Few questions for old Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by mavericks7913, Sep 3, 2016.

  1. mavericks7913 macrumors 6502

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    1. Where should I search for mid 2012 Mac Pro with 2X 2.66ghz?

    2. Are there any differences between 2010 and 2012 version?

    3. Any thought of using GTX 1060 6gb for Photoshop and video works with two 4k or QHD displays?

    4. How much power does it consume? Do I need to worry about the electricity bill?
     
  2. h9826790 macrumors G4

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    1) Google

    2) They are basically identical

    3) This graphic card is NOT supported in OSX yet.

    4) If you mean the overall power consumption, yes, this old machine use lots power. Even idle can consume >100W. Depends on CPU / GPU config, it can draw >500W under stress. In fact, IMO, this is almost the biggest downside of the cMP. If you account for the electricity cost. A Skylake + Maxwell Hackintosh sure win the cost / performance match in a long run.
     
  3. prvt.donut macrumors 6502a

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    1. eBay is the first place to look, there are companies selling 'refurbished' models but I think they are overpriced. Just look on your local craigslist.
    2. I believe they are the same (2009 is also nearly identical except the CPU is delidded and it has a different firmware that can be updated to the same as the 2010 and 2012 models).
    3. No support in OSX as of yet for any 10 series GPU. If you do get a GPU and want to use 4K, get a card with lots of DisplayPorts. OSX does not work with 60hz 4K out of the HDMI 2.0 ports. A good (the reference cards usually have the most).
    4. Not an issue so far.
     
  4. ITguy2016 Suspended

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    My 3,1 Mac Pro (dual quad core 2.8GHz, 6GB RAM, 8800 GT) consumes 180 watts (measured with a Kill-A-Watt meter) at idle. This translates into .18kWh (measured) per hour. Over a 30 day period this would translate into $15 in power consumption (using the 11.05 cents / kWh average for my area).
     
  5. AidenShaw macrumors P6

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    Rates vary widely - here in California rates of $0.30 to $0.50 per kWh are common for heavier electrical users in the summertime.

    And if you need air-conditioning, you'll need a similar amount of extra power for the A/C to pull the heat out. That could make the real cost about $120/month around here
     
  6. ITguy2016 Suspended

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    I make no comments regarding if the power consumption is reasonable or affordable. I merely provided some data, using my local rates, to permit the OP to make a somewhat informed decision.

    As someone who leaves their 2010 cMP running 24/7 every day of the year cooling the heat generated is a non-issue. It doesn't generate that much heat. When the sun comes around in the afternoon that's when the temperature in my place rises significantly. Not because my cMP is running 24/7.
     
  7. mavericks7913 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Another question will be...

    5. Can old Mac Pro support USB-C and/or Thunderbolt 3 PCIE card?
     
  8. AidenShaw macrumors P6

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