could the six core become legend?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by snouter, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. snouter macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2009
    Could the six core become a legendary box?

    It is what it is, a pricey, 3.33GHz 6 core, 5870 stuffed with 16GB ram. Add an SSD at some point aftermarket and that's as nice a machine as they've offered in a while?

    The 3.2 quad is kind of the "value" which is sick to say, since it's actually not that much of a value, but the 3.33 6 core could be a legendary box.

    If you are using one of the dual 6 cores, lol, rock on. That's massive.
  2. sparkie7 macrumors 68010


    Oct 17, 2008
    If it can accept 8GB sticks -- then maybe. 16GB ain't enough. 24GB is 'doable'
  3. MythicFrost macrumors 68040


    Mar 11, 2009
    I'm interested in that model, it comes to 6.1k AU with AppleCare, 5870, 6GB RAM (3x2GB), 1 TB HD, and the 3.33GHz six-core CPU.

    Ideally, I'd like to have 12GB RAM (3x4GB) or 24GB (3x8GB) but these new RAM modules aren't up on OWC yet...
  4. mrhick01 macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2008
    The six-core Mac Pro 2010 is the ultimate Mac enthusiast box. The 12-core (24 thread) Mac Pro is priced for cats who make serious coin and needs that performance to make their money.

    A six-core Westmere at 3.33 Ghz (3.6 TurboBoost) and a Radeon 5870 gives you everything that you need for professional design, photography, audio...and it makes for a better than respectable gaming box in Windows 7 if you're so inclined.

    Look, I own a 2.8 ghz 2008 Mac Pro and I really like and appreciate this box. It has handled everything that I have asked it to and more (with 16 gb RAM, the SATA port extender, a PCI-E USB 2.0 card and my legacy 2600xt driving two 24" monitors in portrait mode)...but I am sure that by any speedmark measure the 6-core Westmere with the same 16 gb of RAM will probably be 30-50 percent faster across the board.

    You can get the six-core 3.33 and the 5870, magic trackpad and magic mouse, 3 year AppleCare and 16 gb RAM from OWC for about $4,500 Academic pricing. That is a LOT of money for most folk, but that money buys you a powerful, ridiculously fast workstation.
  5. eponym macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2010
    That makes me want to puke when I think about the $5K my G4 733 (with 512 MB RAM) digital audio cost brand new (back when the Canadian dollar was worth a good 30 cents less against the USD)
  6. reel2reel macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2009
    This is the should be able to support up to 32GB, shouldn't it? The rumour is, though, that there's a 16GB cap. If that's the case, I'll want to move up to the 8-core. I'm hoping this isn't true, though.

    EDIT: Sorry, Intel's spec is max 24GB for the 6-core:
  7. Vylen macrumors 65816

    Jun 3, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I'm somewhat certain that that's max memory size of each module. The previous quad cores also have this limit - but people have clearly put 32GB's into their Mac Pros. I might be wrong though but well - the previous MP!

    (As a side note, dual QPI processors have a max memory size of 288 GBs :p)

    [EDIT] Scrap that - the 24GB max memory size is across the 3 channels. i.e. 3x8GBs. But since there's 4 DIMM slots, as with the 09 Quads, you should be able to get 32GBs RAM.

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