iMac question for Nikon D800 files help needed

Started Feb 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
John Deerfield Veteran Member • Posts: 3,022
Re: iMac question for Nikon D800 files help needed

Do you think getting a 2.9GHz or 3.1GHz over the stock 2.7GHz would make that much of a difference for what I'm doing?

No, not really. It helps with resale value though! Your biggest bottleneck will be the hard drive. First, it's the boot drive so keeping images on that isn't recommend anyway. Second, it's only 5400 RPM! I have 16GB of Ram in my MacPro and it's OK but I have considered upgrading. And I am using external eSata hard drive towers... and the hard drive speed is still a huge bottleneck when working with D600 files. So D800 files would only be worse. I would look into something like this G-Tech drive as my primary image storage drive. However, as a Raid drive be sure you have a back up of the data on the drive (which is a good idea anyway).

I made sure to look at getting 16GB of RAM which some have said would make a big difference with those large files.

Yes, that would be the minimum I would consider.

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