I use DxO PhotoLab and wish it was faster both editing (e.g. entering Local Adjustments) and exporting with Prime NR. I typically process raw images from a Canon 5D3 which average around 36 MB. PhotoLab is configured to enable OpenCL and process 2 images at once. I’m running Windows 10 64 bit.
My PC has an Intel i7-4770 processor, 300W PSU, 12 GB DDR3-1600 memory, 3 TB SATA HDD, and an Nvidia 2 GB GeForce GT720 display card. With that configuration I can process raw files at max of around 28 sec. per image. When testing export I see around 3 GB memory usage, 99% CPU usage, and very little disk I/O.
I’ve spent some time poking around various forums but haven’t seen anything that directly responds to these questions. From what I read memory isn’t an issue and an SSD wouldn’t help, but a faster CPU or display card might be helpful.
Can anyone tell me how this performance compares to that of more powerful and expensive configurations? If I’m already close to maximum performance then I won’t spend time and effort if I’ll only get minimal improvement.
If I do try to improve processing speed would a faster graphics card be a good option? My thought is that trying a faster card, probably around the most powerful that would run with the 300W PSU, would be a reasonable option to try. Any idea how much my processing time per image would be reduced if I tried that? If not should I try something else? I’d be willing to spend some money to get some improvement but I’m not willing to dump a lot of money to get a gaming-class PC.