David wrote:Apple is using the same processors as other hardware manufacturers. This is evident by the fact that is possible to hack the Mac OS to make it run on any PC, and also that Windows can be installed on Macs.
Does anyone know if there is there a fundamental difference in the way a Mac computer uses multiple cores, as opposed to Intel PC, which will dramatically affect processing times?
David wrote:Actually it should not be that different, IME it is almost easier to add a new Mac than to reconfigure or add a new WinPc into an exiting system.
…As for the comparative costs, we're not starting from scratch here. It's one thing to wheel in just a new PC CPU and plug it into the existing system, and another thing altogether to completely switch over to a new Mac
henrypootel wrote:The jump can be as big or little as you like. You could, for example, take the Windows license from the old PC and migrate it to the Mac (with all your existing software). I'd suggest using something like Parallels or VMware Fusion so you can run both simultaneously. You will then have a new machine that does everything the old one did (but quicker). Then, as fast or slow as you please, begin to migrate your workflow into the Mac OS. You'll eventually get to the point where you never want to start Windows.
I don't want to jump into the old Mac vs. PC thing here, but if your IT guy is suggesting that you make a platform jump(which is a very big deal)
KeesW wrote:I don't know how true this is. I suppose a lot depends on the abilities, knowledge and resources of the custom builder. One thing I have noticed is the the custom shops often don't have access to the latest stuff since the first lots are often bought up by the big guys.
If you custom build a computer (as we did), one can choose to combine better components than are found in off the shelf PC's or Macs.
He did get a much fancier video card (Quadro instead of Geforce) but it doesn't seem to make that much difference.Doesn't make much difference in ArchiCAD, no. In 3Ds Max or the like it would though. The reason I would always go qith a Quadro is that they are fully supported by nVidia for use on business platforms. The geForce cards are not. They probably won't have problems, but if they do, tough biscuits.