Good time to buy a MacPro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by houser, May 15, 2008.

  1. houser macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2006
    Hello all,

    I searched this subject extensively and did not find anything useful, which is odd, as I realise this must be one of the most commonly and dullest questions to answer...;-)

    Anyway, I have not bought a new Mac in years and was wondering if the
    Current crop of macPro 8-core top of the line Computers is a good buy _today_?

    New 16-core around the corner? Anything else I should look at?

    Grateful for any hints and rumours that helps in such a decision.

  2. iBlue macrumors Core


    Mar 17, 2005
    London, England
    They were updated fairly recently. (got one of those myself and I love it!)

    The thing about the mac pros is that they're a bit more resilient in these terms because they are fantastic as is and easily upgradable.

    At the moment it seems apple are working on smaller devices a bit more and a hunch tells me it may be a while before the mac pros are updated again. If you need it now, I imagine it's a pretty safe bet.
  3. houser thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2006
    you are very kind to take the time, really appreciate it
    I love straight simple answers, so rare these days.. ,9

    thanx again
  4. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    Search for the many threads here regarding Intel's Nehalem architecture. Will probably roll out in Mac Pros in 1Q 2009. If you aren't in any rush, this will be pretty radical. That said, the current lineup of Mac Pros are just dandy.
  5. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    This may help in the future:

    Ya, the next major upgrade probably won't be until 1st half of 2009.

  6. Virtuoso macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2008
    I waited years to get a Mac Pro, waiting for the spec to reach a level I was happy with to finally make the switch from PCs. The 2008 model ticked all the boxes for me, which were:-

    1. Dual fast 64 bit processors
    2. Up to 32GB of RAM
    3. Space for 4TB of storage in the case
    4. Nvidia graphics at last!
    5. Dual bootable with Windows

    The spec is awesome now and makes a much more attractive proposition than a similarly specced PC. I don't think you would have any regrets getting one and you would get a good few years out of it - it will be a long time before this spec starts to feel slow!

    There will probably be a faster model out some time next year, but it's like buying a new car - sooner or later you have to draw the line and say 'This one is good enough for me right now' :)
  7. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    Actually, the last Mac Pro does all five of those, as well. ;)
  8. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    It's not a good time until next year because there will be a new socket.
  9. andy.barron macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2006
    Bedford, England
    Is it ever a good time? There is always something better round the corner & lets face it is anybody really unhappy with what they are using now?

    I would say if you feel tempted go for it, cos if you wait till 'the next best thing' you will wait again till it is upgraded!
  10. Virtuoso macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2008
    From memory the 2007 model at the time had up to 16GB of 667MHz RAM (now 32GB of 800MHz RAM), the non-Quadra Nvidia option was a 256MB 7300 which is right at the bottom of their range - the current 512MB 8800GT is a much faster card, and only 750GB drives were offered giving a maximum of 3TB (now 4TB). There was quite a price premium for the 8 core model too - now all models are 8 core (unless you CTO a single processor). Also Bootcamp was still an early beta. That makes four significant improvements over the 2007 spec.
  11. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Those restrictions were not hardware based. They were based on the fact that there weren't 4GB RAM sticks, 1TB HDDs, or a finished Boot Camp yet.
  12. mperkins37 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 17, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    As an owner of a early 2008 MacPro 3.2, all I can say is go for it, you won't be disappointed.
  13. Awesome Guy macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2008
    16 core? God, man. Even if that was just around the corner, would you need it? You might need it if you do the following things all at once:
    -Run Photoshop
    -Run Final Cut Studio (every app in the package)
    -Run Vista in VMware
    -Run Vista in Parallels
    -Run Crysis in both VMware and Parallels with full graphics
    -Run an application intended to solve the P=NP problem
    -Run an application intended to solve CP Violation
    -Run Photoshop CS2 through Rosetta

