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

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ivancooke, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. ivancooke macrumors newbie

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    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!
     
  2. zarf2007 macrumors regular

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    burn it, burn it all, burn it!
     
  3. avemestr macrumors regular

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    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.
     
  4. slughead macrumors 68040

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  5. beto2k7 macrumors 6502

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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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