How to evaluate cost/performance gains for the G5?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by MacSpec, Jan 24, 2004.

  1. MacSpec macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2004
    I am new to Macs and am building a spec. for a non-linear edit suite using Apple goodies, but need advice from experienced users.

    What are the likely benefits of opting for a twin-processor G5? Is the software (Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio 2), optimised for 64 bit processors?

    How much RAM should I install? In this application the usual bottlenecks of Web server speed and disc read/write times are not so much of a problem, but as Gigabyte chunks of RAM are expensive how can I work out the cost per performance gain equation? If I won the lottery I would install 8Gb no problem, but would it be worth it? Is the performance gain with extra RAM linear, or does it drop off once a good chunk of RAM is available?

    (I expect to be editing quite long DV footage).
  2. pianojoe macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2001
    N 49.50121 E008.54558
    >You should be fine if you max out the machine using 512 bricks -> gives you 4GB total.
  3. MacSpec thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2004
    Dual G5 supposed to take 8Gb in 1Gb chunks, and I am sure that would be fine - but would it be worth the £2200 or so that would cost??

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