8800GT Vs 4870 in MP 3,1 running 10.6 for LR & PS

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by slater-k, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. slater-k macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2008
    Hi Everyone,

    Primarily i use my MP for Lightroom and Photoshop. I was thinking of installing a flashed 4870, but i don't know how much difference the new card would make.

    I'm a photographer and practically the only intensive things that i do with the MP are using LR to edit and process RAW files, and then PS to retouch files (sometimes v big), but as this can be to a deadline, speed's quite important.

    Would switching make much difference to the RAW processing time, or filter times in PS? I'm going over to 10.6 during the Xmas break, and thought i could do the card at the same time if it's gonna make a nice difference.

    Many thanks,
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    MP 3,1
    16Gb RAM
    OS on 1 drive
    my user on 3x drive RAID 0
  2. Macinposh macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2006

    Next to nothing.

    Went (06 MP) from Tiger and 7300GT to 10.5.8 and ATI 4870 and virtually no performance increase.
    Photoshop,maybe some zoom/rotate canvas actions are snappier with large files (1-2gig). Lightroom havent noticed that big difference except when zooming.Even then...meh...

    So worth for you? I would say no.
    Learning new hotkeys in LR+PS will save you gazillion times more time with 0€ monetary input.

    Just my .002€
  3. slater-k thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2008
    Ha! I know what you mean about the hotkeys!

    Many thanks for the advice :)
  4. MrBorsa macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2009
    Thank you it helped me also :)

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