faster? Older?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by sbb155, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. sbb155 macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2005
    If I buy a dual 2 or 2,66 ghz mac pro (dual core), and get a fast ssd for apps and boot, will it be faster than a quad core 3299$ machine with hdd?
    I could buy the old one for 1200-1500 + 300 for intel ssd.... lots cheaper than a dual quad core nehalem....
    xbench? geekbench?
  2. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    Depends what you're using it for..

    The Nehalem based Xeon's are much much quicker..
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    For... multithreaded apps, and there aren't a lot of those. A Harpertown eight-core 2.8 will be faster than a Gainestown eight-core 2.26 in a single-threaded app.
  4. BlueLightStudio macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2009
    This is in no way a Professional Opinion, but my suggestion would be to buy within your means. If you need something now and you only have 12 - 15 hundred to spend on it, yeah it most likely won't be AS Fast as the $3300 Newest Best out there, but taking only 10 minutes to render something in FCP instead of 15 minutes might not be worth the extra $1000 for you.

    I'm moving up to a 2.0 quad first gen mac pro from a 1.67 g4 power book. Well, that's my 2 cents, I'm sure people might find flaws in that logic.
  5. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008

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