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Mac Pro Westmere RAW-file Processing with Nikon Capture NX2

Last updated September 05, 2010 - Send Feedback

See test machine configuration.

Nikon Capture NX2 2.2.4 — convert to 16-bit uncompressed TIF

The perennial performance sluggard in the RAW-file conversion space, Nikon Capture NX2 2.2.4 is unbearable slow. Version 2.2.5 is not any better.

The 12-core model is slower than the 6-core model, no surprise given the thread-contention problems in Capture NX2.

RAW-file Processing Speed — Save as 16-bit TIF

Marginal CPU core usage, very “spiky”, so a fast CPU clock speed is most important.

CPU Core usage with Mac Pro RAW file conversion software
CPU core usage with Nikon Capture NX2 converting to 16-bit TIF
2010 Mac Pro 6-core @ 3.33GHz

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