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Feature Requests / Re: Radiometric Calibration
« on: February 02, 2017, 07:31:43 AM »
I'd really like to see this feature as well :)

General / $600 upgrade for Photoscan Pro machine.
« on: July 18, 2015, 06:06:52 PM »
Hi All!

My university department has a brand new HP Z440 tower. We would like to start doing small to medium scale processing of UAV images.  Typically what we can get from a 3DR Iris+ mission.  I have a budget of about $600 to upgrade the machine. Here's what I'm thinking....  ::)

Current specs are:

W7 64bit pro
Intel® Xeon® E5-1620 v3 (3.5 GHz, 10 MB cache, 4 cores, Intel® vPro™)
8 GB 2133 MHz DDR4 ECC Registered RAM (1 x 8 GB)
Nvidia Quatro NVS 925 Graphics
700w PSU
1 tb 7200 rpm HDD

I would like to add:

Nvidia 970 GPU $350 ish from
1 x 16bg ram + 1 x 8gb ram = 24 gigs ram (bring the total to 32GB) $250 ish from

Any thoughts or suggestions would be highly appreciated!  :D!tab=specs

EDIT: Typo fixed.

General / Re: Proposed Photoscan Build
« on: May 09, 2015, 04:57:35 AM »
Weird, newegg lists the board as 64GB...but the Asus page says 128GB.  I should have looked at the Asus page!

Thanks for the build to consider  8)

General / Re: Proposed Photoscan Build
« on: May 08, 2015, 02:56:54 AM »
That mobo only supports 64Gigs or RAM though :/  I would like the ability to upgrade to at least 256 later. We will handle pretty large data sets later...

General / Proposed Photoscan Build
« on: May 06, 2015, 11:24:22 PM »
My university department wants to spend about $3000 on a workstation for Photoscan.  We plan to process UAV images.  Attached is my proposed build. Comments? Suggestions?

Motherboard is out of stock, but would be Supermicro X9DRD-EF Server Motherboard - Intel C602-J Chipset - Socket R LGA-201

Total of $2951

General / Re: Computer Requirements for current PhotoScan Pro
« on: May 06, 2015, 12:05:39 AM »
This seems to be inline for what I'm looking for.

My university wants to buy a system, to initially process small to medium data sets, but that can be upgraded later.  I've been looking at this motherboard.  What you ya'll think?

Which CPU should I use?

General / Re: GTX 980 and OpenGl
« on: May 06, 2015, 12:03:03 AM »
For a fast GPU such as the 980 you should drop all CPU cores.  I have the 970m, have dropped all my cores, and it processes faster than with the CPU.

General / Re: 16GB or 24 GB RAM for Photoscan
« on: April 18, 2015, 08:15:13 PM »
Not a problem!

Our University also gets discounts with Dell. The machine costed $5899 without the graphics card since we had to buy it  through newegg (at $580).

Whew, that is still pretty pricey!  Thanks for all the info!

General / Re: 16GB or 24 GB RAM for Photoscan
« on: April 17, 2015, 12:02:19 AM »
Thanks for the detailed answer, it is much appreciated!

How much did the Dell cost you?  My uni gets discounts from them!

General / Re: 16GB or 24 GB RAM for Photoscan
« on: April 16, 2015, 08:01:24 PM »
Sho, that's still quite a beefy machine!

I would say around 2-3000 USD. 


General / Re: CPU and GPU benchmarks
« on: April 14, 2015, 03:32:37 AM »
the CPU need to prepare data for GPU... adn it need to move it to GPU.

The M version of Nvidia is now almost at 80-90% to the desktop counterpart... seach on

Great, thanks!

Ja, I've seen how close the performance gap is getting.  Great news for us mobile workers!

General / Re: 16GB or 24 GB RAM for Photoscan
« on: April 14, 2015, 03:30:29 AM »
We do aerial surveys of 2000 photos or more at a time.  Have a 64gb machine with a 220gb Solid State Drive and a SWAP overflow.  A SWAP overflow is a part of your hard drive dedicated for the RAM to fill once it reaches capacity.
A relatively cheap way to boost your RAM, however will never be as fast as traditional RAM. Works a treat though

Did you just increase the SWAP file size in windows?  Also, what CPU and GPU do you use?

What do you think would be the cheapest way I could process projects of 2000 or more?

i7, Nvidia 970, 32 Gigs ram, 1 TB SSD?

General / Re: CPU and GPU benchmarks
« on: April 12, 2015, 11:06:53 PM »
Wow! The new 900m series is within comparable distance to the desktop cards.  I've been very impressed with its gaming ability so far.

Can you explain to me how the processing works?  I see that even with all cores disabled the CPU still gets used.

General / Re: 16GB or 24 GB RAM for Photoscan
« on: April 12, 2015, 12:24:55 AM »
Workstation it is then.

General / Re: CPU and GPU benchmarks
« on: April 12, 2015, 12:12:17 AM »
With all cores disabled, and 53 cameras it builds a high quality dense cloud in 1722 seconds, and at 595.855 samples per second.

With 1 core disabled, and 53 cameras it builds in 2075 seconds, at 539.855 samples per second.

Does this mean that my GPU is faster than my CPU?  Should I leave all cores disabled?

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