Mac Pro buying advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by crockies99, Dec 3, 2010.

  1. crockies99 macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2010
    Hello. I have been editing on Final Cut Pro on a Macbook Pro from about 4 years ago. My Macbook pro is starting to really get bogged down by editing HD and I need to purchase a Mac Pro. I don't use Adobe After Effects, but I plan on learning and I would like to as much as possible buy one that can be useful for the future too. I edit mostly HD footage from a 7D and the Red, so my question is my budget really leans more towards the:

    2.8GHz "Nehalem" processor
    3GB memory
    1TB HD
    ATI Radeon HD 5770

    If I can muster up the extra cash is it worth it to buy the:

    Two 2.4 GHz Quad-Core "Westmere" processors
    6GB memory
    1TB HD
    ATI Radeon HD 5770

    My thinking is if I buy the 8 core I can take advantage of software that I learn or currently use that can actually take advantage of the Two Quad-core processors. Am I right on that? Or is there another alternative I am missing? Thanks for any help!
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    This has been discussed several times. If you can afford the 6-core (3699$ IIRC), go for it. The issue with 8-core is its low clock speed and while some, if not most apps are single-threaded (like Final Cut), it's pretty slow at them, slower than the quad core. 6-core will get you the best of both worlds as it has clock speed of 3.33GHz and still 6 cores and actually offers more raw CPU power than the 8-core.

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