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What's more important, gigs or timings? Was contemplating getting 16 gigs but was wondering if i should get less w/ better timings....would be for i7 2600k./z68 pro
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if you ever go into "disk" (paging scratch) when editing large photo or multiple photos, and the photo program will access more memory, it will not matter so much the minor speeds of the timings vrses the pain of having parts of the working data set going to and from disk.

is 8gig now keeping you off of disk totally?
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Originally Posted by Psycogeek;15123156 
if you ever go into "disk" (paging scratch) when editing large photo or multiple photos, and the photo program will access more memory, it will not matter so much the minor speeds of the timings vrses the pain of having parts of the working data set going to and from disk.

is 8gig now keeping you off of disk totally?

not for me, for a friend. new build from scratch.
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The web says that adobee photoshop can handle 32gig without issue.
if that is your friends poisen , For me working with photoshop a good 8gig actually allotted to photoshop would be a good start, 16 would be "enough".
and having 10 times that , i could find something to do with it :-)
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The problem here is that even 2133ish RAM with the best timings won`t help.
PS stores the data into the RAM and the data is kept there.
So if PS needs e.g. 12GB for your current work and you have only 8GB then the rest will be swapped around, stored on the hdd and back. Since your hdd or even a ssd hasn`t the bandwith of RAM it would be wise to have enough RAM to avoid swapping (using the pagefile.sys).
And since RAM isn`t that expensive atm, just buy a ta more and make your friend and PS happy smile.gif

I have 16GB for After Effects (mainly) so AE can work with the RAM and doesn`t need to use the hdd. This would increase render times and effect my workflow (e.g. RAM preview).

exclamation.gif***Disclaimer: Of course it is better to have faster RAM and super tight timings - but if you ran out of RAM and are forced to use the hdd, then the hdd is the limiting factor. Not the RAM so it doesn`t help even if the RAM is super fast! ***
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post #6 of 7
I've been using photoshop for over 20 years and there's never enough GB's.
Although when I started out it was MB's smile.gif

If it's a choice of the two then I would say more GB but a lot depends on what work your friends doing. It makes a huge difference not to go into the hard drive scratch disk.

Hmm that's a point. Wonder if installing an SSD for a photoshop scratch disk would help.
I work with some large files!
Edited by 0Amadeus0 - 10/2/11 at 8:06am
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Wonder if installing an SSD for a photoshop scratch disk would help. 0Amadeus0

there was a post i read a while back where someone who i believe was a very informed photoshop user shed some light on the subject and described the advantages and disadvantages of SSD vs HDD in photoshop.

i can't remember the whole post BUT i do remember him saying that having a 10k HDD ie. velociraptor is better than having an ssd as the scratch disk. i don't remember the details but if someone could find that post i think it'd be greatly appreciated by everyone.

i'm currently experimenting with it now, having installed photoshop on a ssd as opposed to being on the old velociraptor; see if i notice any difference smile.gif

on topic however, going from 12GB to 24, i have noticed a bit of a difference in performance... but again i guess that's more task specific in what you actually do in photoshop.
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