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    Default Any Mac expert pls Help choose between 2 setup

    Hi,
    I have a choice of either machine specifically for Photoshop work involving big files(*PSD as large as 1GB) The G5 does have more ram?..


    May I know which is a better choice? Thks
    *Pls dont consider upgrade option, probably not gonna happen..

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    Default Re: Any Mac expert pls Help choose between 2 setup

    When you say 'G5', do you mean the ancestor of the current Mac Pro?

    I'm using Mac Pro, and I know that both Mac Pro and G5 use the 'higher-end'
    RAM: fully-bufferred ECC RAM which are faster and more stable.

    My Mac Pro is loaded with a single Quad-core and 4GB ECC RAM and it's doing
    very well. I could edit RAW files on photoshop, listen to iTunes and watch EyeTV
    all at the same time without the computer hanging or lagging.

    =)

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    Default Re: Any Mac expert pls Help choose between 2 setup

    new OS only support intel macs you know?
    Last edited by ortega; 15th October 2009 at 12:05 PM.

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    Default Re: Any Mac expert pls Help choose between 2 setup

    something useful for you

    http://www.barefeats.com/quad06.html

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    buffered ram is not cheap compared to the standard ones. the mac pro should perform better though.
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    Hi,

    Go for the Mac Pro option. It's using an Intel chip, unlike the older G5. Newer versions of Photoshop will not be able to run on the non-Intel set.

    RAM is also not everything, besides even if you are not upgrading now, you may still do so in future, at very low cost. Furthermore, I won't be surprised if the Mac Pro is using a faster RAM.

    Gut feel reading the specs is that the Mac Pro will be a faster machine despite having less processors.

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    Default Re: Any Mac expert pls Help choose between 2 setup

    the version of Photoshop also plays a big part in the actual speed

    the intel mac will run universal apps faster than non universal apps (eg Photoshop CS2)

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    If u r using CS4, the Mac Pro will burn the G5!
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    Default Re: Any Mac expert pls Help choose between 2 setup

    not forgetting snow leopard

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    Thks all for e wonderful replies
    My co. all still using OSx, CS3, G5s and Mac Pros.

    >If u r using CS4, the Mac Pro will burn the G5!
    Upgrade to CS4 will be easier to approve..hmm
    Last edited by redmonsoon; 15th October 2009 at 02:05 PM.

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    Definitely Mac Pro. Processor speed, L2 cache and memory speed all beat the G5
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    Default Re: Any Mac expert pls Help choose between 2 setup

    Quote Originally Posted by RudyTT View Post
    When you say 'G5', do you mean the ancestor of the current Mac Pro?

    I'm using Mac Pro, and I know that both Mac Pro and G5 use the 'higher-end'
    RAM: fully-bufferred ECC RAM which are faster and more stable.

    My Mac Pro is loaded with a single Quad-core and 4GB ECC RAM and it's doing
    very well. I could edit RAW files on photoshop, listen to iTunes and watch EyeTV
    all at the same time without the computer hanging or lagging.

    =)
    ECC Registered/buffered RAM actually cause performance penalty, as every read and write needs to be registered/buffered thru the registered chip. unless one is running a mission critical system, ECC registered RAM is not needed, not to mention the extra cost.

    just about any current multi-core system is able to multitask the above mentioned apps with ease, with enough RAM of course.

    no offense, just stating the facts.
    Last edited by kurtlim; 15th October 2009 at 09:34 PM.

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