Best Processor for Photoshop, and Practical Differences

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photosteve212 Junior Member • Posts: 36
Best Processor for Photoshop, and Practical Differences


I'm looking for a new system, and have it narrowed down to determining the best processor for my needs.

I am a fine art photographer using 36mg RAW files with final output being 40x50" prints. I probably will be doing color correction and processing in spurts every month or so; web browsing and a few other minor applications. I'll have a SSD drive, plus a pair of 2T hard drives, and a standard, I think, video card (but I could be wrong).

So, my main question revolves around the processor.

From this board, I was recommended to the CPU Benchmarks web site, and see the Xeon E5-26xx series, and the Core i7-4930K and i7-3970x among the top.  However, the price range is significant between them ranging from $1,000 to $1,500 for the E5 instead of the i7.

My question is, for my needs, is it worth it?

Would processing an image with multiple layers be significantly faster, such as rendering Unsharpen Mask for example to be worth the extra expense?  30% more, according to the CPU Mark 13,000 compared to 17,000?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

Best regards, Steve

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