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Todd BurrellTime for a new Mac advice
by on Sep 9, 2010 at 12:18:17 pm

Now that the new Mac Pros are out, I am ready to upgrade my system. I work in AE, FCP, Photoshop etc. I have saved and saved waiting for these new machines and have about $8000 set aside for this purchase. I am looking at the 12 core 2.66 or 2.93 machines with 32GB DDR3 memory from OWC. Is this overkill? It will be several years before I upgrade again and want to get something that will carry me for a while. Any recommendations/advice on what I should get would be greatly appreciated.
Sorry if this question has been posted, I've searched the forum and could not find anything on the new Macs.

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Kevin CampRe: Time for a new Mac advice
by on Sep 10, 2010 at 11:48:21 pm

you might want to take a look at these benchmarks between various new macs running ae, compressor and motion benchmarks:

a 12-core wouldn't be overkill in ae, in my opinion.

fcp, motion and compressor won't take full advantage of 12-cores. and even though many apps can't use them all, having more cpus will allow you to have more of those apps running without battling for cpu time -- compressor could be compressing files as you continue to work in fcp and listening to itunes and you have enough cpus to go around...

Kevin Camp
Senior Designer

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Todd BurrellRe: Time for a new Mac advice
by on Sep 11, 2010 at 5:35:39 pm

Kevin, Thanks for the input and the barefeet link. It looks like the 12 core 2.93 wins the day. Going to this from a dual 2.0 G5 will be heaven. Time to place the order.

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