What computer to easily process D800 files?

Started Jul 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
RomanJohnston
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Re: Basics....
In reply to PhotoKaz, Aug 2, 2013

PhotoKaz wrote:

You are not the only person in IT, and we do benchmarking in our company as well. At the end of the day we can both state our opinion and let the OP decide for themselves.

Well you challenged me. I just made my post to the person you opened this dialogue between us....I know I am not the only person in IT...I just know I am the person directly responsible for the benchmarking and know what my results are. You say your company "does benchmarking" that is quite different from being the person that actually tasked with the work.

I also know people want one thing and often NEED another....you know...the big eyes that want the best despite what the numbers and testing say. 

Telling anyone in 2013 to run 8GB of RAM is just silly in my opinion. Memory is so cheap and every new OS and app that comes along uses more memory than the version before. I consider 16GB the minimum today for photo editing. You can get by fine with 8GB but why limit it when you can double it for peanuts? I too have a D800 and this is based on my own personal experience not random speculation.

Again...the testing...not the price of ram....run my decisions and recommendations.

Also, if you are an experienced IT tech I would expect you to recommend a better backup strategy than a simple external hard drive. That simply protects you from a drive failure in your computer, but unless you have multiple external drives and swap take them off-site, or combine it with some type of cloud solution you don't have much security for any issues such as fire, flood, theft, etc.

I was not recommending a full backup strategy. This person never even broached the subject. Now your just puffing your chest and trying to make yourself look "right". I only addressed they way to handle my recommendations.

In short...the OP stated a very capable machine that seemed not to be performing up to the standards that are already capable of working with D800 files. I merely offered an option that didn't require buying much if not anything. No reason to spend money if your current hardware is more than capable.

Roman

RomanJohnston wrote:

I am a technician by trade and I am responsible for benchmarking PC's and handling hardware requests that come in. Researching the customers need. One of our benchmarks is Photoshop AND I own a D800. I think I have a handle on what I just told this person. I do this for a living day in day out.

I have an old 4x Phenom II 905e (the power saving processer) with 8 GB of ram and a simple Quadro 600 video card running 64bit Windows 7. That is probably less than this person has in his laptop in question...and I have zero problem running D800 files including multi layer 6 and 7 stitch panos.

Roman

PhotoKaz wrote:

RomanJohnston wrote:

Your current computer sounds (hardware wise) more than enough to do the job.

i7 is a bit of overkill unless your editing videos.

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/cpu-charts-2012/-33-Adobe-Photoshop-CS-6,3169.html

i7 is faster, so it you want better performance get a better CPU. You get what you pay for, no overkill here.

16gb of ram is overkill. (8 gigs is the sweet spot)

I disagree here. If you start working with D800 files in PS, add a few layers or create panoramas you need memory. RAM is cheap, I would say 16GB is the absolute minimum these days.

I would back up all your stuff you have on your computer on an external drive

Unless you automate the backup to the drive and take the drive off-site, this is not a good backup strategy. I posted a better strategy here: http://photokaz.com/2012/06/home-computer-backup-strategy/

I would then perform a restore for the Operating System I rebuild my system every 6 months or so.

Why? This is not necessary.

Buying a hard driver for backup is a lot cheaper.

And ineffective unless managed correctly, which no one ever does.

I think you might be surprised.

Roman

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