To Increase Ram Or Not To Increase Ram....

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  1. Braineack

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    Lightroom does worse with more cores. Anything over 4 core is diminishing returns for LR: Adobe Lightroom CC/6 Multi Core Performance

    More RAM will only help if you're running out of RAM. Open Task Manager, click performance, and see how much of your 8GB your system is using with LR open.

    SSD is good.


     
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  2. bratkinson

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    Per the above article, more cores generally equates to slower clock rates (individual processor speed) to maintain both price points and limitations of cooling. That's especially true on laptops due to their very limited CPU cooling capabilities. CPU manufacturers have designed separate lines of cool-running processors primarily for use in laptops. Slower clock speeds are the easiest means to keep things cool.

    That's why I do all my photo editing using a tower computer I built a couple years ago using an 8 processor AMD FX-8370 overclocked to 4.7 ghz. (It's really easy using 2 steps faster RAM than the MOBO requires!). Not to brag, but Lightroom is essentially 'no waiting' for everything I do until I've made maybe 3,000 total edits (SYNC across 100 photos of 5 changes = 500 separate edits to get stored, as each photo can be 'undone' individually), then I have to wait a bit for each change to get saved. I've always been a 'speed demon', first, cars, now, computers 50 years later!
     
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    I had the FX-8320 clocked to 4.2 and LR was absolutely junk on it.

    I finally swapped out the MB/CPU/RAM for the intel i7-7700k and there's no comparison between the two in terms of performance.

    couldn't even watch 4k videos on the AMD...
     
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    astroNikon 'ya all Bananas I tell 'ya Supporting Member

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    FYI, there are "hybrid" hard disks where have the regular platters spinning and a SSD in one unit.
    They are in laptops and help you get a fast performance, with more cheaper storage. Such as this example ==> https://www.bestbuy.com/site/dell-i...brid-hard-drive-black/5709801.p?skuId=5709801

    per the above link
    "2-in-1 hybrid hard drive provides both size and speed
    Incorporates a large-capacity 1TB hard drive at 5400 rpm for ample storage, with 8GB of NAND Flash memory to speed up start times and accelerate frequently accessed data."
     
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    I concur, the 1.6GHz cpu is behind the power curve for serious photo editing.
    When I was at my nephew's wedding, I only did the minimum amount of editing there, for only a couple dozen photos. My laptop was taking too long to process the images. Just not enough horsepower.
    I did ALL the images at home on my mini-tower (4 cores and 3.2GHz).

    Also when photo editing, do not run other applications, as they suck CPU cycles from the photo editor, and make the editor run slower.
     
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    You will probably see more performance increase by getting a SSD hard drive.
     
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    Depends on where the bottleneck is. You need to look at the resource monitor or task manager when the system slows down.
    • If the drive is at 100% for any significant amount of time, then it is the drive.
    • If the CPU is running at or near max for a significant amount of time, it's the processor.
      • This was my problem on the laptop.
    • If the used memory is at or near your physical RAM, then your system could be swapping, and slowing down.
     

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