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Logic Users: Are 8 cores REALLY worth it right now??
Old 16th November 2009
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Logic Users: Are 8 cores REALLY worth it right now??

In doing comparisons to the top end 2.93 nehalem Quads, and now the the Quad 2.8 i7 in the new iMacs, is it really worth it to upgrade to 8 cores? I'm aware of our benchmark test (which i hope i7 imac users chime in soon) which does show some benefits to upgrading, but how much does that translate in real world use? 22 tracks in the benchmark test easily translates to 70 tracks of a real song on my G5 Quad. I would like to hear some general opinions to influence my upgrade path.
Old 16th November 2009
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I would consider expansion capabilities to be the biggest drawback with current iMacs vs. a Mac Pro. Considering that you're on a G5 now, take a look at what peripherals (including soundcard) and extra drives you expect you might attach to the iMac *now*, and see if that leaves anything open for future expansion. If not...
Old 16th November 2009
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Yes. There are some CPU intensive plugins coming out that will require all the processing power you can get.
Old 16th November 2009
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well... it depends... if, for example, you are using a lot of big samples in logic, memory is the problem you will encounter... on a 4 and 8 core alike...
i am using a quad and always have to struggle with memory issues when mixing midi orchestra or the like, but only occassionally hit the cpu limit - and this only with the dreaded spikes
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The new best way IMO to work is a Mac Pro + PC slave for the VI's via Vienna Ensemble Pro. No need to update your current Mac
Old 17th November 2009
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Part of my decision is also financially based. I can get a decent trade in value now, but if I wait too long, it will be worth much less if not trade in-able at all. The iMac i7 is looking to be the one right now. You can also rock 16 gb of RAM in that bad boy.

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