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    Feb 09, 2010
    Need comparison advice, dual vs quad mac pro
    I have a 2 x 2.66GHz dual core Intel xeon mac pro, 10.5.8. I work in InDesign, Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, basic Graphic design, web developer work.

    My supervisor has a pretty old iMac. We do the same work. She wants to upgrade, but she suggested that I upgrade and she will get my computer after I get the new one. At this university, budget is not too high so I went to Apple and saw their new Quad Core Mac Pro for $2,999.00. I thought this price would be approved. Then I noticed that the processor is only a 2.26GHz.

    My question, with the fear of sounding REALLY stupid, I didn't really want to buy a new computer with a slower processor than what I currently have, but will the quad core design make it faster than a 2.66GHz dual core?

    To upgrade to a quad core 2.66GHz I'd have to add $1,400.00.

    So is the 2.26GHz Quad core FASTER than a 2.66GHz Dual core?


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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB PCI-e storgae StOS X.13.3
    G'day and welcome to the Forums.

    Have a read of this and go for the 2.26 Quad:-

    Quad-Core and Eight-Core Mac Pros (2009 editions) Review | Desktop | Macworld

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    Member Since
    Feb 09, 2010
    Actually, the new one I'm looking at is the 8-core, not quad core, my mistake. It has two quad-core 2.26Ghz processors compared to the one I have now, 2 x 2.66Ghz dual-core.

    I have since found out that it will indeed be faster, sort of common sense I guess.

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    Member Since
    Jan 04, 2010
    MBP 15"matt, 2.8GHz, 500GB, 4GB RAM
    Out of interest, how much faster? Worth the extra money-faster?

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    Jan 30, 2010
    you'd probably get more performance boost out of a higher clock speed quad-core (i.e. the new nehalem xeons) than a slower 8-core. a single user is not going to easily hit all 8 cores. i have the 2x 2.66ghz dual-core mac pro (woodcrest xeons) and i hardly get past 20% cpu usage.

    i was at the apple store a week ago, and the top-of-the-line mac pro is the clocked quad-core. 2nd best is the 8-core at a slower clock. it felt good that after almost 3 years, the slower quad-core is still 3rd best in the store

    mac pro quad-core xeon@2.66ghz, 4gb ddr2, 500gb w/ 640gb portable, 2x 20" lcd, snow leopard
    iPhone 2g

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    Feb 09, 2010
    Here is a page that has some good answers:

    Dual-core/Triple-core/Quad-core - what to chose? - Yahoo! Answers

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