Dual 867 vs 1Ghz PowerMac

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  1. macrumors 6502

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    Hi, I will be looking to buy a new Mac in the not-to-distant future and would like to know how the old(ish) DP 867Mhz PM and the new 1Ghz (sinlge processor) PM would compare performace wise.
    (I guess now would be a good time to ask whether the stores would still have any Dual 867s in stock...?)
    I will be using the machine primarily for Pro Tools (6) in conjunction with either an Mbox or Digi 001 (possibly 002).

    Also, are the old stock Dual 867s (if there are any) at all cheaper than they were now that the new PowerMac line has been unleashed?

    Thankyou,
    Will
     
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    Dont Hurt Me

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    go to other world computing they have done some reviews on these machines and upgrades. you will find the single 1 gig beets the dual in most things. But programs that know how to use the 2nd cpu will be faster and you can do things at the same time faster say run itunes while doing the dreaded gauzeen blur! both have advantages and disadvantages. A gamer would go for the single, a photoshop dude would go for the dual.
     
  3. macrumors G3

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    Re: Dual 867 vs 1Ghz PowerMac

    With what you are running, a dual processor machine will be a help. Also, anybody who runs multiple applications at once will usually be benefited by a DP machine.

    Look for a good deal on the discontinued dual 1 GHz machines if yuou can't find a dual 867 MHz one.
     
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    go for the dual 867... the dual processors will help with almost everything because it can split active processes between computers. Example: Finder and ProTools or ProTools and iTunes. More and more apps are becoming dual processor aware nowadays.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm sorry, I was unable to find any such info on this site (http://eshop.macsales.com/). Could you post a link?
     
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    Unless the gamer plays Quake III--it knows how to use both processors. :)

    Btw, I've never seen reviews at OtherWorld Computing. :(
     
  7. macrumors 603

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    Ill see if a can find it. i had on my desk top for the longest and then threw it away. and yes your Quake statement is correct to bad not all programs are done this way.
     
  8. macrumors 603

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    here it is they give a nice bunch of benchmarks on the newer machines compared with newer upgrades. both single and dual.http://eshop.macsales.com/reviews go to performance testing and then click on benchmarks for single and dual.
     
  9. macrumors 603

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    here is 1 set of benches from xbench scores. they also did many test with framrates on games and other apps. notice how a upgraded mac to a single 1.2 ghz beats the dual 867 in this one score.
     

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  10. macrumors 6502a

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    Xbench only measures one processor..
    dual 867 would beat 1.3 ghz for sure when running dual optimized apps or more apps at the same time
     
  11. macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

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    Here are some quake3 benches, yes running multiple apps a duallies is better. Remember most apps do not use that 2nd cpu like quake 3 does. for example Return to castle wolfenstein. ill post that bench next just for comparison purpose to see show how some apps dont benefit from 2 cpu's.
     

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    Dont Hurt Me

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    Here is the RTCW benches notice how the duallies dont fare well compared with a slightly faster single.
     

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    Cool, Don't Hurt Me! :cool:

    Where did you find these benchmarks?
     
  14. macrumors 603

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    Go to my 3rd post and click on my link, they did other games and apps, i just happened to grab these and iam a wolfenstein fan.
     
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    Check.

    Tnx!

    edit: Sorry, seemed to have missed it the first time. :rolleyes:
     

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