Originally Posted by solipsism
This tells me that new Cimena Dispalys w/ an iSight camera and IR receiver are coming soon.
My sentiments, too. I miss the consistency.
PS: Is anyone actually planning on getting an 8-core Mac Pro? Scratch that! Is anyone planning on using any PC with a Clovertown CPU in it. I don't think I have any programs that can come close to dealing with a 4 core processor.
That's really a good question.
If I still had my business, I would be buying some. The reason for that is competition. If the software allows it, any speed gained in rendering tasks is more money in my pocket, and more work can be done in the same time. My competitors will be buying them. As our machines often worked 24 hours a day, cutting time down by 25 to 50% means a lot.
But for the individual, even those who do the same work, it might be different. Depends on just how much time is being spent on these background tasks.
If you need to render, and only have one machine, this would be a money-saver, If you also need to do other work at the same time, and you now have to wait to do it. Those 8 cores could save a lot of hours. Billable hours.
The advantage here is that you can legitimately double bill those hours.
So, if you bill per hour for rendering, or bill per job, and then you bill for other work as well, you can now do both of those tasks at the same time AT FULL SPEED. Thus your hourly income can be doubled, depending on what you are doing. You can then take on more work, or possibly (hopefully), take more time off.
If you don't have that requirement, then this machine is not needed.
Of course, in a few months we will see the Penyrn machine with at least another 30% performance improvement, and possibly other enhancements as well, possibly for less money then this new higher price.