    Otherwise, I believe you'd be ready to go even with 4 cores.
  14. Virtuoso macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2008
    The thread is about whether it's a good time to buy. :rolleyes: For me, 2007 wasn't a good time to buy for the above reasons. That's all.
  15. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    I'm going to have to stop you there. Everything else is completely believable except for that. NOTHING that is worth anything can run Crysis yet. :p
  16. D4F Guest


    Sep 18, 2007
    Planet Earth
    16 cores will be overkill for years.
    Even top spec apps not always offer support for 4 let alone 8. To find a app that will use all 16 cores will take several years. Hell even now it's not easy to get one operating full 8 cores.
    Just look at the memory. So what you can have 32GB. Apps use max 4GB and it will take a little while till you see usable 8GB in apps.

    Quad core is a superb machine, 8 is a monster with ********s of unused power and 16 is like Star Wars.

    Technology is just one part of computer systems. If software doesn't follow up (and as for now it does but veeeeeeery slowly) then is all just a waste of $$.

    That's how I see it and that's why I bought quad core. In a year/two I will dump two 3.2 into it and MAYBE I will have some use of that apart from Cinema 4D (I work with it a lot) that as of now uses all 8 cores.
  17. Bubba Satori Suspended

    Bubba Satori

    Feb 15, 2008
    Go ahead and buy now. Great computers. Don't buy your memory from Apple. Good luck.
  18. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    Nothing new on the CPU or systemboard side will be coming until Intel releases the workstation Nehalem-class CPUs in Q4, though they will likely not roll out in the Pro until Mac World 2009 or thereabouts.

    Future video card and HDD upgrades will work with the current model, so no worries there.

    I'm waiting for Nehalem, but only because I don't need a Mac Pro - I just want one. :)

    If I needed one, I'd buy it today with no hesitation or regret.
  19. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    Great analogy D4F! :D

    The current Mac Pros are great machines (I love mine!) and will last you for years to come. New Mac Pros are not due for about another year, so now is a good time to buy. :)
  20. JeffDM macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2006
    But still, a couple bits of information you gave was wrong, and it should be properly noted so someone doesn't read the thread and assume that's correct.
  21. JeffDM macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2006
    I think we all know that, I think it's silly to say that. There are varying degrees of "good time to buy" based on how soon the next update comes and how urgent your needs are. The best time to buy is right after an update.

    If you understand what's behind what Apple updates and when, then you can usually get a rough idea of whether an update is imminent. The more imminent the update, the better it is to hold off. But really, I think now is a fine time to buy a Mac Pro if you need one, unless you're willing to wait as much as 9 months, which is quite a long time. But really, if you're within a month of MacWorld or WWDC, then it's often worth the wait because usually a few products are updated at each event like that.
  22. faumble macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2008
    another thing took keep in mind is that although Nehalem is expected to be great we still dont know how it will perform, cost, compare to Harpertown and being a completely new arquitecture the next macpro will be the guinea pig so like anything new and unknow...
    (harpertown is built on the same architecture as 2006 chips only a "perfected" or "embellished" version)
  23. GoKyu macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2007
    New Orleans
    I got the early 2008 Mac Pro 2.8 octo, and it's just a rip-roaring monster :)

    It's honestly way more power than I actually need, but it's my first Mac, and aside from wanting the upgradeable drive bays, I wanted to celebrate getting away from windows, finally ;)

    This system will easily last me the next 4+ years, and when it's time to sell, should still have very good resale :)

  24. synchro505 macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2008
    Good time to buy?

    After you've received your share of the loot after the "job"!:D

    Seriously, when doing the deed, be sure to get all the bells and whistles you think you might need and the very fastest processor. You will probably have this computer for some time so getting the fastest processor(s) you can afford when buying will help you get the most out of it.
  25. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    Just a correction here: there are apps that can address more than 4GB of RAM. I'm using Matlab in Vista and it will use however much isabailable when doing large calculations. I've got 8GB right now and routinely need to use the pagefile so I'd like to upgrade to more. More cores the better too, obviously.

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