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This review is from: iMac 24" Desktop 2.8GHz/2GB/320GB/SD (Electronics)
As a film/art student I have generally 3 programs running (After effects, Final Cut, Photoshop) as well as MSN, Web Browser and itunes etc and you wouldn't realize it's so smooth and fast not freezing or stalling as my old window machine used too.
Te actual machine looks gorgeous and I'm sure wont date so awfully as earlier, more tacky, models have. One thing I will note is the price, yes it's expensive but I believe is worth it and if your a student go on the apple site and see if your University is listed you can get a 1/3 off, defiantly not something to sniff at.
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Initial post: 25 Sep 2009 02:15:43 BDT
While I am still drooling over a Mac Pro, my 24" iMac (2.93GHz) runs CS4 apps very well - though if I open too many 300DPI, 8x11 images (think 40), I can get it to slow... :)
Though AfterEffects, ONLY WHEN RENDERING, will slow it down. (I did max RAM and CPU usage, of course). It's still quite passable, but for major work a Mac Pro (quad core) might be preferable... benchmarks I've read show a 2.66 quad core w/8GB outpacing a 3.06 dual core w 4/RAM by a considerable margin. I haven't found any benchmarks showing a dual core system with 8GB (AE is said to use individual processes for multiple cores; each process having up to 4GB on its own, which is why it can work wonders on a 32-bit OS with PAE enabled and have 8GB of total RAM). Given the choice, I'd rather do a RAM upgrade than spend a ton more money... but then, if AE is the only CPU-needy app, then these higher-end iMacs are very worthy.
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