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Frank Field Photography's Digital Darkroom

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- Frank Field of Frank Field Photography

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Vomund Photography

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- Rob Vomund of Vomund Photography

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Lightroom Classic CC Workstation FAQ


Q: What is the difference between the General and Export Optimized workstations?

A: With Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe made major improvements to how well some tasks are able to utilize CPUs with higher core counts. Prior to this update, the 6 core CPU found in our General Lightroom workstation was the best CPU for every task, but due to this change you can see up to a 40% performance gain when exporting and generating previews with one of the 8, 10, or 14 core Intel Core i9 CPUs that are used in our Exporting Optimized system.

Q: Does having more CPU cores improve Lightroom performance?

A: Depending on the action, Lightroom might only be able to use a handful of cores or it can use a high number of cores. Most general editing tasks (like scrolling through images and adjusting effects) only utilize one or two cores while other tasks (like exporting and generating previews) can effectively use up to 8, 10, or even 14 CPU cores. For users that tend to export large numbers of images, a higher core count CPU can significantly improve performance with a 14 Core CPU being almost twice as fast as a 6 Core CPU.

Q: You only list Core i7 CPUs, don't I need a Xeon CPU?

A: In the past, Xeon CPUs were more robust than their Core i5/i7 counterparts. Today, however, there is very little functional difference between the two Intel product families for workstations. In addition, Xeon CPUs are almost always clocked slightly lower than the Core i7 CPUs which means that you will be giving up a small amount of performance to gain a set of features that are typically only useful for servers.

Q: Do any of your systems support Thunderbolt?

A: Unfortunately, at this time our compact workstations do not yet have Thunderbolt support - but we are working on it! If you need Thunderbolt, email one of our sales representatives at sales@pugetsystems.com or call us at (425) 458-0273 and we can help you configure one of our workstations with Thunderbolt support.

Q: Do I need to use a Quadro card or is GeForce OK?

A: Either type of card should work great in Lightroom, but for most users a GeForce card is the better option. They are much more affordable are able to match performance of the Quadro cards for fraction of the cost. However, there are two main benefits to using a Quadro video card - they support 10-bit displays and we have found them to be a bit more reliable long-term.

Q: How powerful of a video card do I need?

A: While even an entry video card will be able to provide a huge boost in performance for GPU accelerated effects, there is a sharp drop in performance benefit by using anything more than a mid-range video card. Once you get above a GeForce GTX 1060 or Quadro P4000, you are only looking at a few percent higher performance for each model up you go.

Q: Do your systems support 10-bit displays?

A: With the selection of a Quadro video card, our Lightroom workstations fully support 10-bit displays.

Q: How much system RAM do I need?

A: In our experience Lightroom rarely, if ever, will need more than 16GB although if you use the machine for other things like editing large images (750MB+) in Photoshop you may need 32GB or more of system RAM.

Q: Should I use an SSD for my files?

A: Yes! With the falling costs associated with SSDs, we almost always recommend using an SSD for the primary drive that will host your OS, Lightroom itself, and any active projects you are working on. The high speed of SSDs allows your system to boot, launch applications, and load files many times faster than any traditional hard drive. However, SSDs are still more expensive than traditional drives per GB - so for long term storage we recommend having a secondary traditional hard drive in addition to a primary SSD.

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