Do I need more RAM or CS3?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by adam11216, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. adam11216 macrumors newbie

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    I have a couple-month old 2.66 Quad Core that's been struggling with exporting PDFs from large InDesign files - getting an "Out of Memory" error. I have 3GB of RAM and I'm using CS2, and I've noticed that InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator put a hurting on my RAM. Today, after working on a few 50-60MB files, Photoshop was laying claim to over a GB or REAL RAM, not virtual. InDesign usually hovers around 400-500MB and Illustrator's not much better. Would I be better off getting another 2GB of RAM or upgrading to CS3 so it's not running under Rosetta anymore?
     
  2. RichP macrumors 68000

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    I would say CS3 hands down; Rosetta is RAM hungry, and you are taking a serious performance hit using it. You may also get a more "stable" experience running CS3 as well, because its native.
     
  3. marioman38 macrumors 6502a

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    CS3 will also make the Processing of files faster, as it won't need to translate the PPC Code. I Believe you can buy a CS3 upgrade from CS2 for a significantly reduced price.
     
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  5. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    I did a speed test and noticed that my Mac Pro ran twice as fast on CS3 than on CS2
     
  6. RichP macrumors 68000

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    and you have an identical machine. (3gb ram 2.66) I think 2x speed increase is worth the cost of CS3 admission ;)
     

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