A couple of years ago I bought a Mac Pro 8-core 2.23 GHZ, and have been very disappointed with its processing speeds, particularly with saving PS files.
Timing my saves with PS files, here's my averages: for a 500 MB file - 67 seconds (1 minute, 7 seconds), and for a 1 GB file - 151 seconds (2 minutes, 31 seconds). Doesn't that sound awfully slow, or am I just expecting too much? My old 1.8 GHZ G4, which this unit replaces, was almost as fast.
I don't understand a thing about multi-core processors, and whether or not it's something I personally need. Trying to find specific information as to what they do is something I've yet to find. Even the Apple Store couldn't offer me a definitive explanation. I went with 8-core simply because the sales person promised it would be fast as lightning, and run rings around my G4. Well...Not happening!
So I'd like to try something else. This time I'm thinking a Mac Pro with less cores, but a larger, faster processor. Does that make any logical sense? Am I wasting my time & money with this move?
PS is the biggest app I have, plus a few plug-ins like Nik and Photo Kit Sharpener. I have Microsoft Office, plus whatever came with the computer, and that's it. Rarely do I run anything in tangent with PS, other than iTunes.