• Welcome to Lightroom Forums! We're a friendly bunch, so please feel free to register and join in the conversation. If you're not familiar with forums, you'll find step by step instructions on how to register and post your first thread under Help on the menubar above. You're also welcome to join our newsletter, download our free Lightroom Quick Start eBook and explore our other FAQ resources.
  • You may have noticed this website was offline on Saturday 22nd September. Our web host suffered what is known as "a perfect storm". Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. As a result of restoring backups, we appear to have lost about 18 hours of posts, but hopefully nothing more. If your post seems to have been affected, please do repost, and we look forward to helping. If you have any questions, you're welcome to use the Contact Webmaster link on the page footer.
  • Lightroom Classic 7.5 and Lightroom CC 1.5 have just gone live, and there's some exciting mobile updates to follow. And the big news... my Lightroom CC - Edit Like a Pro book has just been released too!

PC Performance on Import


New Member
Dec 8, 2007
Lightroom Version
Lightroom Version
6.14 Perpetual
Operating System
Windows 10
Evening all,

Time has come for an upgrade to the PC (desktop), having recently bought the latest XPS15 FHD 16gig Ram etc I did a test on it.

Import 1000 1DX2 Raw files and Generate 1:1 previews, took 20 minutes. Do the same again but this time add in my usual develop preset and the process now takes 1 hour.

My question then, if I were to build a new PC, what part of the spec and configuration would speed up the applying the develop preset on import.



Senior Member
Mar 21, 2015
Dublin, Ireland.
Lightroom Experience
Power User
Lightroom Version
Check if you need to apply sharpening and or noise reduction at time of import. There may be a few other "edits" which may be resource heavy. Hopefully someone may comment. This might improve your current experience before upgrading.

Irrespective of machine spec make sure your catalog and Lr Cache folders are on an SSD (and configure PS to use the SSD for cache also).

I answered a query re hardware build on this post.
PC custom-built for LR or PS?

It may be worth reading and also check if there are any follow up comments.