I've got a Toshiba X505-S870 laptop that's a few years old. I5-720 with 8GB of memory. Windows 7 64-bit with SP1.
Doing photomerge to stack images is very slow. Even though they're jpegs, and there are only 6 or 8 of them (from a D800), it's quite slow. When I check the task manager, it's using all 8 gig of memory.
Actually, in general, with LR5.5 and PS CC 2014 running, it seems to chew up all the 8GB.
I can pretty easily increase the memory to 16GB. Thoughts on whether or not that'll make a significant improvement in performance?
Image staking requires a LOT of resources. At a minimum, you need 16 GB to run PS and LR5. I don't know if this will improve performance enough though.
Thanks Nancy. I had/have the same reservation. But, since laptops have so LITTLE that can be upgraded I decided to give it a try.
I hadn't given it much thought, but I was looking at laptops the other day and came across this in a review of an Alienware gaming laptop (about $3000). Paraphrasing: "This laptop should give you good gaming performance for at least 2 years"
HUH? We're now at the point where $3000 buys 2 years of adequate performance?
Anyhow, it seems to me that CC is absolutely brutal on CPUs and memory. I'm not sure whether LR or PS2014 will beat up a graphics card hugely, but I've noticed that my desktop, running quad-core at 3.9 GHz with 24 GB of memory and an SSD for O/S, LR catalog, and so on, has taken a significant performance hit with the latest versions. A rebuild is in the future... But, I"d like to keep the laptop going for a little while yet.