My experience/comparison between a Powerbook and a PC

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  1. swanmusic

    swanmusic Guest

    I had a post a couple of days back asking about making a choice between a PC (3.2GHz with 2Gig RAM) and a Powerbook (1.67GHz with 2Gig RAM). I already made the switch from a PC to a Powerbook and am very happy about it. Powerbook is a little slow when it comes to opening software applications but overall it functions smoothly. I noticed a major difference when I opened a couple of applications at the same time with out any problems. I was amazed to see that. I could in fact play different music pieces made in different programs like Logic, Reason, Garageband etc at the same time and there wasn't even a smallest glitch. Oh and the OS is what a pleasure! It's like having a bmw/mercedes, a luxury car!

    Now, my question is, if I want to have more processing power, can I use a mac mini with the Powerbook making use of Logic node? How much of a difference would it make? Has anybody tried this for a while? I'm thinking of buying one since it's cheaper here in US before I move for a while in Asia. Also, which one should I be looking at and should I be upgrading memory or harddrive in it?
  2. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    you can easily use a minimac as a node....

    it's not officially supported but it works fine

    tried it with my powerbook and two mini's

    it takes about five minutes to setup and totally transparent to use....

    if you add the node app as a startup item you don't even need mouse and keyboard.... just turn it on and use it as extra power.....
  3. swanmusic

    swanmusic Guest

    Thanks for that info but I saw on the apple discussion boards and most people didn't see much of a difference with using anything other than the G5. How much of a difference should I expect if I used one mac mini? 10%, 20%? (Please tell me in percentage).

    Also, do you actually save some tracks on mac mini or just use the processing power? I am just a little confused as to how it works.
  4. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    on my 1.5 powerbook i got about 110% more power from each 1.42 mini....

    (i measured how many notes i could play on an instrument)

    so with 2 mini's i had approx. 3 times the power...

    this is probably because they don't have to handle anything other than the node app...

    and it works by just pressing the node button on a track.... the processing moves to the node..... peace of cake...... i love apple :cool:
  5. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2003
    Kirkland WA
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    Cool, I have a Powerbook and a mini, Now I just need to upgrade from Express to the Pro version.

    Oh Santa Please! Puleez!

    :roll: :cool: 8)
  6. swanmusic

    swanmusic Guest

    WOW! I should expect to at least double the processing power then. That's awesome! I must get a mac mini now. :)

    I have one more question, do I have to worry about RAM/Hard drive speed of the Mac mini?
  7. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    i would put a gig in it.....

    the ones i tried had a gig each....
  8. axel

    axel Guest

    swanmusic wrote:
    :D :D :D

    and yupp, everything above a gig of ram will do good.
    it's always nicer to have a fast HD, but it will push the price up, so get what you can afford... if you can get / afford a fast HD for the mini, you can even use him as a 2nd audio HD...thingy.
  9. swanmusic

    swanmusic Guest

    But do you store anything on the harddrive of mac mini? If not, I wouldn't like to get another hard drive.
  10. Calgary

    Calgary Active Member

    Nov 25, 2005
    Sounds like you had a *really* crappy PC if it couldn't even open 2 apps simultaneously. This is by no means indicative of PCs in general.

    I can easily run Photoshop and Nuendo at the same time while watching an MPG on my second monitor. I routinely work with multiple Adobe and Macromedia applications open at the same time, no sweat. For my money it's frustrating to hear people speak about garbage PCs vs. Macs, which seems mostly to the case. Decent grade PCs run multiple apps with ease and have for many years now.

  11. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    if you run it as a node it won't matter what hd is in it..... AFAIK
  12. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    that's my understanding too....
  13. swanmusic

    swanmusic Guest

    Calgary, I have one of the fastest PCs with 3.2GHz processor and 2 Gig of Corsair RAM with all the quality components. I didn't have that much to complain but when it comes to a situation when you run out of memory/resources, PCs tend to just hang and I have experienced that alot. With macs, since they are known to do better memory/resources management (because of the best OS!!!), you hardly see them freezing. That's what I meant by what I said.

    I like the OS, how easy it is to use and also how cool (intuitive) everything looks. I made my research, converted all my samples that use and choose the applications that I use the most for Mac OS (plug-ins and stuff) and then made the switch. I don't see myself switching back to PCs again.

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