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General / What is your "Average" Processing Time?
« on: November 10, 2013, 06:41:17 PM »
Hello, everyone! I know creating a new thread for your first post is sometimes frowned upon, but I hope you'll forgive me this time! I've tried searching for information to my question from other posts on this forum, but it is difficult to gather enough data.

I've been playing with PhotoScan for the past 3 or 4 months, learning how to create cleaner and more accurate scans. Just a few days ago, I was able to purchase my own license, and am very happy to finally be able to save and export my projects!

My question is, how long would you say it typically takes to process your projects? From the initial loading of the raw images, to generating the final mesh? And what are your computer specs?

I'm very interested in reducing the amount of time it takes my computer to process the scans. Right now, it takes a lot longer than I would like, but if I'm able to get faster times by upgrading my computer, rather than buying a completely new one, that would obviously be ideal!

Currently, my average "waiting time" is about 3 hours. If I have a lot of points that match, sometimes it's closer to 4 - 5 hours. This is with the default quality values and 200,000 faces.

My computer specs are: Intel Quadcore CPU Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz with 3 GB RAM, and an NVIDIA GTX660 with 2 GB memory. I'm running Windows 7 64 bit OS.

Would increasing my RAM to 8 or 16 GB be enough to give me much better results? Or is my CPU a bigger bottleneck for speed? I appreciate any advice anyone can give me! Faster processing times would allow me to more quickly learn from my mistakes.

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