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Mac Pro Westmere RAW-file Processing with Nikon Capture NX2

2010-08-21 updated 2010-09-05 - Send Feedback
Related: Mac Pro, Macs, RAW, raw file processing

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 Nikon Capture NX2 converting to 16-bit TIF
2010 Mac Pro 6-core @ 3.33GHz
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