Just to be clear, I don’t have a problem with my 8-year-old, i7 laptop. As such.
I would like it to be a bit nippier, but it’s not too slow to stop me working on it.
Nikon ViewNX-i is very painful to use.
PL2 only takes a few seconds for the image to be ready - see timings below.
I now edit 60 MByte files (from a Nikon D850 NEF 8256 x 5504)
rather than 12 MByte files (from a Nikon D300)
So obviously more data = more processing required.
and a bit slower.
I was just thinking as I was sitting in my garden, drinking a beer,
photographing the birds then editing them on my laptop,
that maybe i can resurrect the old tower PC under the stairs that is gathering dust.
just so that the editing is a bit faster.
I can get the bits ordered without leaving the lockdown.
I really wanted to know where best to put my money, component wise.
Having looked at the performance graphs in task manager,
I don’t see my graphics card maxing out at all,
I haven’t seen it over 30%
the main CPU maxes out quite a lot, when exporting,
when zooming (for a second or so).
So, it would seem that PL2 is using more of the CPU
to do its work rather than off-loading to the GPU.
that’s what i really needed to know, i guess.
i assumed, that windows 10 would decide what does what,
but it appears that the application has a part in it to.
I understand a bit better now! A bit!!
just out of curiosity i did some timings on my laptop,
would the following timings be slow by comparison to other people’s systems.
editing a 60 MB 8256 x 5504 NEF file on an HD screen 1920 x 1080
start-up to being able to edit is about 12 seconds
but this is a one-off thing.
Export (prime noise reduction) 1’53"
Export (HQ noise reduction) 23"
move to new image (in the film strip) and complete 4"
rendering (circles stop spinning in bottom right of screen)
(I can see the image immediately but it has not finished
rendering/applying lens distortion etc. completely)
zoom from fit screen (15%) to 1:1 to complete rendering 3"
move (pan) around an image at 100% to complete rendering 2"
so hold the image at the bottom left corner and move to the top right
bringing a new full part of the image into view
the price of i9 are eye-watering. Then there’s a new motherboard, memory…
the m.2 ssd look intersting - this is new to me.