I did this because I am having a lot of crashing in OSX and someone advised Bootcamping the computer and running Windows 7, suggesting one would experience a considerable performance increase. So I did.
Here’s the setup:
Cubase 7.5.2 on a Mac Pro dual Xeon 2.26 (8 cores with hyperthreading turned off) with 32GB 1066 DDR3 comparing performance on OSX 10.9.2 versus Windows 7 (all updates and usual DAW-friendly settings).
The project is at 24/48 and has:
- 31 stereo tracks and 4 mono tracks
- SD2.0 (just under 4GB)
- 9 VSL instruments loaded into Kontakt
- 5 instances of Absynth
- ~43 stereo plugins
- uses 5.56GB RAM
I compared many aspects of this setup - boot time, Cubase launch time, and, of course, the playback performance. If you want to go straight to the latter, it starts at 4:13.
Please understand I’m posting this simply to furnish information (and hopefully save others from wasting the incredible amount of time it took me to do this). Further, my closing conclusions solely address and are based on this experiment and its results. I’m not saying one type of OS or computer is better than another.
All the music in here is mine. In order of appearance:
- “P-Not” (2000)
- “Pretty Good Day for a Turtle” (excerpt, 2005)
- “Say Goodbye” (excerpt, 2014)