Mac Processor Upgrade or Slave Computer?

Andrew Goodwin

Active Member
Hi Guys,

In short I got a new computer and the difference is not much. What should I do?

Get a slave computer?
Get a processor upgrade to a 3.0Ghz 10-Core?
Also any preferred method to test plugin load?

Was on a:
-MacbookPro 2.5Ghz, Quad-Core, 16GB Ram, SSDs(internal, and External for samples)
-Cubase 10.0.15
-Kontakt (latest version of 5)

Got a:
-Mac Pro 3.5Ghz, 6-Core, 64GB Ram, Upgraded internal SSD to 1TB OWC(to take advantage of APFS files system)
-Cubase 10.0.15
-Kontakt (latest version of 5)

Cubase on both is using multiprocessing in 32-bit mode with ASIO Guard on High. Kontakt Multi Core is Disabled.


Render Time for a 5:30 minute large project lots of reverbs:
Old Macbook Pro: 6:44
New Mac Pro: 6:05

CPU Load appears nearly identical based on the DAW meter:
(Is there a more accurate way to measure this?)


Video Rendering was the biggest difference:
Old Macbook Pro: 2:37
New Mac Pro: 1:11

Thanks,