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Old 06-29-2019, 11:37 AM
GeorgieC GeorgieC is offline
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Default question about 8th gen intel i3

Hello,

I am looking into buying an iMac for use for Pro Tools Standard 2019

On the Avid system requirements page it says reads that an intel core i5 processor is needed.

The iMac I am looking at has an 8th gen i3. Is that suitable? From what i understand the iMac with the 8th gen i3 is better than the one with the 7th gen i5?

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Old 06-29-2019, 11:53 AM
Darryl Ramm Darryl Ramm is online now
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Default Re: question about 8th gen intel i3

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Hello,

I am looking into buying an iMac for use for Pro Tools Standard 2019

On the Avid system requirements page it says reads that an intel core i5 processor is needed.

The iMac I am looking at has an 8th gen i3. Is that suitable? From what i understand the iMac with the 8th gen i3 is better than the one with the 7th gen i5?

Many thanks
G

Mac 21 inch (2012) 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 12 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
Mac OS High Sierra (10.13.6)
MBOX mini
PRO TOOLS 2018
Can you just paste all the specs of the system you are looking at? CPU is not the only thing to worry about. You can run Pro Tools on a wet noodle...ut it won’t do much... so you have to give us some idea what you are doing, session size, how many tracks, sample rates, what plugins, especially VIs and how many plugin instances. You committing/freezing lots of tracks to offload the CPU? Trying to run lots of stuff with small IO buffer while tracking?

Why are you upgrading... what problems are you trying to solve?
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Old 06-29-2019, 01:48 PM
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Default Re: question about 8th gen intel i3

Just an opinion....any way you slice it, the i3 is a "budget" cpu, and you want "power" for an audio recording setup. Certain things just should not be skimped on(like cpu, RAM, cooling, hard drive space/speed) Look at it another way. Buy a "budget" computer for $1K and out-grow it in 3 years. It cost you $333.33 for each year and now you need to buy again. Buy a "power" computer for $2K and its still meeting your needs in 6 years. Your annual payout is the same at year 6, but each following year, the annual cost goes down
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