More cores or more CPUs?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by skitzodancer, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. skitzodancer macrumors member

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    Hey everyone,

    I'm going to buy a Mac Pro, unfortunately it will be a second hand one as I don't have deep pockets.

    I'm looking on ebay and there are some good deals there but I'm not sure what to get. I'm only using it for streaming tv and a bit of music production.

    Looking on eBay there are some with single CPUs and some with dual CPUs. Would there be any advantage to getting a older two dual core Xeon CPU machine or get a new quad core machine ?
     
  2. Jake0604 macrumors regular

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    A single cpu Quad-core system would be faster than a 2xDual-core Cpu system
     
  3. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    You can check on Geekbench for a benchmark based comparison.
    But what you described I also would go with newer quad-core.
    Depends on what you need for you might upgrade RAM and graphic card.

    What will be the main job for the Pro ?
     
  4. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000

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    Yes, because of differences in the processor communication, a dual-core would be faster, though it's more about the generation of processor, which only Geekbench can explain.
     
  5. skitzodancer thread starter macrumors member

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    The main job of it will be to stream media trough plex media server, however I would be doing some photo editing and music production as well.


    I have a MacBook Pro which I use at the moment and its got a intel core 2 duo at 2.8ghz, so a quad core will be a big bump up in speed.

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    Infact
    I've just bought a dual quad core Xeon mac with 14gb of ram.

    It's the 2008 model but its only £1000.

    BARGAIN!
     
  6. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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  7. SuperCyborg macrumors member

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    False.
    The dual CPU has higher memory speed because it has twice as many memory channels.
     
  8. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    If it's mainly for plex why are you trying to buy a Mac Pro??

    I'd say unless the music production is a paying gig then a mini or a broken MBP running in clamshell is enough to stream to the TV.

    Am I missing something?
     
  9. skitzodancer, Dec 10, 2012
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    skitzodancer thread starter macrumors member

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    I bought the Mac Pro because of the price and expansion capabilities, with my MacBook I have three external hard drives, so I can make this all internal.

    Also for £1000 I can't complain, it would cost me at least that to buy a 20" iMac with lower spec. I know I could buy a Mac mini bit I don't like it, I had one and it broke down due to over heating (admittedly a few generations ago) but I lost faith in the product design... Plus I use the disc drive.

    Anyway I've bought it now and it will be here by the end of the week :)

    Edit;

    I do do a lot of music production, I do various remix work and also a little bit of photoshop, also now I have a valid reason for it.... A Christmas present for ME!
     
  10. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    Which makes little difference when your memory speed and processor are faster on the new boxes anyway. A new Quad will be much faster. Maybe a toss up on a 2006 Dual 3GHz vs a base Quad 2.8GHz 2008 but here are the Geekbench 32-bit averages. 64-bit higher numbers but also scales across the board.

    2006:
    Dual 2GHz: 3714
    Dual 2.66GHz: 4833
    Dual 3GHz: 5357

    2008:
    Quad 2.8GHz: 5320 to 8565 for Dual 3.2GHz.

    2009+:
    Base Quad 2.66GHz: 8144 to 15000 for Dual 2.93GHz

    2010:
    Base 2.8GHz: 8839 to 21630 for Dual Hex 2.93GHz.

    2012: Who cares?
     
  11. SuperCyborg macrumors member

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    Professionals.
     
  12. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    Funny.
     

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