Buying Mac Pro - RAM or GPU - GHz or Cores

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  1. cdpage, Apr 25, 2014
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    cdpage macrumors member

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    Buying a New Mac Pro

    what option would you do?

    1. 3.5GHz 6-core
    _a. 16GB RAM w/ AMD D500
    _b. 32GB RAM w/ AMD D300

    = $4099

    2. 3.7GHz Quad-core with 32GB + AMD D500

    = $3999


    Primary - Photoshop, Illustrator (going to be creative cloud)
    Secondary - InDesign, iMovie


    i'm looking for any feedback

    Is there a site that does benchmarks for things like this?

    I can only ever find benchmarks for 1 model versus last year or to that effect, never a side by side comparison of current models.
     
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  3. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    How long do you think you will hold onto it? Comfortable with upgrades in the future?

    I prioritized GPU over CPU cores over RAM. GPU seems unlikely to be upgradeable, CPU is possible but hard, RAM is simple. And lots of gpu and cpu cores work well for me.

    But single threaded CPU seems most important for your uses. How much RAM do you use now? I'm leaning to A or C.
     
  4. 0x2102, Apr 25, 2014
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    0x2102 macrumors member

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    Get the 6c, 32GB RAM, D300, 512GB SSD (optional 1TB SSD).

    I have yet to see a benchmark where the D500 shows any speed gain. The D700 can be up to 20-25% faster in some GPU optimized applications and in gaming than the D300. None of your apps will really benefit from a D700 and even then 20% is right there were you need to get the stop watch out to see a difference. Again, not with your applications.
     
  5. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    My biggest concern will be the expandability.

    Since the GPU is not upgradable at this moment. I will choose GPU over RAM. If required, I can get more RAM later on.

    For CPU, prefer Hex core to make a good balance between core and clock speed.
     
  6. cdpage thread starter macrumors member

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    Currently running

    I currently have a

    3.2 Quad-core Xeon
    8GB RAM (1066 DDR3)


    I run out of RAM constantly.
    Faster would be nice, but consistently faster would be nicer.

    Funny how mixed the response is.


    I'll need to look into GPUs helping out with PS. I know that they used to help with redrawing and anti alias work, but i think thats tapped out now. but i could be wrong.

    Knowing that my work is buying this, I doubt i'll be getting the option to add more RAM later on. Though I could save some money by buying RAM elsewhere. problem is I can't order it with a 8GB chips pre installed so i'd have to dump the chips it comes with.

    Questions about Balance.
    if the RAM is 1866Hz, that's half the 3.7GHz. isn't that a better balance?

    I'm leaning toward Otp. 2 at this point. and if that's too much for hem i can take off the added GPU. Maybe get the 512 SSD drive? that's $3899
     
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  8. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    RAM and the cpu have been decoupled with QPI replacing FSB, no need to worry about that.

    I think you'll be very happy with C/Opt. 2. RAM seems to be your biggest bottleneck. PS and iMovie are the only apps that currently make use of the GPU and the CPU should be wonderful for the rest.
     

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