Advice needed on the Purchase of a used 8 Core

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by CajunBob, May 22, 2011.

  1. CajunBob macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2011
    Hi, Newbie here.

    Still trying to buy a used 8 core and want to make sure I get the newest, best model for speed and compatibility.

    I need a 64 bit machine (All Mac Pro CPU's are 64-bit, but models 1.1 and 2.1 (2006, 2007) are 32 bit EFI, and can only run 32-bit OSX kernel)

    So, with the above info from another thread, how can I tell which model is which. Seldom do I ever see 1.1 or 2.1 on an ebay listing.

    Also, I do see 5400 series and other series listings but have no idea which is what and what is better.

    Are there places better than ebay to buy a good machine?

    Any help, suggestions, guidance is appreciated to get the best possible Mac for use in Pro Tools, Midi with samples and FCP.

  2. philipma1957, May 22, 2011
    Last edited: May 22, 2011

    philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    well what is your price range. more info in a moment.

    this link is the mac pro refurbished link from apple online.

    this is the only apple online store refurb on sale today:

    this link is wiki

    2009 types:

    One 2.66 GHz (W3520) Quad-Core Intel Xeon "Bloomfield" or two 2.26 GHz (E5520) Quad-core Intel Xeon "Gainstown" with 8 MB of L3 cache
    Optional 2.93 GHz (W3540) or 3.33 GHz (W3580) Intel Xeon Quad-core Intel Xeon "Bloomfield" processors or two 2.66 GHz (X5550) or 2.93 GHz (X5570) Quad-core Intel Xeon "Gainstown" processors

    2010 types:

    One 2.8 GHz Quad-Core "Bloomfield" Intel Xeon (W3530) processor with 8 MB of L3 cache or two 2.4 GHz Quad-Core "Gulftown" Intel Xeon (E5620) processors with 12 MB of L3 cache or two 2.66 GHz 6-core "Gulftown" Intel Xeon (X5650) processors with 12 MB of L3 cache
    Optional 3.2 GHz Quad-Core "Bloomfield" (W3565) or 3.33 GHz 6-core "Gulftown" (W3680) Intel Xeon processors or two 2.93 GHz 6-core (X5670) Intel Xeon "Gulftown" processors

    here is a link for a 2009 dual quad cpu 2.26 mb535

    one last link
  3. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010

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