Originally Posted by DivineMusic
the power should be right about the same if not a little better performance... the 08 macpro vs nehalem macpro... the nehalem's are stronger.. dont worry about what the speed rating of 2.8 vs 2.26... see if they'll give you a 2.66
(i personally know the 2.66 is still stronger than the previous 3.2, i know b/c i replaced a 3.2 with the new 2.66)
you can ask apple and they'll tell you the newer system may have a lower CLOCK SPEED but its faster
the new 2.93 could tear apart the old 2.8 with ease
**********(edit- i was just talking to a friend thats an apple tech b/c i needed some software from him and asked him. he said the 2.26 only has a 10% gain over the 2.8 and with some apps the 2.8 can actually out perform the 2.26.
he said the 2.66 is 25-30% stronger than the 2.8 and the 2.9 is 35-38% stronger than the 2.8 from last year....
he the the 2.66 has a 20-25% advantage over the 3.2 depending on the scaling of the application.
personally with nuendo 4 i had sessions that were at 50-60% on a 3.2 but on the 2.66 the same session is at 38-40% nothing over... so thats 10-20% real life application advantage)***********
Very interesting. Same amount of RAM? Same version of Logic?
Are you using your processing mostly for effects, samples or software instruments? The reason I ask is because from what I've read, the Nehalem computers are more efficient with some processing tasks and less efficient with others - namely software effects.
The Logic Pro Multicore Benchmark Test
is interesting, but seems to point towards the 2.8Ghz Early 2008 being more powerful.
I could ask for a refurbished 2.8Ghz Early 2008 if I had to.