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| p.1 #12 · Lightroom 4.2 - Dual Core vs Quad Core? |
OK sorry for delay, have had a lot on and getting the x79 board set up under mac os has been a COW in the utmost.
Yes its better.
Is it much better? No
Have I seen a big improvement in noise slider behaviour due to the different platform? No
Have I seen an improvement only in-line with extra grunt? Yes
Are LR Noise sliders better with HT off? Seemingly yes.
Is it screamingly fast and fun to use? Yes
Was it worth it? Well.... I sank about 25+ hours into getting it right including an RMA due to a screwed BIOS, I got unbelievably frustrated but pressed on to get a MacOs based solution on it and still had to spend extra money on an external Audio solution.
So yeah after about $1100, 25+ hours of work, late nights, cut fingers on cases, lost time and an incremental perfromance improvement, I would have to say through gritted teeth and with a slightly robotic glare: "yes, it was totally worth it, best decission i ever made etc etc" :-[ (buyer psychology).
Still its an improvement, its an improvement I needed that drags the problem back into the 'workable' range but it was an expensive improvement. Also, Im overclocked to 4.5GHz @ 1.375Vcore. I cant seem to get past this so I reckon Im at the ceiling of my chip. If you are considering a jump based on my results, you need to be prepared to O/C with at least a closed loop H100 water cooler.
15bit. Your conclusions appear to be prophetic.
Edited on Dec 04, 2012 at 11:51 PM · View previous versions