RAM or Processor?

7 months 23 hours ago #692104 by Tom Henry
In terms of editing power, which throttles computers the most, RAM or the processor?  


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7 months 23 hours ago #692108 by Nikon Shooter
An inadequate RAM will bottleneck the work of the processor
but enough will support its speed and power.

The processor is the driving force and the RAW its tool.

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7 months 23 hours ago #692110 by saponcpa
Thank you for your question. Actually, If you are a photographer and confuse which is works so much. I will say Processor but you should buy 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processors with Intel® Optane™. Then Get it a good performance. 


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7 months 23 hours ago #692114 by Nikon Shooter

Nikon Shooter wrote: An inadequate RAM will bottleneck the work of the processor
but enough will support its speed and power.

The processor is the driving force and the RAW its tool.


How did that M ever got upside down?  :ohmy:  :silly:

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7 months 15 hours ago #692136 by garyrhook

saponcpa wrote: Thank you for your question. Actually, If you are a photographer and confuse which is works so much. I will say Processor but you should buy 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processors with Intel® Optane™. Then Get it a good performance. 


Do you work for Intel?

Actually, bang for the buck, you want an AMD Ryzen 7 or 9, recent generation, or a Threadripper. If your application can take advantage of threads, then more is better. Lightroom, for example, is very threaded. And you want enough memory to avoid paging to disk, and failing that, you want to use an NVMe drive for best performance (because it's PCIe-connected).

That said, the processor is often the bottleneck. Not always, but it depends upon the application and the use case.


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6 months 4 weeks ago #692350 by saponcpa
I am agreed at your point. AMD Ryzen 9 Generation is really good. In fact, high power PC is mandatory to use Lightroom software, that's why I bought Core I 8 generation. I find your advice helpful. That is why I would request my PC provider for AMD Ryzen. Thank you, @Garyhook.


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7 months 12 hours ago #692442 by Uplander
RAM all the way


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5 months 14 hours ago #697464 by robertsmith19
Both play an important role. But I think, you should go for the processor first. 


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4 months 3 weeks ago #698090 by Naheed
The more powerful processor means your computer can quickly
accomplish its tasks. The more RAM means more data can juggle
at any given moment.


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4 months 2 weeks ago #698294 by yuanyasmine
RAM is cheap and can always be upgraded, whereas the processor isn't.  (well you could change the processor, but honestly, how often do we do this?)  I always go for the better processor.  Of course, the price difference would be the biggest factor for my decision of the two.


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4 months 2 weeks ago #698703 by Peter Nunez

yuanyasmine wrote: RAM is cheap and can always be upgraded, whereas the processor isn't.  (well you could change the processor, but honestly, how often do we do this?)  I always go for the better processor.  Of course, the price difference would be the biggest factor for my decision of the two.



You can't upgrade RAM in late model MacBooks after you bought the computer.   


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