Currently Being ModeratedJul 1, 2011 6:06 AM (in response to Scott Loeffler)
Very new iMac (12,2) i7 3.4GHz, 12GB RAM, SSD + 2TB HDD, triple monitor setup, Wacom tablet and Magic Trackpad.
Most of my images are from a Canon 7D 18 megapixel. I shoot only RAW on this camera. The images are typically about 25 MB each (no embedded JPEG).
Render times are about 1.5 seconds (time during which the "Loading..." message is displayed)
Previously used an '08 MBP dual core 2.4GHz with 8GBs RAM, 500GB 7200rpm disk, one external monitor when tethered. Reviewing images was very slow, at least 5 seconds render time per image which made it frustrating when rating and flagging new images. As a result, I have some catchup to do!
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Currently Being ModeratedJul 1, 2011 11:43 AM (in response to Scott Loeffler)
Mac Pro 2.8GHz x 8 | 10GB RAM | 6TB HD | GT120
Aperture often utilizes up to 600 - 800% CPU usage in processes such as lift/stamp, building previews, or even exporting it can spike up to a few hundred %. It will use as much processor power as you give it, so this appears to be the primary bottleneck.
As images get larger and requirements get heavier, it's great having a computer you can swap components in, which is why the Mac Pro is such a great photography workstation.
Graham - uniquelightsource.com
Currently Being ModeratedJul 1, 2011 5:30 PM (in response to Psilocybe)
Because I'm dealing with small raw files, I have no problem working with Aperture most of the time, although it can slow down a bit if I do work with large files (eg 30MB+ tiff of the raw files) and I start getting lots of page-outs. I'm memory-constrained, not CPU-constrained.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 1, 2011 5:47 PM (in response to CalxOddity)
12 gigs, Calx, 12 gigs! Almost fixes Page Outs!!
BTW, I grew up in Sydney, now in Massachusetts. G'day mate! Say hi to Taronga Park, the harbour and the restaurants, though they are better in Melbourne ;-)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 1, 2011 6:21 PM (in response to John Kitchen)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 2, 2011 12:53 AM (in response to John Kitchen)
The beefy iMac configuration is one of the ones I was looking at. I have a two year old Macbook Pro Core 2 Duo. I'm debating between upgrading to a new Macbook Pro or the iMac. My current one still runs Aperture fairly well and I'm thinking about keeping it and using it to travel with, but use the iMac as the main workhorse. thoughts?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 2, 2011 5:49 AM (in response to Scott Loeffler)
The Mac Pro is definitely number one. Why not consider that as an option?
Removable SATA, user-upgradable RAM/GPU, least expensive option long-term. Just visit otherworldcomputing.com and see what your options are with regards to expandability.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 2, 2011 4:30 PM (in response to Scott Loeffler)
What Psilo said. Consider waiting for the new Mac Pros if you want a stuck-in-one-place desktop box.
Any top-end Sandy Bridge iMac or MBP box will rock Aperture if you order it with strong graphics and an SSD. IMO using hard drives for laptop boot drives is obsolete.
A top-end Sandy Bridge MBP truly is a desktop replacment - - but still mobile.
In my case Aperture (3.1.2) on the 2011 17" MBP (OS 10.6.8, 8 GB RAM, high resolution matte display) with Apple's SSD imports 3 GB of RAW+JPEG images in much less than a minute and has those images fully processed in about 5 minutes. IMO hella fast. And edits (with both the Aperture Library and referenced Masters on the SSD) are essentially instant.
iMacs are good value and strong, but the problems with even the best Thunderbolt iMacs are:
• Glossy-only display that not everyone can tolerate. Personally they gag me.
• Hard drives are only upgradable by Apple, a sucky new trick in Apple's bag.
• They are sessile desktop-constrained boxes but lack the versatility and upgradability of Mac Pros.
But as far as Aperture performance goes all the top end Thunderbolt boxes will be spectacular.
I used to have a MP plus MBP setup, but with the 2011 Sandy Bridge MBP I now use the one 17" MBP (plus secondary display when not in the field) for everything.