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Performance Lightroom 6.14 vs. Classic CC 8.x on 2 cores?

joptimus

New Member
Joined
Dec 30, 2015
Messages
6
Lightroom Experience
Beginner
Lightroom Version
Lightroom Version
6.14
Operating System
macOS 10.14 Mojave
Hi guys and girls,

I've been pondering upgrading LR 6.14 to the subscription model (Classic CC 8.1 currently) for a while now. I only have a Macbook Air with 2C/4T and I'm wondering about the performance uplift. I've only seen benchmarks on higher end platforms on Pugetsystems.com, which don't apply to my system.
I'm currently generating previews and my CPU utilization is not going above 60% which is surprising considering I only have 2 "real" cores.
Unfortunately, I already used up my free demo of LR Classic CC about a year ago - before the performance update came out.

Any of you out there who did make the switch on a similarly low-specced system and can tell me if it's worth it? At some point in the next 1-2 years I'd upgrade my computer to 4-6 cores, but not now.

Thanks!
 

LouieSherwin

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Staff member
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Lightroom Guru
Joined
Jun 24, 2010
Messages
1,421
Location
Encinitas, CA USA
Lightroom Experience
Advanced
Lightroom Version
Classic 7
Hi @joptimus,

Classic 8 has both capability to do more and has been optimized to do them more efficiently. Having said so the actual performance that you might see "depends on" many factors. The most significant of these factors are CPU clock speed, available RAM and size and type of the image, resolution and raw or JPG.

Since you are presumably not changing any of these at this time you may not see much if any of a difference in daily editing. It might even improve a bit due to the performance tweaks in 8.x. The things that slowed LR down in the past, lots of spot removal and selective editing, will also slow down 8.x.

The number of cores can be significant but multiple cores are only used in certain operations such as Import, preview generation and Export but not in the Develop Module. So I think that you could expect these operations to be about the same as before.

If it is still possible you could try purchasing a monthly subscription instead of paying for a whole year. That way you could use Classic for only about $10 for a whole month and cancel if it did not perform to your satisfaction. I currently pay monthly instead of annually. I really don't know if that is still an option but perhaps worth looking into.

-louie
 

davidedric

Active Member
Joined
Oct 28, 2013
Messages
711
Location
Cheshire, UK
Lightroom Experience
Intermediate
Lightroom Version
Classic 8
My understanding is that you have to take out a year's subscription, but can opt to pay in one chunk, or twelve. What happens if you opt for monthly payments and then just stop the payments I don't know.

Dave
 

Ed Anderson

Member
Joined
Aug 7, 2018
Messages
26
Lightroom Experience
Intermediate
Lightroom Version
Classic 8
The free trial period for adobe is 7 days, after that you need to start a cloud membership. Once your subscription starts you have 14 days to cancel for a full refund. After that you enter into a "contract". Adobe does not offer a month to month payment plan for the photography plan. Its either Annual Prepaid (full balance charged upfront) or Annual-paid monthly. If you choose Annual paid monthly and terminate your contract early, you are charged a 50% termination fee based on the number of months left. For example, if you have 6 months of your contract left when you cancel and you pay $10/month, you’d pay 50% of the $60 remaining balance = $30 early termination fee.
 
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