have owned one) just to run PB? Is that platform better for Personal Brain than OSX? Harlan, what do you suggest as to a PC vs Mac configuration? What PC configuration do you use?
The objective of this post is to get clarity of what gets the best performance for this performance intensive application. My approach is different…what is the recommended configuration for, let's say, Power Brain Users?
Model Name: MacBook Pro
Model Identifier: MacBookPro11,3
Processor Name: Intel Core i7
Processor Speed: 2.3 GHz
Number of Processors: 1
Total Number of Cores: 4
L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
L3 Cache: 6 MB
Hyper-Threading Technology: Enabled
Memory: 16 GB