LightRoom w/large files: Mini or Server?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by DHart, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. DHart macrumors 6502

    DHart

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    My usage is entirely with LightRoom and Photoshop use with large (5DMkII) files... which is better, a high-end Mini with maxed RAM or a high-end Mini Server model with maxed RAM? I'm not too concerned about internal HDDs as I can add external drives no problemo.

    Thanks, in advance, for your comments!
     
  2. philjo macrumors member

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    The advice I got from a dedicated lightroom forum was that the current versions of Lightroom make heavy use of CPU & RAM but do not use the GPU much.
    Therefore you would get much better performance with the quad core server than a dual core with the better graphics.
    As I understand it Lightroom 3.x doesn't make much use of hyperthreading so the quad core server would give better performance, especially when processing a large number of RAW files. (though this could change in later releases)
    It should run OK on the non-server versions though.

    The server version also as the 7200rpm HD as standard which will give better performance for Lightroom than the 5400rpm HD supplied with the non-server version. LR also runs better if the images are on a separate HD from the LR catalogue & acr cache files, so the dual HD in the server will be ideal for this.

    I am planning to buy the quad core mini server myself to use for Lightroom & I will fit the 8GB RAM.
     
  3. JCT macrumors 6502

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    I just ordered a Mini Server for the exact same use having received identical advice regarding Lightroom and the GPU.

    Looking forward to it.
     
  4. DHart thread starter macrumors 6502

    DHart

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    Thanks guys for your comments... Server it is.
     

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