2.66 Quad (2006) vs. 2.4 Octo 2010

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  1. Paradiseapple macrumors member

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    Hello, folks, I hope not to bother you with my question: My 2.66 Quad from 2006 with 9Gb RAM is getting into trouble when I use my single task plug-ins in logic 9 (like EastWest Piano). Maybe it´s the Ram (as I only can use logic with 32bit) - but I´m afraid it might be the CPU. If I choose the 2010 2.4 Octo now, I´m afraid that my performance stays the same when it boosts (only) up to 2.66 GHz. Should I better get the Hexacore or is the architecture of the new Octo good enough to make me happy?
     
  2. eponym macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure if the new Octo is right for anybody, but it should be leaps and bounds better than your current rig. There's lots of things to consider besides clock speed.

    - 64 bit memory capabilities
    - Much faster RAM
    - QuickPath instead of the old front side bus
    - Hyper Threading
    - Westmere's 12MB L3 cache
    - Newer instruction sets
    - Better GPU (it's not just about graphics/gaming)


    Also you should note: Apple just lowered their prices on 2009 8-core refurbs.
     
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    For 150$ more than the new octo is, you can get 2.93GHz 2009 octo. The biggest, if not the only difference is the stock GPU but you can buy the 5770 or 5870 if needed
     
  4. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    that refurb will have a 1 year warranty and be able to add apple care .

    Also I have had mac mini refurbs in and out of my business at the rate of 45 or so a year. sometimes they have more then specs say. extra ram or better hdds. it is rare but out of 45 last year it happened 3 times. I have not used MP's yet but i have heard from a source it can happen.
     
  5. Fiete5401 macrumors regular

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    Problem is... there are no refurbished 8-core MPs here in Germany. So this is not an option for OP.
     
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    There are, 3599€ for 2.66GHz 8-core. It currently unavailable though

    http://www.refurb.me/index.php
     
  7. Fiete5401 macrumors regular

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    The widget of that site is always running here. ;)
    But you are right on RARE occasions a refurbished 8-core can be found. Finding a specific model will be non the less be hard.
     
  8. Paradiseapple thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your friendly replies. It´s true: you hardly get refurbished 8cores in germany.
    Anyway: I just want to be shure (like so many people) that my next mac lasts 3 to 4 years, like the one I have now.
     
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    If I was you, I would get 3.33GHz 6-core. The only downside is only 4 RAM slots but that should be sufficient (?)
     
  10. tomscott1988 macrumors regular

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    Haha i told you and you didnt agree, there was a 2.93 8 core standard £4000k down to £2600 in the UK refurb store. by far the best option out of all the new mac pros is to buy this 2009 model at that price.
     
  11. Hellhammer Moderator

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    That sounded too crazy hey! Seriously, 1350$ drop in price is insane! The price dropped by 27%, it just doesn't sound something that Apple would do :D But yeah, it's a good thing, I and nobody should complain.
     
  12. Paradiseapple thread starter macrumors member

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    That´s the question - my german trader warns me that there is no security about the ability of the Hexacore to swallow the 24Gb and maybe I will need them for some sample-libraries soon. And he warns me about the price and availability for the 8Gb RAM-sticks. But to go for the 12core 2.66 because of that seems to be quite crazy. For the 1.500 Euro I pay more I could get half of a new computer in two years...
    What would you do, if you had 5.000 bucks for a new Mac?
     

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