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oxydeMac Pro, worth it?
by on Sep 3, 2006 at 10:52:08 am

Hi fellows,

Im thinking : dude you got to buy a new computer!
After 3 years of patriotic services, my powerbook is no longer good
enough.
I was going to buy a G5 dualcore first entry level but I saw the MacPro.
My everyday tools: after eefect, shake, FCP, illustrator, photoshop,
dvdstudio pro.

Can someone tell me : Is it worth it to buy the MacPro or I can do the job with the G5 dualcore?
I know probably the macpro will be good coz newer and they might have some new software or hardware where the 2core wont fit.

I guess my real question is: if I buy a G5 dualcore will it last at least 2 years and will I'm still in the race or better buy a MacPro?

thanks a lot



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Jeff CarpenterRe: Mac Pro, worth it?
by on Sep 3, 2006 at 2:22:34 pm

In your case, this is a tough one. First off, if you buy the MacPro you'll have to upgrad Final Cut Pro if you haven't done so recently. It's very cheap, but check the list first to be sure that this price won't surprise you later:

http://www.apple.com/universal/crossgrade/

If you have the whole studio with Final Cut Pro 5 it's only $50. If you have some other version of Final Cut it's more, but not too much. Shake will also require a $50 upgrade. Anway, you'll HAVE to do that to use them on the MacPro because it uses Intel chips. The G5 will run the Apple software you have now without upgrading.

Secondly, ALL of your Adobe software is not optomized for the Intel chips yet. It won't be until next year and you'll have to buy the next version number upgrade to get it. What does this mean? Well, unlike Final Cut it WILL run on the MacPro...you don't HAVE to upgrade it, ever, if you don't want to. It will be running through an emulation enviroment on the MacPro, though. You will never see that program, you don't have to do anything. It "just works" without you having to do a thing. It does make it a little slower, though. So what will happen is that After Effects will run just fine now, but when you upgrade to the new After Effects next year it will suddenly become much, much faster.

So there's the catch, if you buy a MacPro much of your software will be much faster than if you buy the G5 but SOME of it will be slightly slower. But if you upgrade all the software next year then ALL of your software will be faster than if you'd bought the G5. If you buy the G5 you'll be better off THIS year, but by next year you'll be using a slower computer than you could have had if you'd just put up with slightly slower Adobe software for a little while.

So really, it's more of a personal choice. We can't tell you what's "best" here because it depends on what matters to you most. If you use After Effects 90% of the time then I'd say get the G5. If you use Final Cut Pro and Shake 90% of the time I'd say get the MacPro.

There's one more thing to remember...I'm going on and on about Adobe prodcuts being "slower." What do I mean by that? Generally they're about 15-25% slower than they would be if they were upgraded next year. Ok, but remember, you're using a Powerbook. You didn't say what Powerbook it is, but the MacPro will be at least, AT LEAST 500% faster than that machine. You said you'd had it for a while so I'm betting the difference is even MORE than that.

To me, that's what makes the difference. Yes, After Effects will be slightly slower on the MacPro than the G5. But you know what? It'll still be way, way, WAY faster than what you're used to now. So if it were me, I'd get the MacPro and be happy that my Adobe products are going to get even better next year. But that's me. If you think the G5 will serve you better, then go with that.

And as I tell all Mac Tower buyers, buy at LEAST 2 GB of RAM...4 would be better. Don't buy it from Apple, go to crucial.com to get it, and please follow the Mac's instruction book (available on Apple.com if you lose it) because which slots you put the RAM in does matter.


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oxydeRe: Mac Pro, worth it?
by on Sep 11, 2006 at 6:09:50 pm

Thanks a lot for your advice,
sounds really clear and I really made my mind.
I'll go for the MacPro for a couple of reason:
- speed in the future
- possiblily of using new software
- Price
The MacPro is cheaper than the G5 (in Hong Kong anyway)
so I will definitly go for the MacPro.
If all program work fine and are just a bit slwer as you said they will still
run faster than on my Titanium 1Ghz, 768Meg RAM.

Thanks again, sorry for late reply was busy on some project

cheers mate



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