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Old March 25th, 2010, 10:39 AM   #1
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Mac Pro Question: Which is faster

All else being equal, which system is better/faster:

Two 3.0GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors

or a

Two 2.26GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon "Nehalem" processors

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Old March 27th, 2010, 12:27 PM   #2
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better hm buy the best video card and the most memory and as much disk space at 7200
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Old March 27th, 2010, 01:07 PM   #3
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agree...for all the apps I run, the processor speed isn't as important as RAM, video card, and hard drive speed.

I have the 8 core Nehalem 2.66 and it's ridiculously fast BUT, 16 gb RAM, ATI 4870 video card and all 7200 rpm drives are what makes AE and Motion run like champs!
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Old March 27th, 2010, 02:12 PM   #4
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All valid points, but he stipulated: all else being equal. He's asking about raw processor power, and it's a good question.

Here's a chart that has all this info: PassMark Software - CPU Benchmarks - Multiple CPU Systems

The chart shows them being virtually identical if I have the model numbers right.

When I put together my editing rig a couple of years ago, I took these scores and divided them into the price of the CPU to come up with a bang-for-the-buck score, and made my decision based on that.
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