[Chimera-users] question about mac laptops / workstations and chimera stability
goddard at cgl.ucsf.edu
Tue Feb 6 15:05:39 PST 2007
I just got my MacBook Pro with 2 Gb memory and 160 Gb hard-drive
yesterday. It's been working well with Chimera volume display, surface
and solid. Performance is roughly a factor of two better than my 4 year
old Dell Precision M50 with Quadro 4 GoGL 500 graphics (a very heavy
machine, ~10lb). I just took a look at a 2k by 2k by 76 tomogram and
performance was as expected.
2 Gb memory is adequate for my uses. I went for the 160 Gb harddrive
instead of the 120 Gb since volume data and video can take some space.
The 200 Gb option was a 4200 rpm drive which I suspect would be slower
than the smaller 5200 rpm models so I avoided it.
If you'd like to try my laptop before you order you are welcome to
come over to my house in SF.
> is the base 2 GB memory sufficient, and do you have any reservations
> regarding transfer speed from the harddrive?
> I am going to place an order, wanted to check with you first about
> those 2 things before going ahead.
> (I figure, if you are developing on it, this is not a bad idea.)
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