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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Apple Mac or PC?

After 6+ years of using my current PC (Personal Computer; AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+) I've decided that it's time to move on to something abit more substantial and have been debating on which system to get. The problem is that there are just too many choices available in this technological environment we live in.

For some time now I've been looking at the Apple range of computers and thought yeah it would be nice to switch over just for the aesthetics of the design and generally if you're working with multimedia related stuffs then the Macs are probably the way to go. I mean comparing OSX and Windows comes down to one common ground. They are both still a graphical user interface which lets you point and click; am I wrong? Oops... :P

Anyway though they are very nice systems, I've decided to stick with a PC instead and the main reason is performance & value versus design. If I compare the core specs here...

Apple: 27-inch iMac
2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor
4GB DDR3 SDRAM @ 1066MHz
1TB 7200RPM Serial ATA hard drive
ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR3 memory

PC: Custom built
2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-930 processor
12GB DDR3 Triple-channel SDRAM @ 1600MHz
120GB Crucial RealSSD C300 drive
ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics processors with 2GB of GDDR5 memory

If you know technical specs then you can see that there are some pretty big differences between the two. The iMac of course being an all-in-one system comes with a 27” wide screen which is quite nice actually. A quick search on the Internet points out that Apple are using the i7-860 processor which means they could be using either the single or dual-channel type RAM. Anyway if you want to go all technical of which is better, do a search for "i7 930 vs 860", "ati 4850 vs 5970".

So in the past few days I've been sitting at home putting the new system together, performing fresh installs, migrating existing data from old to new, etc. and thus have been pretty busy. Have to say that now everything is installed and general folders tidied up, I am pretty happy with its performance. With the SSD as the main OS (Operating System) drive, the system now loads in well under 30 seconds from time of you switch on the PC to able to start working on various things in Windows 7 (64-bit too). Loading applications in general now takes about a second or two depending on the program with the longest takes around less than 5 seconds.

Graphics wise, no competition there. It's the best graphics processor/card available in the general market at the time of this post so no complaints there. Only main problems now are really the noise levels of the case. I always knew that moving back to an Intel based system would have problems with noise. Even though the case itself has noise dampeners in place to keep it quiet, it's the fans themselves that are noisy unfortunately. With three 18cm fans in the case I can understand. It is a Silverstone FT-02B-WRI case and while putting them all together, figured out that the case ain't that well designed after all. Oh well...

Anyway have to say I'm very happy with the new system. Just have to get used to Windows 7 now. :)

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