[PD] Performance comparisons!

Mike McGonagle mjmogo at gmail.com
Fri Dec 28 19:16:18 CET 2007

Thanks for all the suggestions. It sounds like Linux might be the best. I
have thought about getting an Intel Mac, but with the pricing compared to
other Intel hardware, the bang for the buck may not really be worth Apple's
prices. I still have some older hardware that is still very usable, and I
was thinking about creating a little PD farm, and try networking them all
Thanks again.


On Dec 28, 2007 9:34 AM, bsoisoi <bsoisoi at mac.com> wrote:

> I second that.  If your main motivating factor is performance, Linux is
> the way to go.  I too run a dual boot Linux/OSX system on my 2nd notebook,
> and have found Pd patches running in linux to run with *much* less cpu
> load than OSX.  If you choose to use JACK instead of Portaudio on OSX, you
> can reduce their cpu load significantly (fyi, JACK isn't yet compatible with
> 10.5).  The Mac/Linux system is probably the best of both worlds + you can
> satisfy your OS X package needs with Darwinports (which rocks).
> As for windows, haven't used it for audio since 1999 and don't intend on
> going back.
> Do you have any other main considerations besides price and performance
> when looking for a new machine?
> ~Brandon
> On Dec 27, 2007, at 6:44 PM, Derek Holzer wrote:
> Hi Mike,
> Mike McGonagle wrote:
> Hello all,
> I was wondering if anyone has done any sort of "Platform" comparisons? I
> am in the market for a new machine, and was just wondering if there were
> any performance comparions for the various platforms for which PD is
> available.
> More than enough stuff in the archives about this. My take:
> I don't know anything about Windows, haven't touched it since 2002. I do
> find that quite a bit of PD is either optimized for or developed with
> Linux on Intel architecture in mind. You have the widest choice of
> objects available and often running better than on any other platform.
> Additionally, I run Gentoo and OSX both on a PPC Powerbook and
> discovered long ago that patches running on the same machine and same PD
> version are more than twice as fast on Linux as on OSX. There are
> probably many reasons for this, the most recently-discussed one was the
> interface with Core Audio.
> If you're up to it, a Linux partition on an Intel machine (Mac or PC)
> would be the highest performance way to go. That leaves a lot up to you
> still.
> best,
> d.
> --
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