Mac Pro 3,1 - 8-core - 2,8 GHz or iMac 11,1 - i7 - 2,8 GHz

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Baklava, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2010
    Hello all,

    I want to replace my current system but just can't decide with which system I should go.

    1st choice
    Mac Pro 3,1 (Early 2008)
    2,8 GHz 8-Core (2 x Intel Xeon Quad-Core)

    2nd choice
    iMac 11,1 (Late 2009)
    2,8 GHz Intel Core i7

    The machine will be heavily used for graphics design (Adobe Suite).

    My current pros for both systems:

    - almost everything is upgradable
    - ports
    - 4 HD slots (great solution for mass-storage which could also be shared in the network with other devices)

    - comes with a 27" display
    - 'newer' system (Late 2009 vs Early 2008)

    The price of both machines are about the same (of course pre-used and not new).

    Excited about the advises from the community. :)
  2. macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012
    I would say....

    go with the Mac Pro if expandability is paramount to you. But before to go in that route, check out throughly about the extent of multicore support for the apps you plan to use, in this case the Adobe Suite. I have the understand that core optimized in Adobe products varies greatly. Having said the latter, for future proofing, the latest hardware always works better.....

  3. -jc
    macrumors member


    Jan 18, 2013
    If its not out of your price range, try and get a 2010 Mac Pro refurbished from Apple. The 2008 model is getting a bit old now.

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