I'm thinking of purchasing a Mac Pro, 3.2Ghz, Quad core. I have been searching for how Adobe's software can access the various cores of the different configurations, that is, does the software only address one processor or does it multi-thread? I do primarily graphic design using (currently) the design suite CS4 - planning to move to CS6. I'm not a heavy Photoshop user but would use Illustrator more for 3D work if it will render fast enough.
I don't want to over buy (currently have a G5 Quad (2006) with 14GB ram) but certainly want to go faster. I need 2 DVI out on the graphics card and I see that the Radeon 5770 has that. I have a 27" and 24" monitor on my current system. I don't do any video, just print work; no web either; lots of transparencies in my work though so rendering fast is a must.
I've read a couple of threads that indicate CS6 is slow on the non-Nvidia graphics cards. I don't mind replacing the card but I want to make sure that the system I'm looking at will "do the trick." I'm not interested in any iMac; I'm sure they are fine, the price is great but having everything in one unit is problematic - one thing fails and I loose my entire system.
If you don't do video, I'm curious why you're asking about this in the Premiere Pro forum, the app designed for video? You may be better off asking in the forums of the software you do intend to use.
Sorry, wrong forum.