Twin i7 iMacs vs MP 8 Core

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Santabean2000, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000

    Santabean2000

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    Anyone considered having two well spec'd i7 iMacs over a single MP?

    Price is comparable (when two 27" LED Cinema Displays are thrown in the basket).

    Anyone have this setup?
     
  2. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    Are you actually considering this? If you bought TWO iMacs in lieu of one MP with a pair of ACDs, what you'd really have is two separate computers that for the most part have to be operated separately. What exactly is your intended use?

    The most fundamental selling point of a quad-core MP over the iMac has always been the expandability, an area where the iMac is lacking. In such a scenario, the iMac is perceived as the better buy in every other area, considering the drastic difference in price.
     
  3. Santabean2000 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thinking basically one machine could be used to off-load heavy processing tasks, renders etc, which would essentially run in the background on second machine.

    Perhaps the better scenario would be to have a MP with an iMac in lieu of an ACD..?
     
  4. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

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    Utterly, utterly pointless IMO.

    Just get the mac pro :p
     
  5. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    That would be quite a pain to do, so I'd just get a Pro 6-core. It's not as simple as just transferring tasks between the two machines.
     
  6. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    Agreed. While you can network multiple machines together for distributed computing in SOME software (Apple QMaster included with FCS comes to mind here), there's really not enough of it out there to totally justify what you're thinking of doing.

    Several applications that support multithreaded operation allow you throttle CPU resources, allowing you to perhaps free up 1-2 cores for day-to-day foreground tasks while crunching a render in the background. The Adobe CS5 apps for example, offer this type of functionality.

    But again, it's really going to come down to what your specific needs are. What applications will you be running? A 6-core MP may do the job for you, but you might even opt for the 8-core model for situations where the core count is more important than raw clock speed.
     

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