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    Help Needed - Which Machine??
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    Help Needed - Which Machine??
    I have set up a photography / videography business. I currently have an old 2009 black macbook, that is just incapable of editing the HD video I throw at it.

    It is also struggling immensely with the RAW images from my camera. Time to upgrade...

    However, I need some help here.

    What is the difference between a quad and dual core? Is there a noticeable difference in performance, considering the majority of applications I will be using do not yet use all cores?

    Do I go for:

    15" macbook pro 2.2GHz quad-core, 4 gig ram (upgrade myself to 8) OR, for less money

    iMac - 2.5GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 AND an ipad to show clients work?

    Obviously the graphics card in the macbook pro is superior, but will the one in the imac cater for after effects / live type titling work?

    Anyone help me here?

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    Help Needed - Which Machine??
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaughan80 View Post
    What is the difference between a quad and dual core?
    Two processors.

    Is there a noticeable difference in performance, considering the majority of applications I will be using do not yet use all cores?
    A qualified yes, since Apple uses a load-distributing technology called Grand Central that complements apps. However, if you'd care to mention what apps (and versions) you'd be using, you're likely to get a much more accurate answer.

    Do I go for:

    15" macbook pro 2.2GHz quad-core, 4 gig ram (upgrade myself to 8) OR, for less money

    iMac - 2.5GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 AND an ipad to show clients work?
    Does the computer need to be portable? If so, there's your answer. Otherwise, I'd say the iMac/iPad combo works just fine.

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