How good is a DP G5 at shifting load?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Gohan, May 12, 2005.

  1. Gohan macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2004
    By that I mean on my Xeon I can encode a movie and play a game at the same time without dropping frames on the encode, as each will use a separate processor.

    Is Tiger smart enough to do the same? Could I play say Warcraft III & rip a DVD at the same time without dropping frames?

    This is on a DP 2.0 G5 with 2gig of RAM btw.
  2. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    Whether or not they use entirely separate processors really depends on whether or not the tasks are multithread. Two separate processes using two separate processors is actually a less advanced form of multiprocessing (which is as much a software issue as a hardware issue). You should be able to do it just as well on a G5 as on a Xeon.
  3. Gohan thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2004
    Cheers, I’ll give it a go, just thought I’d ask first as I wanted to try encoding a full DVD to H264, which I know is going to take hours so it would have been nice to be able to use the comp at the same time without worrying about dropped frames.

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