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+ - Windows 7, OS X or both: multimedia dream machine

Submitted by James_Rolevink
James_Rolevink (146424) writes "Much esteemed nerds and geeks of /., my hardware is in desperate need of upgrading. I am involved in hardcore content creation, i.e.: desktop publishing, photography, movie creation/editing, audio editing etc.; basically, I need a beast multimedia workstation.

The immanent release of IvyBridge rigs has got me wondering, is there any need to stick with OS X these days? In fact, I need to write a business case for either OS X, Windows 7, or an integrated environment. Money is no object, not if the genuine advantages are there to justify it; [Gobbo voice cut] time is money, friend! [/Gobbo voice cut]

So, adhering tenaciously to plausible/justifiable/credible factoids — and avoiding at all times any fanboidom/flamebaiting — I need the comprehensive pros and cons. I was looking to any possible advantages, either way, in things like:
* 100% POSIX + 100% Unix *and* runs Photoshop
*Image handling/rendering?
*Font handling/rendering?
*Colour correction/accuracy?
*Latency (for a/v especially)?
*Hardcore multithreading/multitasking?
*Uptime/updates/upgrades?
*Raw performance (speed)?
*Inbuilt features (e.g.: backup/security)?
*Ease of use, e.g.:
      * Universal and easy high ÅSÇÌ chäráctèr shortcuts?
      * Automation/workflows? AppleScript, Unix/POSIX
*Plug and play/integration (e.g: a/v peripherals, storgage/output devices)?
*Advantageous platform-specific core technologies (e.g.: Core audio/video, Quartz, Grand Central, ColorSync etc.)?
*Any platform-specific software must-haves?
*Anything else, either way?"
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