Older vs Newer Mac Pros

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by toxic, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    what would I be losing if I bought an '08 2.8 or 3GHz 8-core instead of an '09 2.93 or '10 2.8 quad? I know the RAM clock speed went up, but anything else?

    I'm using Aperture, Photoshop, and SolidWorks, if that influences anything.
  2. macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2010
    The Nehalem Xeon's gained Turbo Boost and Hyper Threading... which respectively turn off inactive cores and increase clock speeds on active ones for single threaded usage, and allow two threads to run per core.

    I believe 2009 was also when they started putting the processors on riser cards, which would make them theoretically easier to upgrade (but still expensive).

    I don't think there's much denying that the 2009 and 2010's are better than the 2008's.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Jan 17, 2008
  4. macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2006
    He is trying to describe differences between newer and older Mac Pros....i guess..

    BTW..any news on Zeus 3.0 ??¿..heh..just kidding:D
  5. macrumors 65816

    Jun 3, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    *facepalm* :p

    Yea, and Cindori is backing him up and agreeing.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2009
    I sold my 2008 2.8-octo for the new hexacore. So glad I did, in the long run this thing will def be worth it . . . I can see real world speeds of nearly 50-70% faster than the previous.
  7. macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    I don't know what the difference between the 08 model and the newest model is, but I can tell you that I had a first generation Mac Pro and bought the new base Model (quad core @ 2,8Ghz). I can see differences of up to 50%, especially when converting video files or rendering HD videos using Premiere.

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