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04-07-2008, 12:51 PM
Originally Posted by bryphotoguy
I was doing some browsing. I didn't come up with much. A dated early 2007 article said Photoshop was dual core threaded.
- This is a good article even though it relates to the previous generation MP.
Really, the 8-cores will only be used for video and 3D editing. I think Photoshops real limits are the graphics and RAM, not the processor. As seen in the table on the Mac World link, the 8-core only beat the 4-core by two seconds in a CS3 test.
I know you really want the 3.2GHz 8-core, it will go unused. I am so happy with my quad 2.8GHz. It's a beast; 8-cores are overkill.
Edit- Here's the other: CNet
Thanks Bryan, more or less what I expected. As to the 3.2 going unused, well yes and no. I agree that most of the 8 cores will go unused, but the ones that are
used will go much faster than their equivalent on a slower machine. Sort of an obvious statement, but obviously true. A 3.2 GHz single core is that much faster than a 2.8 GHz single core - hence Photoshop tasks (filters and the like) should run faster on the 3.2 than on the 2.8, even if most of the cores are loafing.
I WISH Apple would release the 3.2 GHz configuration in 4 core as well as 8 core. That would be the machine I would ideally like to have. I agree that 8 cores is massive overkill.
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