I’m looking for a computer to replace an existing Win 7 Pro, and I’m running a basic speed test of renders on Win and Mac. Thought someone here might know about the results I’m getting. In all cases I’m rendering a one hour 96K montage to 44.1 using Crystal Resampler in Ultra. These are the results:
Win 7 Pro Intel Xeon 6-core 3.3 GHz, 6 GB 1333 MHz RAM. Render time: 10:00
Win 7 Pro Intel Core 2 4-core 2.33 GHz, 3 GB 800 MHz RAM. Render time: 15:00
Mac OS 10.7.5 Intel i7 4-core 2.3 GHz, 4 GB 1600 MHz RAM. Render time: 8:30
Mac OS 10.7.5 Intel i5 2-core 2.3 GHz, 8 GB 1333 MHz RAM. Render time: 10:15
The Windows computers are about 4 years old. The Macs are about 2 years old.
How can the 2.3 GHz quad core Mac be faster to render than the 3.3 GHz 6-core Windows? The faster RAM? The generation of processors? The Mac OS? Even the i5 on the Mac is almost as fast as the Xeon. Also, I can see in task manager that the Xeon is using all 6 cores during the render. But maybe I’m overlooking something.
If anyone has time to try this on their machine, I’d really appreciate seeing what you get.
Also a final question, maybe to PG, but does the RAM speed affect render speed?