quad or octa for ilife, final cut express,apature

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by sarkleshark, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. sarkleshark macrumors newbie

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    Is there any benefit to get a 2.26 8 core dual processor over a fast 2.93 quad if I am going to be using ilife -iphoto and imovie with occasional final cut express or photoshop? Do any of these programs utilize all 8 cores?
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  2. sigmadog macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds to me like the iMac was designed with you in mind.

    But in terms of the Mac Pro, I'd suggest the 2.66 or 2.93 quad. Decide whether the 11% difference in processor speed is worth $500.
     
  3. grue macrumors 65816

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    Don't bother with an 8core, none of them are multithreaded worth a crap. For that kind of use, get yourself a 3Ghz iMac and save a buttload of money.
     
  4. sarkleshark thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks all,
    THats what I needed to know--if any of these multithreaded to any degree. I know the Imac is a great bargain but I want the storage space for lots of photos and a life time of high def video. I already have a large monitor with a kvm switch for a dedicated work only workstation so the mac pro would be perfect. Sounds like the quad core may do me just fine--save the extra money for a 30" monitor. Let me know if I am missing anything.

    thanks
     
  5. sejanus macrumors regular

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    I've got an 8 core. unfortunately aperture doesn't come anywhere near close to using all 8.
     
  6. Pika macrumors 68000

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    Have you considered getting Adobe CS4 Master?
     
  7. Bentov macrumors regular

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    I was in a similar situation to you and I went with the 2.66Quad. Not worth the extra $500 right now, and I figure that is something to get later. As far as the imac vs mac pro. I guess it just depends on the money you want to spend. Coming from a pc world and this being my first mac, I just couldn't bring myself to buy a machine I couldn't open :D and I didn't' want a desk full of external drives. I got it with 8GB and ram and find that I use way more ram and much less cpu than I thought I would. I'm very happy with my machine. I also bought 2 24" dells which is the icing on the cake.
     

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