Faster processing of RAW files - upgrade or wait?

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

  1. hooly macrumors regular

    hooly

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    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.

    Thanks!

    Hooly.
     
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020

    geoffreak

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    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

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    Aperture is slow..you wont get much difference
     
  4. Mr.Bullitt macrumors regular

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




     
  5. bli625 macrumors 6502a

    bli625

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    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

    hooly

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

    thanks for the replies.
     

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