Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Jan 2018 14:40 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

If there's one thing that will make even the most powerful computer feel like a 7 year old rig, it's Adobe Lightroom paired with RAW files from any high-megapixel camera.

In my case, I spent over a year of spare time editing 848GB worth of 11,000+ 42-megapixel RAW photos and 4K videos from my New Zealand trip and making these nine photosets. I quickly realized that my two year old iMac was not up to the challenge.

In 2015 I took a stab at solving my photo storage problem with a cloud-backed 12TB Synology NAS. That setup is still running great. Now I just need to keep up with the performance requirements of having the latest camera gear with absurd file sizes.

I decided it was time to upgrade to something a bit more powerful. This time I decided to build a PC and switch to Windows 10 for my heavy computing tasks. Yes, I switched to Windows.

I love articles like this, because there is no one true way to build a computer for any task, and everyone has their own opinions and ideas and preferences, making sure not one self-built PC is the same as anyone else's. Add in a healthy dose of urban legends and tradition, and you have a great cocktail for endless discussions that never go anywhere.

It's clickbait without actually being clickbait.

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The123king
Member since:
2009-05-28

Mac OS X is a beautiful OS to use, but Apple's hardware is just awful nowadays. Until they wake up to the fact their hardware sucks if you want to do anything with it, i'll have a Windows (7) machine to do my heavy computing and gaming tasks, and a Macbook to do web browsing and casual gaming.

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CaptainN- Member since:
2005-07-07

Apple's software sucks for gaming (really it's their third party driver policy, but they also refuse to modernize their OpenGL implementation). But their hardware is pretty good - most PC gamers actually use crappy under powered Windows laptops - THOSE are crappy hardware.

What Appple does lack as far as hardware, is a nice middle tier hardware package, with a beefy GPU (or the ability to upgrade the GPU). If you want a decent GPU, you have to spend big coin to get the top end hardware (and they aren't even offering top gaming GPUs any more in their laptop lines). That's not ideal for gamers - but what they do offer isn't super terrible either - not compared with generic Windows PCs...

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

most PC gamers actually use crappy under powered Windows laptops - THOSE are crappy hardware.


Do you have a source for this? If you mean casual gaming like strategy and MMO games, I can believe it. But quad core laptops are rare and much more expensive than an equivalent desktop machine, and AAA games are increasingly requiring more than two cores to even launch. Hell, Far Cry 4 won't run on anything less than four cores without major hacks and the bugs those introduce, and it's old by gaming standards.

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