Do I need more than 8800GT in 2008 mac pro to handle lightroom?

kudukudu

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I've got one of the 4 core early 2008 mac pro with 8800GT and 10 MB RAM with SSD as a boot drive for applications (okay at one time this sounded pretty impressive :) Anyway, I just got a nikon d800 and since a) imovie can't import movies from a D800, b) Aperture has been discontinued, I decided to make the move to lightroom for both pictures and video. The program seems a little sluggish compared to Aperture. Would improving the video card make a difference or do I just need to face reality regarding the age of my mac pro?
 

thekev

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Lightroom doesn't care, because it doesn't directly leverage any gpu framework. Your bottleneck is elsewhere. It could be any number of things, but it's not a gpu issue. It taxes your gpu about as much as safari or firefox.
 

sparkie7

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THink you might need more RAM. Look at Activity monitor and see how RAM is being used, and if any page ins and outs.. A larger SSD would help - esp apportioning a section of it as scratch disk...
 

Derekm15

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I have a D800E as well as a Mac pro 2008 I'm in the same boat as you debating what the best route is for an upgrade.
 

666sheep

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8800GT is enough for LR as previous posters said. In general it goes in this order: CPU, RAM, SSD. You can't do much with first in 2008, so focus on second and third. You may also want to check this arstechnica thread out.
 

Macsonic

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I've got one of the 4 core early 2008 mac pro with 8800GT and 10 MB RAM with SSD as a boot drive for applications (okay at one time this sounded pretty impressive :) Anyway, I just got a nikon d800 and since a) imovie can't import movies from a D800, b) Aperture has been discontinued, I decided to make the move to lightroom for both pictures and video. The program seems a little sluggish compared to Aperture. Would improving the video card make a difference or do I just need to face reality regarding the age of my mac pro?
When I had a 2008 3.1 Mac Pro, using Lightroom ran just fine without any sluggishness. My GPU was Nvidia 285gtx with 12g ram and just HD platter drives. I regularly do some maintenance like using Disk Warrior to regularly fix HD directories, Drive Genius to defrag and doing a clean install of the OS. You may want to try doing a clean install of the OS.
 
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