Fastest PC config for Phase One Capture One Pro?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by JohnJ, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. JohnJ

    JohnJ Guest

    Has anyone done some research to find out what is the fastest PC (not Mac)
    config to run Phase One Capture One Pro. I already have a 3.2MHz Prescott
    with 2GB Ram and a 10,000 rpm SATA raid 0 array but find it too slow for
    some of the large batches which I process, sometimes 1 or 2 hundred images
    per batch.

    Thank in advance.
    JohnJ, Nov 22, 2005
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    Mark² Guest

    Hard drives and RAID arrays aren't really a factor that will slow you down.
    RAW conversion is a very processor-intensive activity.
    Heavy processors and plenty of fast RAM with fast bus speeds are about all
    you can do...
    Other bottlenecks that occur with other activities that stem from slow video
    cards and/or hard-drives aren't really a problem for RAW conversion, since
    writing the file quickly isn't a big deal. Your hard drive is capable of
    writing the tif files far faster than your processor can perform the
    Mark², Nov 22, 2005
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  3. JohnJ

    JohnJ Guest

    OK, but what about the details, which processor, motherboard, memory, etc?

    JohnJ, Nov 22, 2005
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    Steve Wolfe Guest

    OK, but what about the details, which processor, motherboard, memory, etc?

    By far, the greatest bottleneck will be the CPU. As for the memory, any
    modern CPU will have more than enough memory bandwidth for what you're
    doing. And the choice of motherboards is relatively small, as well. You're
    looking for straight CPU cycles.

    As you look around at what processors are available, you'll notice that
    you really can't get *much* faster than what you already have - even the
    "Extreme Edition", at 3.73 GHz, is only a paltry 16% higher in clock speed -
    and will set you back over $1,000 just for the chip. The days of
    gigahertz-wars and faster chips every other month are over, amigo. You
    could use a dual-core, but unless your software is designed for
    multiprocessing (and it doesn't look like it is), then you won't see any

    So, in the single-computer area, there really isn't any upgrade path that
    gives you any significant speedup - and even trying to get a speedup will
    become awfully expensive. By far, the fastest (and most cost-effective way)
    would be to buy a number of cheap single-CPU machines, and have them work in
    parallel. You could put together an 2.4- or 2.8- GHz class machine for
    around $450 or less, so for just the price of the *chip* mentioned above,
    you'd have two machines right there. For the same price as the total
    upgrade you mentioned, you'd have three or four machines, totalling over 10
    GHz in CPU cycles, and over 25 GB/sec memory bandwidth. The down side?
    Well, because your software isn't meant for clustering, then you have to sit
    down at each of the machines, and set things up yourself, which can be quite
    a slowdown.

    Steve Wolfe, Nov 22, 2005
  5. JohnJ

    JohnJ Guest

    Thanks, I've checked the Phase ONe Forums. Capture One utilises Dual Core so
    it might be my best option. I'll pass on the benchmark offer, but thanks

    JohnJ, Nov 22, 2005
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