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Just how fast are newer machines these days ?

 
donboyfisher
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Sep 04, 2007 04:59 |  #1

I'm not looking for benchtesting results blah blah blah, its more from a useability point of view.


I currently have Lightroom 1.1 on a 1.7Ghz laptop with 2Gb ram driving a 24" Dell monitor. For the most part its fine, but i'm really considering upgrading the machine to a decent spec box for the photos and other things which I like to do. I'm just trying to guage just how much faster i'd notice things being.


Heres a typical thing which i do. I'll import photos into lightroom and then start browsing them. In library mode, i'll quite often double click a thumbnail to show it solo and then single click to zoom to 100%. When I do this, the 'LOADING' icon appear whilst its rendering the full quality picture. This typically takes about 5 to 6 seconds on my machine.

Now, i can put up with that i guess ... its livable with, but if i go for a very decent new machine ( like a Mac Pro ), just how much faster does something like that take? Still a few seconds? or is it all but instant? ( which would be very nice ! )

Camera RAW files are 30D by the way.

thanks,

Donald




  
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Sep 04, 2007 05:08 |  #2

i'm wondering this too, thinking of purchasing a macbook pro.


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Nursedad
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Sep 04, 2007 05:56 |  #3

I have a Macbook pro (2.2ghz variant) and my experience with Lightroom (specific to speed) has been pleasant. I do get the "loading" notice while when double clicking to load a full size render, but it generally only lasts 2-3 seconds. Not a huge improvement over your current experience...but compared to my previous G4 experience...much faster.

I suppose speed expectations are going to be different for any individual. The Mac Pro's may be significantly faster though...I'm sure there are several on this board who can address speed on those beauties.

Best of luck in your decision.


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Atl-Fotos
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Sep 04, 2007 14:21 |  #4

Don, I just got a dell 2.6ghz dual processor with 2g of ram and it does make a huge difference in the speed of lightroom. I had a 1.7ghz with 1g of ram and when I would autosync a bunch of images it would take a few seconds for each image to change. Now I watch each image change in about a second. I really did not want to spend the money but now I am glad I did.


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