The Eternal question: When to buy a computer

I’ve been assured that the current generation of 8-core Mac Pro’s (Towers) are so powerful that my graphic designer wife will struggle to ever use all that power. This is not from some teenage geek in a shop trying to sell a computer, but from the many uber-geeks over at MacRumours. But here’s the thing: I also know Intel are heading in a new direction with a big chip release next year.

As the wiki says:

The Core i7 brand refers to an upcoming range of Intel‘s consumer 64-bit quad-core CPUs with the x86-64 instruction set, based on the Intel Nehalem microarchitecture. These chips will also feature simultaneous multithreading, which will allow the quad core chips to work on eight threads simultaneously.[1] According to an Intel spokesperson[2], the Core i7 identifier applies to the initial family of processors[3], Bloomfield[4], due to be launched in Q4 2008[3]. According to Intel representatives, the moniker Core i7 does not have a deeper meaning.[5]

As one reseller said: “You always face this issue: but the real question is, do you need a new computer?” With what this old G4 and borrowed monitor are doing to my eyes, and the potential new work Joy and I could be doing with some of the new software that’s coming out (like Adobe’s Cs4), I think the answer is yes.

Now the only issue is funding it all. (My “Nervous complaint” acts up…) “Nurse! Nurse….!”

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One Response to The Eternal question: When to buy a computer

  1. Ron Lankshear says:

    You probably read this
    from
    http://www.apple.com/macosx/snowleopard/

    re
    64-bit

    To accommodate the enormous amounts of memory being added to advanced hardware, Snow Leopard extends the 64-bit technology in Mac OS X to support breakthrough amounts of RAM — up to a theoretical 16TB, or 500 times more than what is possible today. More RAM makes applications run faster, because more of their data can be kept in the very fast physical RAM instead of on the much slower hard disk.

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