Buying a 6,1 can't decide what model

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  1. circuitt macrumors member

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    IMG_4123.PNG Buying a 6,1 refurb, I mainly use it for Audio, and dabble in video.
    I was thinking the d300 at first but after reading some posts, It seems there could be long term issue with the d300.
    Is this true ?
    I'm swapping in an 8 core imminently.
    These are my choices. Figured the d500 would be a safer choice. And 512 min. For flash storage.
     
  2. MrPoopiePants macrumors newbie

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    If you are going to stick with a D300 and add in your own Processor, then buy it at B&H. They are selling the 4-core/D300 model for $1999.
     
  3. circuitt thread starter macrumors member

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    Is there a big difference between the d300 and d500 ? I'm running two 4k monitors but usually run in 1080 during Audio and flip to 4k when dealing with images and stuff
     
  4. MrPoopiePants macrumors newbie

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    I have 3 macpros at my work, but they all have d700s, so I have no idea on the performance of the d300/d500. Unfortunately, they are all old technology and kind of suck when you compare to cards on the market today.
    Since High Sierra will support eGPU natively, I was thinking of doing the same as you (proc/mem upgrade), plus adding an eGPU setup. I just can't find much on the web with people testing eGPU on the 6,1 machines, only laptops.
     
  5. circuitt thread starter macrumors member

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    Ahh I see I didn't think about external GPU options. wondering if eGPU's would work with thunderbolt 2 vs 3.
    either way my main concern was the reliability of the internal GPU's. d500 I figured would have less issues.
    anyways shoot, gotta pull the trigger soon.
     
  6. Flint Ironstag macrumors 6502a

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    When working in FCPX, you'll find nMP with d700s to be quite capable still. 6,1 is a small market but TB3 - TB2 adapter works for eGPU.

    d700s gives you + 7TFLOPS to whatever eGPU you decide to run. That's a decent boost of performance for today.
     
  7. circuitt thread starter macrumors member

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    d700 might be overkill for me, I'm very light on video editing , 100% audio. just looking for stability, no overheating etc..
     
  8. ixxx69 macrumors 65816

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    You keep mention issues with the D300, and the D500 being more reliable, but not sure where you're getting that? Any GPU is prone to failure - I haven't seen anything to suggest the D300 is any less reliable than any other GPU? (and no, generally speaking this forum is not a "source" - it's a joke as far as any kind of objective discussion on the nMP)

    I have the D300 (purchased early 2014) and have been sporting two 4K displays for a couple years now, and it's a great setup. A friend has the exact same setup and also no problems.

    The D300 is not great if you're a gamer, 3D modeling, or anything that's GPU intensive. But I dabble in FCPX, and it works absolutely fine for light video editing.

    Since you've repeatedly indicated that you do audio, the D300 is perfect for that. The nMP makes for a fantastic audio workstation IMO. The CPU will just chug along, super quiet, lots of connectivity.

    Good luck!
     
  9. circuitt thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, just from reading posts and what not about the GPu recall and the d500/700 being covered and not the 300, but I'm sure it's not as big as people claim. Just being a little over cautious maybe.






     
  10. ixxx69 macrumors 65816

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    Right, the D500 & D700 were covered because they were having some issues. The D300 wasn't covered because it wasn't having those issues. ;)
     
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  12. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020

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    I hate to be "that guy" but these are pretty old tech. You're much better off getting a current high spec iMac for the same price.
     
  13. ixxx69 macrumors 65816

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    Very much agree. If you can get over the built-in glossy screen (I can't), the 5K iMac makes for an awesome DAW.
     
  14. circuitt, Sep 23, 2017
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    circuitt thread starter macrumors member

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    yeah I've kicked that around a bit as well, but I can't deal with fan noise at all. Plus the newer i7 isn't faster than a 3.3 8 core that I plan to drop in. The extra instruction set (quick sync) does nothing for me. I'm more concerned with multi core performance. Video rendering is last on my list. I have two identical 4k monitors, having two different ones isn't so nice. I already own an OWC Thunderbay and thunderbolt dock, monitors use mini display ports that's plug in play vs having to get a bunch of USB3 Dongles.
     
  15. ixxx69 macrumors 65816

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    The nMP is getting long in the tooth, but if you view it as just a tool to get work done, for your usage, you should be in great shape for several more years.
     
  16. ctrlzone macrumors regular

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    good machine for audio, maybe wait till the iMac pro ships, nMP prices will drop significantly since a lot of businesses will swap to iMac pro
     

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