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iMac 5k or iMac Pro?
Last post Tue, Feb 06 2018 by bbelius, 2 replies.
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Posted on Tue, Feb 06 2018 12:23
by paul_26970
Joined on Sun, Apr 01 2007, Posts 2


I plan to upgrade my studio setup and am looking at either the top of the range 5k i7 iMac or bottom of the range 8-core iMac Pro. I could afford to expand the ram of the 5K iMac to 64GB - but if I opted for iMac Pro then I would be limited to 32GB (for now at least).

I compose in Sibelius and have a good range of VSL instruments and software (including MIR PRO). So my question is - is it better to have more cores and less ram, or more ram and fewer cores?

Any advice would be most appreciated.



Tags: hardware Mac
Posted on Tue, Feb 06 2018 16:27
by bbelius
Joined on Sat, Mar 14 2015, Posts 725

Hello Paul,

it depends. The more samples you are using the more RAM is needed.
The more instruments are in MIR the more cores are you'll need.

I upgraded my system to an i5 8600k last week (6 cores @ 3.6-4.2 Ghz) and I am happy, even with bigger projects (the CPU usage is around 50-60% (Appas + Orch + Cham + Solo-strings +  10 Wood + 8 Brass).

(Not only the core-count is important but also a high CPU-clock.)

Best, Ben

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