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"Harpertown" Dual Quad 3.0 vs. "Nehalem" Dual Quad 2.26?


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Well the title says it all. What is the performance comparison between a dual quad (8 core) 3.0 GHZ older mac pro "Harpertown" vs. a newer "Nehalem"/ "Gainstown" that is running slower with dual quad processors (8 core) at 2.26 GHZ?

I would be using this for Final Cut Pro/ Video editing and for rendering with Apple Motion.

I have a dual quad 2.26 Nehalem with tons of memory and it does not quite shred the video editing, I am wondering if a major increase in processor speed to 3.0 would improve things. Yet the older processors lack HT right?

Also I have access to cheap dual quad 3.0s ($1500 or so).

So just asking for your opinions out there.
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Give this benchmarking list a look:

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Further Geekbench reports the Harpertown 3.0GHzreturns a score of 7977 compared to the Gainestown 2.26GHz score of 11803.

Stick with the 2.26GHz machine or even better if they are available, go up to the Gainestown 2.66GHz processors.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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