Current Mac Pro price drop?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by BJonson, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. BJonson macrumors 6502a

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    When do you all think the current mac pro will drop in price? I want to pick up the 12 core 2.4ghz but don't feel right about paying $3700. I know it dropped in March to $2500 for a few days but think that will come back?
     
  2. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    Who knows one way to get a good price reduction is buying a refurbished machine you still get the same warranty and support as having bought new.
     
  3. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020

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    I'm looking for a deal on the current model as well.
     
  4. Tesselator macrumors 601

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    Isn't it usually about a month before they begin taking orders on the new machine?

    So if that happens for the Christmas ordering of early December then I guess early November will begin the firesale - assuming and depending on if there's significant stock levels.
     
  5. ValSalva macrumors 68040

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    Usually the price stays the same until it disappears from Apple stores when the new model arrives. This might be a different case (no pun intended) because it's the Mac Pro and it's such a drastic change but I don't think there will be any official price drop from Apple on the now 'old' Mac Pro.
     
  6. deconstruct60 macrumors 604

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    The $2500 price drop ( earlier this year from the best buy , amazon , etc.) wasn't an direct Apple motivated price drop. It was probably related to vendors being pushed by Apple to flush their current inventories so had room on the books for the new inventory that Apple was pushing them to accept to maintain status as top tier Mac vendor.

    At this point though with the Osborne Effect ratcheted up to an even higher level with this sneak peak, there is little to no incentive for any of these retailers to order anything other than absolutely minimal quantities of inventories of the Mac Pro.

    There is no reason to have a fire sale on stock you don't really have much of a product. Fire sales occur when order too much. What is grossly lacking was any reason for those retailers to reload their Mac Pro inventory back up to the same levels as before their fire sales earlier this year. I"m sure Apple highly pushed them to take some (but not too much because they don't want a glut to be stuck in the channel either. Apple has zero need to pump the Mac Pro channel for some marginal change in quarterly/yearly numbers. ) , but I bet they also manage to make that the smallest possible number.

    Regardless of new design shift the writing has been on the wall for the current models end of the road for a long time now.
     
  7. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    MacUser2525 is completely right. The MacPros have been reduced, you just need to go to the refurbished store. And you have to be patient and determined. Check the store a couple times a day, with a clear idea of the general specs you want. When you see what you want, pounce.... others are also hunting for the good deals. I got the machine I wanted last year. Whenever it appeared, it was listed for a day or less. When I was ready for my new system I simply waited and watched. And bought it the moment I saw one that fit my needs. Prices, imho, have come down slightly since then as well.

    Good Luck.
     
  8. hfg macrumors 68040

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    That price drop of 33% was only on 1 model (12 core 2.4GHz), only lasted about 1 day, and to my knowledge was only available at Best Buy and matched on Amazon shortly after the BB price was web published. The unusually large discount was never officially explained, but discussions here speculated either a pricing mistake which was somewhat quickly caught, or simply Best Buy adjusting their inventory.

    It was a great time to pick up one of the last models at a really good price. I was able to upgrade mine to dual 3.33GHz CPUs (12 core total) using the discounted price savings, and that plus a video upgrade, USB-3 PCIe, and 1TB SSD RAID-0 on SATA-III PCIe should keep me going for awhile (upgraded from a 2008 3,1 Mac Pro).
     
  9. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020

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    Is there any difference between 2010 Westmere MacPros and the 2012 ones? The only 12 core models they have in the refurb store are from 2010.
     
  10. Macsonic macrumors 65816

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    As far as I know both the 2010 and 2012 Mac Pros are similar or have the same architecture. The 2012 Mac Pro only uses a new batch of Westmere processors compared to the Mid 2010.
     
  11. Tutor macrumors 65816

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    And Intel had introduced those "new" Westmeres more than a year earlier, i.e., on February 13, 2011 [ http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Xeon/Intel-Xeon X5675 - AT80614006696AA (BX80614X5675).html ] which was just 11 months after the Westmeres used in the 2010 Mac Pro were introduced [ http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Xeon/Intel-Xeon X5670 - AT80614005130AA (BX80614X5670).html ] , with the 2012 Mac Pro having 5% speed bump over the top of the line 2010 Mac Pro.
     
  12. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for posting this. Do you know if it is the 2010 cpus that you need to upgrade a 2009 dual core machine after you have flashed it? I almost said screw Apple and went back to hackintosh after the trash can announcement but found 2009 dual for damn good price with the view to upgrading it like I have my 2010 5,1 single 2.8 in six month to year from now to future proof my computing needs.
     
  13. Tutor macrumors 65816

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    You can use virtually all of the 2010 and 2011 Westmeres [ http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Xeon/TYPE-Xeon 5600.html ]. Almost all who do the EFI hack and CPU upgrade use either the X5680s (3.33 GHz) and the X5690s (3.46 GHz), and most of those upgrades are the X5680s. See post #1 in my thread here: [ http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1333421 ]. I get many of my CPUs from Eoptionsonline: http://www.eoptionsonline.com/CSear...=AND&DisplayMode=List&SearchPartNumbersOnly=0 - good service and good price. The X5680 prices have dropped significantly since their introduction, while the X5690s have only dropped in price minimally, meaning that the X5680s offer the best price/performance value. But don't hold off for too long because these chips may not then be available.
     
  14. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for the information, I'm a little too cheap for them I thinking more on the lines of the x5650 which I have seen going for around $500-600 a chip rather than the $900-1000 them 80s go for.
     
  15. deconstruct60 macrumors 604

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    If don't know Intel is going to stop supplying retailers in the December. I suppose bulk ones will still "fall off the back of truck" a bit longer but "New" is in a transient state now.
     
  16. clamnectar macrumors regular

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    Will Apple do a bigger discount on refurbished 5,1s than they're currently offering, now that the new model is actually available to buy? As of now, refurb discounts are same as they ever were.
     

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