Author Topic: Pathway to upgrade a mid 2012 Mac pro.  (Read 461 times)

zalephoto

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Pathway to upgrade a mid 2012 Mac pro.
« on: August 22, 2018, 02:47:49 am »
I have a single core Mid 2012 mac pro. 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon with 32 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 memory and the original graphics board, ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024 MB. I have my system and programs on a SSD drive and data is on a eSATA drive-external. I normally am processing anywhere from 250 to 1500 images, using Prime, at a time.

And, time is the issue. It often takes more than a day to process and I need to figure out what to do to speed up the process.

Any help you can provide is more than appreciated.

Bencsi

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Re: Pathway to upgrade a mid 2012 Mac pro.
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2018, 12:14:36 pm »
The bottleneck is the number of cores. There is only one way to improve the efficiency is change the CPU. All other parameters of your computer is fine.

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MikeFromMesa

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Re: Pathway to upgrade a mid 2012 Mac pro.
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2018, 03:19:33 pm »
Yes. Optics Pro before and PhotoLab now support multi-threaded processing so the best way to speed up your processing is to use a multi-core chip. In fact I just replaced my old Mac Mini (dual-core) with a new MacBook Pro (6 core) just because the more cores that are available the faster processing those images should be.

zalephoto

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Re: Pathway to upgrade a mid 2012 Mac pro.
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2018, 03:34:38 pm »
Thank you for your responses. So, if I go to Two x 3.46GHz 6-Core 'Westmere' (Intel X5690, 12-Cores, QPI: 6.4GT/s) I should really be zipping along compared to my quad core 3.2GHz. Any downsides? Besides the cost?

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Re: Pathway to upgrade a mid 2012 Mac pro.
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2018, 11:51:32 pm »
All processing will be speed up at least 3x. Maybe more ( depends on some other parameter, like Cache1 size, SSD speed ( Samsung 960 pro has 2000Mb/ read speed vs. older SSD has 500 Mb/s), etc.  The OS and DxO program must be on the more speedy SSD. The storage media speed is not so important, even a HDD is OK.
Please take care of the cooling, because DxO use 100% of CPU, which should raise the CPU temperature to a dangerous level ( 85-90 C°). The water cooling is recommended.

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zalephoto

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Re: Pathway to upgrade a mid 2012 Mac pro.
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2018, 03:31:47 am »
Thank you.

 

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