how fast is memory speed and overall system size for CS4?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Father Kodak, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. Father Kodak

    Father Kodak Guest

    At some point, I'm going to upgrade my main system from Windows XP to
    a quad-core CPU and Vista 64. How much memory do I need if I'm
    working with Nikon NEF files that are about 25 MB each (full-frame, 14
    bit color). Is 4 GB enough, or should I go for 6 or 8 GB?

    Does faster memory improve Photoshop performance? If you look at the
    newegg website, you can see the same size memory at different speeds,
    with corresponding prices of course.

    As an example, newegg has _ 89 _ different products for 6 GB "kits"
    for DDR3 memory. If you were using an Intel i7 processor, you would
    probably buy a "kit" consisting of three sticks of memory. These 89
    different products range from a Crucial 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
    SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) for $79, all the way up to a CORSAIR
    Dominator GT 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) at
    $329, and there are products at $399 and $451.

    Does it improve Photoshop significantly to have faster memory, at
    greater expense? Is there a threshold, after which you're only
    wasting your money with faster memory?

    If I was willing to spend say $200 for memory, would I be better off
    with 12 GB of slower memory or 6 GB of "somewhat faster?" Or is this
    all specsmanship without real meaning?

    Father Kodak
    Father Kodak, Jul 5, 2009
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    Rob Guest

    That's about right just buy what suits your budget look for the upper specs.

    Available now at a good price E7600 or E8400 cpu or a Q8200. with 1066
    ram. Good board to suit.

    I use a 256 Video card but its important to have fast ram on the card
    mine is DDR3 - (there are still plenty around with DDR2 ram watch out).
    Unless you have a need for using 3D applications large memory size
    becomes unnecessary. PS is 2D
    Rob, Jul 6, 2009
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