12 core Mac pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by harddriveowner, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. harddriveowner macrumors member

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    Anyone using one. Any better than the 8 cores or just more expensive. Any software benefit from more cores?
     
  2. ShiftClick macrumors regular

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    I'm of the opinion that if you are not aware of the fact that you NEED a 8 or 12 core machine, then quite honestly you don't need it. More cores is great for rendering and transcoding for the professional applications that need them. Beyond that 90% of all apps just use 1 core and that's when you want the most ghz.
     
  3. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    Beyond that 90% of all apps just use 1 core and that's when you want the most ghz.

    No true. Photo editing software like Photoshop and Aperture can use multiple cores and I can easily max out my 2 cores. But in most cases 4 is plenty and 6 can be useful. I can't comment on who or what would specifically need 8 or 12 cores.
     
  4. kohlson macrumors 6502a

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    Depends on what you're going to do. As noted, some apps cannot make use of all available cores, so faster CPU speed may make a difference. But it's all about end-to-end throughput: CPU, memory, disk I/O, and in some cases, graphics cards. If you're unaware of how "core-bound" you are now, then you probably want a faster CPU. macperformanceguide.com and Apps-Utilities-Activity Monitor are good places to start.
     

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