|Originally posted by Allied Nations |
just my mac is about to to choke on channel heavy projects
i figure i can always use my current laptop as a node for a new machine
seems like the 3.4 imac is the fastest around... with 32gb of ram (3rd party_
is this worth $2700?
ive been looking at mac pros on ebay
is this even comparable for $4000?
•Two 2.66GHz Six-Core Intel Xeon “Westmere” (12 cores)
•512GB Solid State boot drive with 10.8 Mountain Lion/iLife'11
•1TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive (Western Digital Black OEM)
•ATI Radeon 5770 1GB
•One 18x SuperDrives
•Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (English) & User's Guide
I've personally found single core speed far more important with DAWs than number of processing cores.
I use to experience running out of processing power on my laptop all the time [macbook pro with 2.66GHz i5]. Then I switched to using a 3.4GHz i7 on a desktop. It could handel tons of processing, but I found that towards the end of big projects I'd start to run out of processing power. It would never get to the point of hearing clicks or pops from running out of CPU [something that did happen on my laptop], but it would just get super laggy. Then, I randomly decided to overclock my CPU, just to try it out, and started running the desktop at 4.5GHz. [fyi, i didn't even need to know anything technical to do this. i just hit "optimize" on my motherboard.] And ever since I overclocked to 4.5GHz, I have never even come remotely close to running out of CPU. I can't even remember the last time I pushed my CPU past 30% usage, and I have used over 100 plugins working at the same time.
Looking at the Mac Pro, it is impossible to overclock the new mac pros, so you're stuck at 2.66GHz. This means someone with a mac laptop has a faster single core speed than you [look it up].
Also, for the specs you listed I see the price of that mac pro as ~$6,000.00 on Apple's website.
I'd personally buy a PC, but, if you're the helpless type, I guess you're stuck with Apple. I'd have to agree with loonely and just get an imac.
Last edited by jayxthekoolest on Apr-18-2013 at 07:33