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PC or Apple - DAW Performance Benchmarking

Discussion in 'Recording' started by audiokid, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Do yourself a favor and check out this url:
    DAW Bench : DAW Performance Benchmarking
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    This is very interesting. Of course just like with microphones and preamps and converters, real world application is the final arbiter. I am going to have to check out the website generally though.
  3. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Indeed, and not surprising for us.... see the results with Reaper.
  4. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    That did not surprise me just based on my experiments here at home. I've used Audition for so many years it is hard for me to trust using Reaper in pressure situations where I'm playing too. In time I feel confident Reaper will become my primary location DAW. I think Audition will remain my finalizing/pseudo mastering platform due to it's spectral tools etc. However, Reaper just blows Audition out of the water for performance on the front end.
  5. somorastik

    somorastik Active Member

    I allways had this complex about PCs because I was brought up using macs when I was a kid, but now I see a good set up PC is at least just as good.
  6. EricIndecisive

    EricIndecisive Active Member

    I started out with macs when I was a kid and hated them... mostly because all my friends could play Command and Conquer but I couldn't. But ever since I got a PC and have started to figure out how they work (I built my own) I will never go to a mac. Once you understand Windows it's like having your first car and driving out all on your own. Whereas a Mac your parent is always sitting in the seat next to you telling you "no you can't do that"
  7. somorastik

    somorastik Active Member

    Yeah I guess youre right. I had a mac for a long time, then I had a PC for a while, I could play some games, but it didnt realy meant much to me. Then dad bought mac and I did my whole high school with him. From start to finish. 4 years. Served as a charm. I learned how the system works, reinstalled coupla a times, backed up and so on. It got old and slow eventualy, so I installed som older os. For College my mother bought me a Toshiba laptop, which I run daily.
    And I got so connected with it, since its my only gateway to outside world, it does everything for me, I know and use each key on the keyboard and I know it back to forth. Well thats how I feel. I know that if it breaks, itll break off a piece of my heart.
    My friends moan for new computers so they can play games, they are like little kids. Yeah to hell with them. My laptop suits my needs, never hapens to me that it cant do something for me. I will keep it as long as I can.
  8. SharkAudio

    SharkAudio Active Member

    Wow, I am surprised as well. I only have a VERY passing knowledge of Reaper, but I didn't know it could keep up with (or out-perform) a Mac like that. I've just gotten used to the common language: Mac is better. I know building your own would help with performance, but I'm really surprised. Thanks for sharing.
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  9. mdb

    mdb Active Member

    That's really nice, but where's the computer information? Good to publish the OS used... how about the computer specs? Was the benchmark done on equally setup systems? Quad-cores, Xeon chips, amount of ram, hard drive types and configs, video cards, audio cards and equipment, laptop to desktop, Mac Pro vs decked out PC?

    I'm not saying the PC can't outperform a Mac, but give us the goods. Was the test fair or lopsided? Is this a PC vs Mac test or an OS test? There is a difference because if it's an OS test (which it looked like it was) then the system components must be equally matched with respect to their performance.

    Reference System Detail:
    Intel i7 920 Quadcore/ 2.66 GHZ/
    Intel X58 / 6 GB DDR3-PC10600

    The Mac Pro doesn't come with this configuration. The 27" iMac has an i7 quad, but then you're comparing a PC with an all-in-one that doesn't contain a dedicated sound card or the ability to incorporate a PCI card. Depending on the system configuration you choose either a PC or a Mac is going to work just fine for pro audio. A lot of pro studios use either or.

    I'm personally a Mac guy, but I own a good i3 PC as well.
  10. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    It's about how the DAW performs not how the brand performs. The key point is that Reaper pretty much dominated all the other DAW's.

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