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.