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Single or double processor for music use with a Mac?

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Hello, I have been using a PC for years and I want to convert to a POWERMAC to use for music 9using software such as Logic, and Pro Tools).

I am a little undecided as to which machine to get. Advice given to me is that I should go for a single processor G5, but I have seen some good priced dual processor G4 machines at the moment. Also someone has told me that a single processor G4 should be fine.

I don't know which way to go. I'm more inclined to go for the Dual processor G4 with this spec:
Dual 1.25GHz PowerPC G4
2MB L3 cache/processor
512MB DDR333 memory
80GB Ultra ATA drive
DVD-R/CD-RW drive
ATI Radeon 9000 Pro
64MB DDR video memory
56K internal modem

Does anyone have specific advice for use of a MAC for music using lots of audio.

Thanks
Marco


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That's a toss up. You gain a little by having dual processors, but you also gain a little by having a G5 with a HUGE data path to the CPU. The speed tests for the two were actually very close together. You can check some benchmarks at http://www.barefeats.com/pentium4.html but they're comparing a dual 1.42 G4 with a single 1.8 G5. A dual 1.25 G4 would probably lose to a single 1.8 G5.

I think i'd go for the G5. Current technology, and if you want to upgrade it later you're not stuck with the slower G4 bus.
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