Faster processing of RAW files - upgrade or wait?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hooly, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. hooly macrumors regular


    Nov 19, 2007
    I have an 'old' (non unibody) MBP with the following (very good) specs:

    4gb RAM, 2.5 GHz CPU.

    The machine is great and nice and fast for everything else, but takes up to a few seconds to render RAW files in Aperture, which interrupts my workflow.

    I assume that CPU speed and graphics card are the driving factors in this?

    I am interested in upgrading but I guess that going to 2.8Hz (or even 3.0) is not likely to make a perceptible difference and I should probably wait another few months for even better processors. Or would the dedicated graphics in the uMBP also make a big difference?

    Interested to hear your views. I am processing D700 files which are >10mb in size.


  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    It won't double your time, but I think you might get a 20-30% increase in speed by bumping up to 3GHz. 8GB of RAM can't hurt either.
  3. lyl macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2009
    Aperture is wont get much difference
  4. Mr.Bullitt macrumors regular

    May 15, 2009
    let me know about your experiences. I have D70s and want to buy D700 after summer :)

  5. bli625 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2009
    I would say wait until they come out with quad cores in a few years and/or Snow Leopard in a few months. Is a few seconds really that interruptive?
  6. hooly thread starter macrumors regular


    Nov 19, 2007
    yup, I'm going to hold out for now.

    thanks for the replies.

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