Intel Xeon Processor E5-1620 v2 cheap?

ybz90

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It's better than an i7-4770; a more apt Xeon comparison to that on a pure performance basis is the E3-1230 V2/V3. The value on a price/perf level of the Mac Pro was never in the entry level models either. If you're getting a nMP, you're going to want a higher spec processor.
 

dollystereo

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I remember the old days in 2008 when dual-cpu 8core was standard...
Can we put the new E5-v2 cpus in the old 2010-2012 mac pro?
 

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ybz90

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http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+E5-1620+v2+@+3.70GHz&id=2047

My point is that is an entry level CPU (Xeon family), they could at least put a mid level CPU. We have to remember that is a single socket Mac Pro, the 1st one in many years.
If you aren't getting a higher end model, you probably don't need more threads so four cores at those clock speeds are sufficient. As another posted mentioned, your gripe seems not to be the capabilities of this CPU, but simply that the base Mac Pro isn't cheaper. What Apple is charging and what you get is far from unreasonable.

Also, there have always been single socket Mac Pros, so your latter assertion is false. The only difference between those and the dual sockets were the CPU/RAM daughterboard trays.
 

dollystereo

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I think the 2999 model should be 2499, or have the 6-core as standard.

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Yes, but I dont like the fact that the entry model has a CPU so weak. Performance wise is equivalent to a i7 4770. Price-wise is cheaper than a 4770.
I really think the base model is over-priced. I am sure they will upgrade the base model in some months to a better CPU. I think I will skip this revision. My i7 mac mini is holding good.
 

vladi

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Well CPU options in NMP are something left to be desired. None of CPUs offered are high performance versions of Xeons. I'm not even going to comment on quad since that is absolutely a waste of money as there are better performing i7
 

ybz90

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I think the 2999 model should be 2499, or have the 6-core as standard.

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Yes, but I dont like the fact that the entry model has a CPU so weak. Performance wise is equivalent to a i7 4770. Price-wise is cheaper than a 4770.
I really think the base model is over-priced. I am sure they will upgrade the base model in some months to a better CPU. I think I will skip this revision. My i7 mac mini is holding good.
That's my point though -- it's not "weak" per se. As I pointed out earlier, it is superior to a 4770 and bulk OEM pricing is not a valid comparison to marked up consumer prices. And these prices are more or less in line with the industry, it's not just Apple. While you are entitled to you spend your money however you please, the Mac Pro is probably not aimed at you in particular. The people who buy the base nMP are those who don't need that much CPU power but want the dual GPU configuration. Those who need more threads buy a better processor.

Workstations have never been a "good value" on a performance to price analysis because a lot of what you pay for isn't in the computer itself; it's intangibles such as build quality, reliability, customer support, and drivers. You're buying a pro computer. You're going to pay the pro price.

I have to ask though. Why do you want such a powerful CPU? Is it because you don't feel you're getting what you pay for in the base model (because as I said, you're never going to get a good value out of a workstation)? If you're getting by fine with an i7 Mac Mini, you probably don't need this kind of CPU power anyway and the base Pro should be way more powerful than your needs. Additionally, the 6-core isn't actually faster per core, it just has two more. If your tasks aren't threaded to use those extra cores, they're useless to you.
 
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Quash

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I think the 2999 model should be 2499, or have the 6-core as standard.

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Yes, but I dont like the fact that the entry model has a CPU so weak. Performance wise is equivalent to a i7 4770. Price-wise is cheaper than a 4770.
I really think the base model is over-priced. I am sure they will upgrade the base model in some months to a better CPU. I think I will skip this revision. My i7 mac mini is holding good.
You don't buy a quad core mac pro for it's CPU performance though. Even thought it's quite a bit quicker than my mini. The quad core is there for people who only need a fast couple of cores with a lot of GPU performance.
 

spaz8

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Is this the CPU in the entry level 2999 mac pro?
It's a cheap CPU.... it's roughly a i7 4770 =(.
http://ark.intel.com/products/family/78582/Intel-Xeon-Processor-E5-v2-Family?q=e5 v2
REtail price $294
They should make the 6-core model base for 2999.
A lot of people B*tch and moan about wanting an i7 mac headless :) Just @ $1500.

I can agree though, I thought the base config would be a 6 core for the $3K.. and come with 16 gigs of ram. Alas, my MP 1,1 came with 2x512mb sticks.

