How are people finding the darth vader trash can?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by sparkie7, Sep 11, 2014.

  1. sparkie7 macrumors 68000

    sparkie7

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    Is it noticeably faster than the last gen alu towers? and how are you managing the cables and many devices (drives etc) hanging off it. How are you keeping it tidy or is it just spaghetti central?
     
  2. Zwhaler macrumors 603

    Zwhaler

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    As far as speed goes, raw 64 bit multi core power is lower than the 12 x 2.93 and 3.06 models except the current top 12 x 2.7. GPU power is vastly increased. PCIe SSD's are very quick as well. RAM clock speed improvement is good, but for someone like me who uses Universal Audio PCIe cards it would take over $1000 to get a TB 2 chassis to hold them, which I'd rather not do. Thinking of upgrading my current setup to an 280X and calling it a day.
     
  3. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    I really think the whole "spaghetti central" thing has been virtually dis-proven. Frankly even if you have one of the old cMP (as I do), you end up having a lot of external devices as well. Sure you might be able to cram a few hard drives and a few cards inside, but even I still end up with a ton of external devices hooked to my cMP. If you go with dual video cards and a USB 3.0 card and a PCIE SSD (just to get the cMP up to par with the nMP), you end up maxing out your internal expansion and have to go External at that point. Sadly at that point you are completely reliant on USB 3.0 for all your expansion since you have no more PCIE slots available.

    So the only thing that the nMP can't do is hold 4 hard drives which is only one more enclosure than using today and has the advantage of Thunderbolt 2 for all your expansion needs (as well as USB 3.0).
     

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