|Nov 17, 2012, 02:46 PM||#1|
iMac spec for working with D800 photos and video
I have a mid-2007 24-inch iMac (2.8GHz Core2 Duo with 4GB RAM and 256MB graphics).
Unsurprisingly, it crawls to a halt when I work with the large files from my D800 camera. I'm going to upgrade to the new 27-inch iMac. Photos and video are the only processor intensive tasks I do. How much benefit would I get from the upgrade options?
2.9GHz i5 vs 3.2GHz i5 vs 3.4GHz i7 processor?
16GB vs 32GB RAM?
512MB vs 1GB vs 2GB graphics?
3TB Fusion Drive or 765GB flash and an external hard drive?
I plan to keep it at least 3 or 4 years.
|Nov 17, 2012, 03:16 PM||#2|
BTW, I use Capture NX2 and not Photoshop.
Any advice is welcome and much needed..
Last edited by Mac2133; Nov 17, 2012 at 03:54 PM.
|Nov 18, 2012, 04:25 PM||#3|
I won't be getting Fusion because as far as I understand you need to open a file at least twice for it to be moved to the SSD. No good for me as I have a huge library of images and if I typically look in the archive, open an image to edit then not look at it again for a while - this means archived images may well never get the benefit of SSD speeds which is no good with such large D800 files. So it looks like it's going to be (painfully expensive) SSD only for me.
|Nov 18, 2012, 05:25 PM||#4|
27" 3.4GHz quad-core Intel core I7 with 8MB L3 cache
8GB Ram - Upgrade to 32GB 1600MHz DDR3 from OWC or Crucial
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX Graphic processor with 2GB of GDDR5 memory
Get a Fast External Thunderbolt Raid.
That will speed things up a bit.
I was planning to get the above system with the 3T or 1T Fusion drive, with a Samsung SE-506AB Slim Portable Blu-ray Writer. Right now I have a Synology DS212+ NAS 6T for Data and Backup.
Hope this helped
Last edited by Vuddha; Nov 18, 2012 at 05:34 PM.
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