Which processor?: 4-Core vs. 8-Core

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kumamusic, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2007
    I'm under extreme pressure now.. trying to decide by the end of this year about buying a MAC PRO. I've never owned one before, and I desperately need some good input on this (not only to mention spending some big bucks on it). My main usage will be writing/recording music. Also there are some Leopard issues that I wanted to point out..

    1) 4-core or the expensive 8-core? To begin with, I've been a bit hesitant about getting the 8. First of all, it's the best one out there for apple, and secondly it's another at least $1300 or so (I could save the money to get more internal HD, rams, etc).

    I wanted to know if anybody here has had the 8-core and have experienced any sort of problems regarding using it. I'm wondering if it's worth spending the extra bucks for the future(that's for sure I know- or actually would it be a better choice to wait for the newer MAC PRO to come out supposedly by Feb 2008 or so?), but if I do really need this monster to run my applications (such as Logic Pro 8, Pro Tools, Digital Performer, and some Virtual Instruments: Vienna Symphony Lib, East West Symphonic Orchestra(s),- if you know what I'm talking about here..). Does most applications support the 8-core and would I be be using this at full capability for my music? Maybe people who work with Adobe After Affects.. Final cut pro doing video related/graphics may have the 8-cores. Any musicians out there about this issue?

    2) Secondly, I think I still would like to use Tiger just because I heard from people that it's probably the most stable op. system as of now in terms of running various applications. So when I purchase the MAC PRO, I'm not sure if it's already going to come with it or not..

    3) Will I have any problems running Tiger with the 8-core processor?

    Thanks, I'm looking forward for some feedback!
  2. macrumors 65816

    Mar 28, 2007
    1) You shouldn't have a problem running anything if Leopard updates have been issued for the software you use, it would be a good idea to check the developers website. You will only gain full benefit from either 4 or 8 cores is the software has been written to take advantage of them.

    2) & 3) Unless you buy a used MacPro you will not be able to use Tiger. All new Mac Pro's now come with Lepoard pre-installed. You cannot go back an OS generation.
  3. macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Wait until MacWorld for a possible update. Not to mention down the road you can swap out the processors but it does void your warranty.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2006
    Southern California
    When the new MP is released, there will be a "sweet spot" as far as power/price ratio. It will be fairly easy to determine which model to choose.
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2007
    Thanks everyone who replied. I've been waiting every single day and wondering about the new release.. I actually ordered the 3.0 GHZ MAC PRO QUAD last week and cancelled the order immediately- some premonition told me not to order now! I just found out yesterday and it was true. The prices dropped quite alot, that's really great. I am getting going to stop by the apple store tomorrow and see the new 8-core 2.8 GHZ! I am so happy now !! It was def. worth waiting (plus it comes with the new alum. keyboard) Any comments on this ?

    Once again, I am just so happy. I can't sleep tonight!

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