I currently have two machines running two separate copies of Cubase 6. One is a Mac Pro that I’m very happy with. The other is an old MacBook Pro that I’m looking to replace.
I was looking at the new Mac Minis. Some of the benchmarks are very close to those of some old Mac Pros. At half the cost, it seems like a great bargain.
Here’s the catch. Chris Beuermann has stated that Cubase 6 on Mac doesn’t handle multithreading/multicore very well:
Cubase does not support hyperthreading … A 12 core CPU that runs at 2 Ghz is not faster then a 6 core that runs at 3 Ghz. Each plugin that you load in to Cubase will get spread over the cores. For example: on track one you insert a plugin --> will be processed by core 1. On track two your next plugin will be processed at core 2 etc.
(Quoted from https://www.steinberg.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=81&t=14022 )
I’ve found another thread about the new Mac Minis, but no one was aware of the multicore issue.
I’m trying to decide between the MacMini 2.0GHz Quad-Core vs. the 2.7GHz Dual-Core. Factors I’m considering:
- The Quad core technically performs at a MUCH higher benchmark.
- Cubase may support hyperthreading in the future.
- If I’m running a lot of VSTs/AUs, Cubase might make good use of a quad core already.
- BUT, if multiple cores don’t matter for Cubase, then the duo 2.7GHz has faster processors.
- And maybe the duo 2.7GHz is already powerful enough that I don’t need more than that.
I’m pretty confused at this point. Interested to hear about peoples’ experiences with comparable macs.