2008/2009 Mac Pro Info

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

  1. Beaverman3001 macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2010
    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

    Feb 27, 2013
    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


    Jul 26, 2004
    Penn's Woods
    +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

    May 20, 2010
    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

    Jun 1, 2013
    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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