Was curious, how much of a performance boost could I expect in Smoke, for editorial work, if I upgrade my system drive to an SSD?
I'm trying my best to give Smoke a chance in the editorial arena, and while there are many features I like, some of the performance issues are making it not a very attractive solution. For instance, every time Smoke does an auto-save, my machine is locked down for a solid 10-15 seconds, during which I just have to look at the client and try to entertain them with my impersonations of people. Needless to say, If I can't get that issue alone sorted out I'll have to jump ship.
Does anyone have any specific SSD configuration recommendations for Smoke 2013 Ext.1 performance specifically?
My specs --
2 X 2.8 Ghz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
18 GB 800 Mhz DDR2 FB-DIMM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 1024 MB
Startup Disk - 1TB 7200rpm SATA Drive
Media Disk - 4TB 7200rpm SATA Drive
To answer your last question first, I'd recommend either the OCZ Vertex 450 or the Samsung 840 Pro families.
While upgrading your system drive might help a little on loading the app and plugins, the real boost would be to go SSD as an external media storage drive. Or, even place two additional 4TB drives into your MP's other two slots and strip them in Disk Utility. You can get adapters that will allow you to add SSDs as the additional drives in your MP, but the lower capacity points might offset the speed over using 3 normal HDDs striped.
Using three Seagate Constellation 3 4TB drives striped in my MP 4,1, I get I/O performance of just under 400MB/sec write and 410-420MB/sec read.
With my Samsung 840 Pro 500's in a 4 drive SAS array, I see 740MB/sec write and 790MB/sec read on Thunderbolt (rMBP) or 1.1GB/sec write and 1.23GB/sec read on my MP (using ATTO H680 on both).