Botts, how can I find out if my Dell has USB 3.0?
So would you say that wide colour gamut displays would be for people doing colour critical work? Many professional photographers use calibrated iMacs/thunderbolt displays with no problems and that does not have a wide colour gamut.
Thank you for the link to the enclosure.
Ruined, if I was to go Mac then I would keep the programs and the Lightroom catalog on the internal 256gb drive which will be fast, and then put a 960GB Crucial M500 drive into a USB 3.0 enclosure like the OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini, I wouldn’t have thought there would be much of a drop in speed in doing this. Anything is faster than my Dell!
I don’t know how accurate this is, but I downloaded a free program which read the speed of my current drive:
Write Speed = 100MB/s Read Speed = 110MB/s
So I would be getting a MASSIVE increase in speed on the iMac. What would you think the speed of the 960GB Crucial M500 would be if put into my Dell?
Typically USB 3.0 ports on non-Apple computers have blue plastic inside the port. They're also usually marked SuperSpeed or SS. You could likely also check through "Device Manager" I believe on Windows. On Mac you'd check under System Information.
With regards to benefit from wide-gamut, it'll depend how you print. My Canon Pro 9000 MK2 only hits about 40% of aRGB, the Pro 9500 MK2 hits 62%. If you're having a pro print shop doing your printing it may be useful for you. For my work, I'm often working in CMYK as I output to press usually. I'd give this a read before you buy a monitor Understanding ProPhoto RGB
. I don't find I need a wide-gamut display; I used them lots at university in our labs, but personally, I'm achieving good enough for me results with a calibrated iMac and rMBP. It all comes down to your work and destinations. If you're a hobbyist, narrow gamut is probably more than enough.
The max theoretical speed your Dell would achieve with any drive is 375MBps. With regards to your question about putting the SSD in a USB 3.0 external, max theoretical speed would be 625MBps. With Thunderbolt the max would be 1250MBps.
I'd first try running Lightroom Catalogues off the internal SSD with a USB 3.0 attached hard drive, then if it isn't fast enough invest in the SSD. I wouldn't invest the capital on the large SSD without trying the other option first.