Dr wrote:But remember the clock fequency of the mac mini is almost twice that of your G4. Its not like Archicad is written to take advantage of the 64 bit G5
Sorry to say, the mini will not hack it. It is not the Ram. 1 gig of ram is enough. It's the G4 processor. I find AC9 frustratingly slow on our G4. You will kick yourself every time you count the seconds while you wait for your library part to turn 45° in the tool box.
Macbook Pro M1 Max 64GB ram, OS X 10.XX latest
tobys wrote:this is probably the heart of the matter. if this is going to last you for a five year degree then go for broke now! a lower spec machine will be out of date with performance decrease to match far quicker than a high end machine. if you buy the low-spec machine you'll probably have to upgrade within two years and the machine will be worth nothing on a trade-in.
There is of course my dillemma between spending AUS$1800 and AUS $3000 as a student who cannot see this technology lasting much further than the end of my 5 year degree. Surely something new will be available.
Lennox wrote:the first computer is obviously still as fast as when you bought it . . . but what you are forgetting are the software cycles that happen as well. are the minimum system requirements of archiCAD 9 the same as those of archiCAD 4? no!
Does this render the first computer slower, or is it still as fast as when it was bought?
~/archiben wrote:Of course it's not like the users are clamoring for new features or anything
this is of course the hardware-software vicious circle that all manufacturers/developers (not just apple!) are marketing to the masses. ooo! the cynicism!