[OS X TeX] What kind of operation is TeXing? (concerning hardware)
gerhardt at math.uni-heidelberg.de
Thu Feb 3 14:07:32 EST 2005
In that price range I don't know any comparable machine. Acoording to
some tests by MacInTouch the Mac Mini was comparable in speed to an
iMac G5 when the CPU was set to 'automatic'.
Memory is certainly the man bottleneck and from my experiences I would
recommend that get the maximum amount possible, i.e., 1GB, already
factory configured - Apple has reduced the memory prices recently.
I don't think that the relatively slow hard drive will be noticeable;
it might be, if you would use Flashmode, but then a custom format might
advisable. At the moment I am using one myself, since the chapter I am
working at is a bit oversized, more than 70 pages, and having a custom
format gives a small speed boost, which might be more dramatic, in case
of a slow hard drive.
On Feb 3, 2005, at 17:40, Steffen Wolfrum wrote:
> I am thinking about to buy a Mac Mini (1.42 MHz).
> Reading some reviews I noticed that a lack of this machine are
> operations – for the hard drive seems to be relatively slow.
> As my very main target by buying a new Mac is to have TeX (ConTeXt,
> executed fast (at a resonable price: no option for dual G5!), I would
> like to
> ask you for an advice:
> What kind of operation is TeXing (i.e. running texexec --pdf in the
> What kind of components are important for this (fast processor, lots
> of RAM,
> fast harddrive)?
> And is a Mac Mini (1.42 MHz) a good idea, or do you recommend an other
> (at a comparable price)?
> Thank you for feeback and comments.
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