I have recently upgraded my desktop computer to the latest 8 cores 2.66Ghz Mac Pro with 16GB RAM. My previous desktop was a Powermac G4 with dual 1Ghz PowerPC G4. It served me well for quite a few years and the speed was tolerable until I got the 5D Mark II. The huge RAW files of the 5D Mark II brought the Powermac to it’s knees. It took over one minute to convert one RAW file and won’t run new software like Photoshop CS4 and Capture One Pro 4. It was far too slow. However, at that time, the new Mac Pro was not released yet, and I bought a Macbook Pro in the mean time. It was already a huge improvement over the Powermac G4. The Macbook Pro with 2.53Ghz Core2 Duo processors and 4G of RAM was speeding a long I thought. Converting 5D Mark II RAW files became much faster. It also ran the latest version of Photoshop and Capture One Pro at decent speed…..I thought.
Anyway, the Macbook Pro was always going to be an interim solution only and I finally took the pluge and bought the new Mac Pro. It’s a speed demon. Although I thought subjectively that the Macbook Pro was quite fast, when put to a stopwatch, it took between 18 to 35 seconds to convert one 5D Mark II RAW file to 16bit TIFF file with Capture One Pro. On the new Mac Pro, it took only 5 seconds on average to covert one RAW file. I occasionally would see the progress bar coming up in the Macbook Pro running filters like Gaussian Blur, but on the Mac Pro, I have yet to see the progress bar appear when running similar filters.
Of course the Mac Pro is also speedy with a lot of other tasks. It should help to speed up a lot of my work from now and hopefully should serve me well for at least a few years.