The “Beast” and the Beauty…

Posted on 30 March 2007

The “Beast” and the Beauty…, originally uploaded by Squidly.

We received the new computer yesterday without complications. FedEx allows you to redirect delivery to a different address by printing off a form from their website and hanging it on your door.

The new computer is a Mac Pro 2.66 GHZ machine with the following “extras”:

2Gig of Ram
500 Gig Hard Drive
16x dvd “superdrive” (for playing & burning dvds)
FInal Cut HD Express (the “Consumer” version of FInal Cut Pro video editiing software)
Radeon x1900 video card

Installation was a snap. I pulled my old pc out, plopped this one in, and hooked my Mac-Mini up via a firewire cable. After launching the Mini in “target-mode” by holding down the “T” key during bootup, the Mac Pro was able to pull all my mail, applications, and other files over and replicate them on my new machine. It took awhile to drag 50 Gig of data over a firewire cable (about an hour), but after that was done I had a machine that felt the same as the one I left.

Except a WHOLE lot faster.

I loaded up the Mac version of World of Warcraft and patched everything, and was stunned to see the difference. On my old 3Ghz Windows PC I’d run at 1920×1200 with numerous other settings at their minimum level, and get 28-30 frames per second. On the Mac Pro I run at 2560×1600 with *everything maxed* and get 58-60fps.

The video card surely makes a difference, as the Windows pc uses a Radeon 1650 Pro.

I’ve also done some initial testing with iPhoto, Photoshop, and iMovie. Everything flies. Even Photoshop which is running under Rosetta is markedly faster than it was on my Mac-Mini. Yeah I know…”duh”…right? 🙂

This beast of a machine will last us a very long time.


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