Originally Posted by Firechild
Thanks for your input.
It is true that it may not be a reallife scenario in this test but I was interested to see how Logic use multiple cores and when I made the test it was very poor, but after the 10.5.3 update things changed and now it is pretty good.
I don´t think it is interesting for Logic users to see how much a single core can do, because it is very rare to have so many plugins on a single track that you max out a core with one track with a modern CPU, ( Logic can´t split plugins on a single track to multiple cores, then you need to use a aux to have even more plugins ). An additional test would of course be Audio trackcounts (HD performance ) and RAM speeds but it is not exactly depending on Logic software but more generally task that can be tested with other benchmarktests. So this Multicore benchmark is still very interesting due to its Logic specifik nature.
Althought single core performance results along with multicore performance would be handy for users who can't decide which mac pro to buy: 8x2.8, 4x2.66(2.93) or 8x2.26. How much less plugins single nehalem 2.26 core capable to play (in comparison with harpertown 2.8)?
As for me. My projects usually consist of 3...5 extremely cpu-heavy tracks (virtual instruments and effects), 4...6 with medium loading and 5...15 with light loading. As you can see, it is far from 50+ evenly loaded tracks. And which mac pro do I need to purchace? I prefer low latencies and new tech, so likely I need 2009 mac pro. 8x2.26 is more multicore-powerful then quads, but it is possible situation when my 3...5 HT-splitted low-GHz cores can't to support cpu-heavy tracks while rest of cores will have low loading.
BTW, splitting to auxes will bring additional latency.
In fact, it is a good idea to wait Snow Leo + Grand Central + Logic update, but I need new mac pro in month or two. Currently I am inclining to 8x2.26.
Well, this my post is mostly rhetorical.