24 Hours with my New Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Monty Pavement, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. Monty Pavement macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2006
    Just thought I'd drop a note to say how much I'm loving my new Mac Pro.

    I was upgrading from a dual 2.7 Powermac G5 with 4 Gb memory and an X800 video card.

    My new Mac Pro is the standard 2.8 Octo, with 2Gb ram - CTO 8800 and 750Gb HD.

    I'm going to add another couple of 750Gb drives (I do a lot of video editing) and another 8Gb of memory.

    Converting a 720p HD 50 minute TV show using Visualhub used to take c. 270 minutes on my Powermac - on my Mac Pro it takes 31 minutes!!!

    Converting an SD 50 minute TV show used to take about 90 minutes on my PM, but now takes less than 10 minutes!

    Needless to say I'm in seventh heaven.

    On top of this, it's so quiet, that even when it's grinding away doing a conversion, it's so quiet I'm not sure it's switched on, even when I'm sat next to it!

    I debated whether to upgrade as my PM was doing a grand job, but boy am I glad I did upgrade.

    Can't wait to see what it's like with another 8 Gb of RAM in it ...
  2. JML42691 macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2007
    Congrats on the new computer, it looks like you are planning on upgrading to more RAM in the future, I believe that the RAM from your PowerMac is compatible with the MacPro, have you considered taking the RAM from your old Power Mac and adding it to your MacPro?
  3. Monty Pavement thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2006
    Cheers for the note JML.

    I'm leaving the RAM in the PM as I've agreed to sell it on at the present spec - and frankly as someone whose first computer was a ZX81 with a 16K (yup, K) RAM pack add on, the fact that I'll have a home computer with 10 Gb of memory freaks me out just a little bit!!
  4. GotPro macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2007
    OMG! It is absolutely NOT compatible... DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS!!!!!!! :eek:
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  6. iMpathetic macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
  7. m1stake macrumors 68000

    Jan 17, 2008
    The G5 uses a lower speed. No 800Mhz FB DIMMS there. ;)
  8. GotPro macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2007
    NO NO NO NO....

    The PowerMac G5's, even the QUAD CORE... use a STANDARD PC-4200 DIMM.

    It is NOT 800Mhz... and MOST IMPORTANTLY... it is NOT an FB-DIMM.

    A COMPLETELY Different animal altogether, and will most DEFINITELY NOT WORK!!!!
  9. wesk702 macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2007
    The hood
    Dude man, I feel you.
    I just went from a dual core 2.0 g5 to a 8 core 2.8 and all i can say is $#%!:eek:
  10. Cromas macrumors member


    Feb 21, 2008
    wow I expect my mac pro in 1 week :)
  11. spicyapple macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    Same here... :)

    OMG, I love, love, love my new 8-core 2.8Ghz Mac Pro. I'm one of those peeps who will wait years before upgrading to the latest... in my case, an old PowerMac G5 Dual 1.8GHz. Not pokey by any means, but ever since I got an Apple TV, encoding HDV home movies became somewhat of a pain. This new Mac Pro is so darn fast and quiet, I really love it!

    Still waiting on my 4GB of extra RAM I purchased from Datamem.com, but I did chance to run some benchmarks against my old Mac before I sold it.

    Here are the results:

    HDV rendering in FCP:
    PowerMac:4m 36s --> Mac Pro:38s

    Running SmoothCam filter:
    PowerMac:37m 12s --> Mac Pro:2m 20s OMG!!

    Visualhub conversion (iPod touch preset):
    PowerMac:52m --> Mac Pro:7m 56s

    Yeah, you can say I'm pretty happy. If you're thinking of buying a Mac Pro, definitely get one right now. This one should last me another four years. :)
  12. OneArmedScissor macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2008
    i just got my new mac pro today, and ive never been so impressed with a computer so far. I just switched from a dell and never going back again.
  13. c:\windows macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2008
    Houston, Texas
    --Danger Danger--
    What ever you do don't try to add the 16k from you ZX81 to the Mac Pro. I don't think it will work. The memory speed is different and I think there is a slight speed difference in the front side bus.

    Long live the ZX81:) I also had one.
  14. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    A spicyapple sighting. Very nice. Welcome back. :)
  15. Cryptic1911 macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2008
    I've had my Mac Pro for a week now, and its the best computer I've ever used

  16. krye macrumors 68000


    Aug 21, 2007

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