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  • 1.25 to 1.8 or 2.5??

    I'm using a dual 1.25 G4 10.2.8 wiith 1.25 Gb ram, running DP 4.12. I use it mostly for virtual instruments (usually about 50 midi tracks), very little audio. I record audio mostly on a Roland VS2480 and sync them with an R-bus card. Well, now my wife covets my G4 - and I figure that frees me to buy a new G5. So - how much faster (and quieter...the G4 sounds like a jet sometimes, and it gets a little sluggish with that many VI tracks) would a G5 dual 1.8, 10.3 with, say, 2 Gb ram be? And how much faster than that would a 2.5 be - would it be overkill (it's about a grand difference in price, although I like the idea of liquid cooling on the 2.5)?

    The HD size is not a prob because I use seperate internal and firewire drives. And the ram difference doesn't matter because I will increase it regardless.

    Also, I was reading that the G5s have an optical S/P DIF port. Would that work in DP or Bias Peak to run tracks back and forth. That would be helpful.

    Thanks Guys!

  • #2
    Always buy more computer than you need. 2.5GHz may be overkill now, but you'll be glad of the extra horsepower in a year or two.

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    • #3
      Hmmmm.......good point. Thanks.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Qengho
        Always buy more computer than you need. 2.5GHz may be overkill now, but you'll be glad of the extra horsepower in a year or two.


        I'd recommend balancing performance : price.

        the computer, no matter what speed it is will rapidly depreciate. If you don't NEED that extra horsepower, perhaps that extra grand will serve you better now - or a year or two later. make sure to balance your studio budget - speakers, amps, racks, cables, mics, controllers, synths, etc.

        At least if you save that money, you'll gain interest and you know it will be worth at least the same a year or two from now.

        A friend of mine has the dual 2.5ghz. it is super over-kill. The dual 1.8ghz is the best bargain in terms of performance : price. I have yet to max it out in any of my recordings.

        I haven't used it's S/PDIF but it is accessible from your output selection within your OS X system preferences. it would be easy to use this to handle digital audio transfer.

        I usually buy a computer every 18 months. For the first time.. I think I'm going to stop. For once, I have a machine that can keep up with my tasks (graphics, audio, video).
        Waldorf Q, RS7000, A4000, PCR-300

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        • #5
          A friend of mine has the dual 2.5ghz. it is super over-kill. The dual 1.8ghz is the best bargain in terms of performance : price. I have yet to max it out in any of my recordings.


          That's good to know - thanks. I'm sure even the dual 1.8 would smoke my G4. And come to think of it.......I could use a new pre-amp.

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