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XPS 8700 GPU Upgrade Improvement?

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  • Keith Neff

    It will probably help a lot, much of the stuff On1 does is GPU centric.  Besides, if it's not that great an improvement you have a nice new graphics card for your new computer.

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  • Carl Traub

    Keep in mind that your motherboard may severely limit the throughput of your new graphics card.  The 3060 is a PCIe 4.0 card.  From a quick search, your motherboard may be a PCIe 1.0.  PCIe 4.0 has a maximum throughput of 32GB/s, whereas 1.0 has only 5GB/s.  That difference may be far more important for gaming than for image editing, and the GPU will be much stronger.  But that difference could make your new card feel like a lot less of an upgrade that it could be.  On1 doesn't give much guidance as to what aspects of a video are card are most important for PR.

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  • Vinny Giannino

    Here's my $0.02 ...

    I was in the same position a couple of years ago when 2020 or 2021 came out and my workhorse computer ran everything else great but not RAW. I was going to buy a GPU but decided to buy another computer instead. I say to take the money you'd use on a GPU and put it into a new computer to have updated everything, you don't need a massive, expensive computer just one with newer components including an updated bus and bios. Memory is now DDR5 and GPUs use DDR6 both which are faster than DDR3 and DDR4; CPU clock speeds are faster without overclocking as well. CPUs have more cores and can accomplish more than they could from computers of 5 to 10 years ago. When I open Task Manager in Windows 10 I see ON1 using quite a few cores when doing things.

    Spending $850 to $1000 now saves you the $350 now and in 2 years needing to possibly upgrade the whole computer.

    My computer is now about 3 YO and it runs everything fine, RAW 2024 has actually made processing a photo faster than 2023. I know that spending other people's money is easy, buying a new GPU may work depending on your system.

     

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  • Terry Loewenberg

    Reply to Carl Traub....

    MSINFO32 identifies my motherboard as a Dell 0KWVT8. Expansion slots are:

    3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 and 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16

    https://www.game-debate.com/motherboard/index.php?mot_id=3611&motherboard=Dell%200KWVT8

    Your thoughts?

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  • Carl Traub

    Terry,

    If your motherboard supports PCIe 3.0, then my concerns do not apply.  The information I found with a quick search for your motherboard showed some very vague info from Dell, and some confused owners as to what the motherboard actually provided.

    The information that Vinny posted still represents valid concerns/limitations. Memory speeds, SATA speeds, and especially CPU core count, clock speeds, and Instructions Per Cycle have improved since your motherboard was designed. But I think that upgrading your GPU may be a worthy first step.  Also keep in mind that as I noted, On1 is not very forthcoming when it comes to guidance regarding what aspects of a system are most important for performance.   I have seen posts from users who upgraded GPUs for $500+ because that was 'recommended', only to be disappointed that their investment generated little visible improvement.

    So for users who aren't willing to shell out large amounts of money on systems, there remains a fair amount of uncertainty as to the best way to allocate that money. 

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  • Terry Loewenberg

    Thanks to all who responded!

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