How can I get the best performance out of my Mac Pro?

ivancooke

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 9, 2012
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Toronto
I am currently running an 8 core Mac Pro from early 2008
I am looking for the best possible way to set up my computer.

Here is what is inside the box:


18gb RAM

ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card (all 3 display ports are being used)

1.5 Terabyte 7200 RPM Seagate Drive
1 Terabyte 7200 RPM Western Digital Drive
2X 320 GB 7200 RPM Western Digital Drive

I am currently running Lion Server


I use the computer mainly for video editing and compositing with some 3D rendering. I am very happy with it but I feel like it could be much snappier and with the hardware installed that it should be performing much better than it is. I am going to back it up and re-install my OS but I was wondering if I should go back to Snow Leapord Server, as it was the operating system that came with my machine. I am thinking about setting up my two 320 GB drives as a striped RAID 0 and running my OS and heavier applications off of this. Would there be a noticable performance increase by doing this?
Is there anything else I should be doing to make it faster?

I am toying with the idea of buying a small Solid State drive to run my operating system off of but I would like to avoid spending any more money at this point.

Thanks for your help!
 

zarf2007

macrumors regular
Aug 27, 2010
222
17
London, UK
I am currently running an 8 core Mac Pro from early 2008
I am looking for the best possible way to set up my computer.

Here is what is inside the box:


18gb RAM

ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card (all 3 display ports are being used)

1.5 Terabyte 7200 RPM Seagate Drive
1 Terabyte 7200 RPM Western Digital Drive
2X 320 GB 7200 RPM Western Digital Drive

I am currently running Lion Server


I use the computer mainly for video editing and compositing with some 3D rendering. I am very happy with it but I feel like it could be much snappier and with the hardware installed that it should be performing much better than it is. I am going to back it up and re-install my OS but I was wondering if I should go back to Snow Leapord Server, as it was the operating system that came with my machine. I am thinking about setting up my two 320 GB drives as a striped RAID 0 and running my OS and heavier applications off of this. Would there be a noticable performance increase by doing this?
Is there anything else I should be doing to make it faster?

I am toying with the idea of buying a small Solid State drive to run my operating system off of but I would like to avoid spending any more money at this point.

Thanks for your help!

burn it, burn it all, burn it!
 
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avemestr

macrumors regular
Aug 14, 2012
177
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I am toying with the idea of buying a small Solid State drive to run my operating system off of but I would like to avoid spending any more money at this point.
Don't buy a small SSD then, buy a big one, that you can take with you to your next machine.

For snappiness, an SSD is the best purchase available.
 
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beto2k7

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Jan 6, 2010
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SSD, More Ram, and Raid

My 2009 Mac Pro is running in the following configuration:

Boot Raid0 Drive
2 x 128GB OCZ Vertex 4 Installed on PCI-E slot using 1 apricorn velocity solo X2 for each one.

Home Folder Drive
3 x 2TB Western Digital Caviar Greens

RAM
24 GB 1333MHz Ram (planning on upping this to 96GB soon)

Since Raid is not and should not be used as a backup solution, all contents from the Home Folder drive go to a Drobo FS with 4x 2TB Western Digital Caviar Blacks in Raid 1+0. Boot Drive Raid backup is handled by an old Time Capsule.

Pretty much the best performance I could get out of my machine.
 
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