2008/2009 Mac Pro Info

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Beaverman3001, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. Beaverman3001 macrumors 6502

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    I am looking at maybe buying a used 2008 or 2009 model Mac Pro to pimp out. A few quick questions if anyone can give insight. Will either of these models support the 7950 GPU? I looked up geekbench scores and they are still relevant enough benchmark wise for my needs but are there any big concerns I should have about them? If I were to get one I would want to throw a 7950 into it and multiple SSDs, so if there is a obvious problem with this I'd appreciate any insight.
     
  2. GP-SE macrumors 6502

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    get a 2009 (4,1)
    ram is cheaper, technology is newer, CPU upgrades are a breeze (if single CPU)

    both will work with a 7950
     
  3. mobi macrumors 6502

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    +1 on at least a Mac Pro 4,1 nothing older or you will be sorry in a year.
     
  4. Beaverman3001 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the info, I ended up just specing out a high end 27in iMac and not worrying about it, but I have some friends who will be happy to hear the 4,1 or higher.
     
  5. spunkgarLEWII macrumors regular

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    Get the 4,1 and when you are ready to make the 6-core jump, just flash the 4,1 to 5,1 firmware and get the w3680 or w3690 and you will have 6-core capability. Also, at the point get 1333 MHZ memory.
     

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