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drew
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Re: Help Me Spec a Laptop for My Wife

As a fellow photographer:

•If she's shooting RAW (and she should be) the faster memory, disk and CPU are, the better.
•Get her a SSD.
•Get her AT LEAST 8GB of RAM, if not 16+.
•The kind of video work she's doing isn't complicated, but rendering is a long, long process and having fast equipment in both the CPU and GPU speed it up considerably.
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said by drew:

As a fellow photographer:

•If she's shooting RAW (and she should be) the faster memory, disk and CPU are, the better.
•Get her a SSD.
•Get her AT LEAST 8GB of RAM, if not 16+.
•The kind of video work she's doing isn't complicated, but rendering is a long, long process and having fast equipment in both the CPU and GPU speed it up considerably.

The GPU helps speed that up Drew? I wouldn't have thought that.


drew
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The GPU helps speed up rendering in CS4/5 (and I'm sure 6): »helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/gpu···d_OpenGL

Lightroom (the popular RAW image library and editor) is NOT GPU accelerated: »forums.adobe.com/message/4171699

Most modern video renderers help offload work to the GPU as well - I forget what the technology is called but some 3-4 year old PowerDirector software I have makes use of the GPU and speeds up rendering 10-15%.
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Krisnatharok
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Does the fact that there's a discrete GPU mean most of the performance boost, or would a GTX 680M provide significantly more computing muscle than, say, a more modest GT 650M?
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drew
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I don't know, but suspicion says discreet will add more.



Krisnatharok
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Both are discrete, one is a top-end gaming GPU, the other is a middle-of-the-road, all-purpose GPU.



drew
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Ah, yes.

I have no idea what the answer is. I imagine the most performance benefit comes from having something to offload to and there are diminishing returns on the performance of said GPU.

Caveat: I don't know about this, I am just guessing.
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