could the six core become legend?

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

  1. snouter macrumors 6502a

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    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 68000

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    This is the thing...it 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:http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=47917&processor=W3680&spec-codes=SLBV2
     
  7. Vylen macrumors 65816

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    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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