Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your great intelligence and combined force of experience...
So, it's been a year since Mr. Huss' recently resurfaced question, and it seems like it's high-time to unearth the perennial question. A year is a real, real long time in the computer-iverse.
In this particular case I'm interested only in laptops. Portable is more-table. These little guys are starting to get mighty powerful (I was at a PT9HD Native demo a couple of months ago and the guy was running a 128-track session with full-rez HD video off a McBook Pro). Is there any particular reason to think that PT9 would run any less well on a superhotshitawesome Windows7 laptop than on a McBook Pro?
This question is borne out by two facts 1) I am a, ahem, thrifty young gentleman, and 2) I'm starting to get a little sick of what seem to me to be perfectly satisfactory computers getting bashed because they don't come in brushed aluminium cases.
Comparing specs between the Toshiba Satellite M645 and the middle-of-the-road McBook Pro here's what we get:
Toshiba Satellite M645:
- 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M
- 6GB, 1,333MHz DDR3 RAM
- 640GB, 5,400rpm
- Intel HD Graphics 3000
- Nvidia GeForce GT 525M
- Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
- Chipset Intel HM65
- Price as reviewed $1,099
McBook Pro 15-inch:
- 2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (no idea which one)
- 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM
- 500GB 5400rpm
- Intel HD Graphics 3000
- AMD Radeon HD 6490M with 256MB GDDR5
- Built-in battery (7 hours)2
- Price: $1849 CAD
Now, according to this article, Core i3 vs i5 vs i7: A Summary of Intel's Processors, the functional difference between an i5 and i7 core is really only about 100MHz and is only noticeable in super-duper processing situations i.e. 3D rendering, HD video editing, Supermath, and Physics Kinda Stuff.
So, it would seem to me that the only real difference between these machines is the price. If I include the Canadian taxes to get the real cost of each machine here's what we have:
Toshiba with i5
Even if you wanted to move up to the i7 in the Toshiba, it'd only cost you ~$300 more.
Toshiba with i7
Plus with the Toshiba you've got a bigger drive, more RAM, and equivalent video cards. This, to me, seems like such a slap in the face from Apple that I assume I must be missing something.
There is the other question of OS stability. In my experience thus far running PT9 on both OSX.5 and Windows7 I have had absolutely no problems with either. However, I will grant that my sessions are not quite as industrial strength as some of you guys out there. So, also taking into the consideration the recent PT9 upgrade, which I assume is meant to deal with some kind of stability kinda stuff, and all of my waffle ^^up there^^, what do you think? Is the whole "Apple is more reliable" thing just hot air and hype?
p.s. I will accept only one Canadian real-money joke in this thread. So make it a good one.
We have a winner for the Canadian Money Joke of the Thread!!!! Here's VCProd talking about FireWire cards:
"That will run you a hundred dollers (that's like 700 canadian dollars or 18 fine moose pelts, I think)."
He even managed to get a jab in for the way Merkins always pronounce things wrong! Double prizes!
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