Bibble 4.2.2 Numbers
The $500 Capture One Pro only supported 2 CPUs, but the one-man team of Bibble Labs and their $129 Bibble Pro 3 OS license: Windows, Linux, and OSX supported all 4 processors. When I saw the performance of the new 2x Dual Core AMD Opterons, I did not believe it. I checked to make sure I wasn’t caching something and making sure Bibble wasn’t processing the background. The dual Dual-Core AMD Opteron was so fast on this test that I repeated the test five times to make sure something wasn’t amiss. Turns out, it really was that fast.
All images were converted using a “normal contrast” preset with no noise reduction.
Time to Process a Canon EOS-20D CR2 (shorter is better)
Time to Process a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II CR2 (shorter is better)
Time to Process a Nikon D2X NEF (shorter is better)
Even though I had checked these number five times, these numbers still seemed too fast to be fathomable, so I took a separate brand-new set of 1GB of 20D RAW images and let Bibble batch process them.
Time to Process 1 gigabyte of Canon EOS-20D CR2 images (shorter is better)
It took only 4 minutes to complete with the 2x Dual Core Opteron 275. 4 minutes! That’s 4.2MB/sec of processing time – a 2x Dual-Core Opteron 275 can process RAW images about as fast as it takes to copy them from to your computer using a standard-grade USB 2.0 CF card reader!
Digital SLR photographers have often asked for a “RAW processor” in PCI-Express hardware to speed things up. It seems like the solution is already here in the form of 2x Dual Core Opteron 275’s and Bibble 4.2. The added bonus is that instead of having a RAW processor hardware PCI-Express add-on, this extra CPU performance will speed everything up no matter which camera manufacturer and with other apps including Photoshop CS.