I was hoping for a 6-8-10-12 proc lineup though.
 

dollystereo

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That's my point though -- it's not "weak" per se. As I pointed out earlier, it is superior to a 4770 and bulk OEM pricing is not a valid comparison to marked up consumer prices. And these prices are more or less in line with the industry, it's not just Apple. While you are entitled to you spend your money however you please, the Mac Pro is probably not aimed at you in particular. The people who buy the base nMP are those who don't need that much CPU power but want the dual GPU configuration. Those who need more threads buy a better processor.

Workstations have never been a "good value" on a performance to price analysis because a lot of what you pay for isn't in the computer itself; it's intangibles such as build quality, reliability, customer support, and drivers. You're buying a pro computer. You're going to pay the pro price.

I have to ask though. Why do you want such a powerful CPU? Is it because you don't feel you're getting what you pay for in the base model (because as I said, you're never going to get a good value out of a workstation)? If you're getting by fine with an i7 Mac Mini, you probably don't need this kind of CPU power anyway and the base Pro should be way more powerful than your needs. Additionally, the 6-core isn't actually faster per core, it just has two more. If your tasks aren't threaded to use those extra cores, they're useless to you.
I have a HP z820. I do math. So CPU is important. (Reading right now some open CL programming to see what can be done).
Anyway, for graphics intensive apps, we will have to see. Final Cut was a heavy CPU-bound software anyway.
I would love to have the option to choose between dual CPU or dual GPU. A 12 core (dual hex) is way cheaper than a 12-core single chip. i would probably get 2 of this machines, but the hex ones. I just complain that that should be the base model.
 

vladi

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Well that's certainly not true.
Yes there are better performing octa and hexa Xeons you can buy right now. I don't know bout 12 because I don't care as that CPU alone is slower than all the others if more than 8 cores are not working.
 

ybz90

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I have a HP z820. I do math. So CPU is important. (Reading right now some open CL programming to see what can be done).
Anyway, for graphics intensive apps, we will have to see. Final Cut was a heavy CPU-bound software anyway.
I would love to have the option to choose between dual CPU or dual GPU. A 12 core (dual hex) is way cheaper than a 12-core single chip. i would probably get 2 of this machines, but the hex ones. I just complain that that should be the base model.
I based my reply on you saying you would keep using your i7 Mac Mini, which implies that's what you'd be replacining with your Mac Pro, not a HP workstation. Also, the hex as base model is unrealistic and doesn't make sense. It's silly to have it be base when there are customers who don't need or want it and those who do can simply upgrade. It's also nonsensical from a microeconomic perspective as far as maximizing profits.

And you are right; 2x6 is more cost effective than 1x12, but if that's really your concern, and you already have a non-Mac workstation that seems to work well, why get a Mac Pro at all? Just get another HP.

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The quad is roughly a 4770, but the other CPUs (hex, 8core and 12core) are better.
They are only better because they have more threads. They do not perform better on a per-core basis. For the 8-core and up, they arguably perform worse due to reduced turbo. If you don't need the threads, they don't benefit you at all. There are people who don't need more than four cores, so why should Apple make the 6-core base?

Would I love it if Apple did? Sure, but that doesn't make any sense and I would never expect them to. I just feel like your complaints are based on your needs and a sense of "value", not the market as a whole. It's like me saying Apple should just include a 1TB SSD because 256GB SSD's are cheap (I'd argue they should do a 512 standard for real but that's a different story).
 
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dollystereo

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I based my reply on you saying you would keep using your i7 Mac Mini, which implies that's what you'd be replacining with your Mac Pro, not a HP workstation. Also, the hex as base model is unrealistic and doesn't make sense. It's silly to have it be base when there are customers who don't need or want it and those who do can simply upgrade. It's also nonsensical from a microeconomic perspective as far as maximizing profits.

And you are right; 2x6 is more cost effective than 1x12, but if that's really your concern, and you already have a non-Mac workstation that seems to work well, why get a Mac Pro at all? Just get another HP.

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They are only better because they have more threads. They do not perform better on a per-core basis. For the 8-core and up, they arguably perform worse due to reduced turbo. If you don't need the threads, they don't benefit you at all. There are people who don't need more than four cores, so why should Apple make the 6-core base?

Would I love it if Apple did? Sure, but that doesn't make any sense and I would never expect them to. I just feel like your complaints are based on your needs and a sense of "value", not the market as a whole. It's like me saying Apple should just include a 1TB SSD because 256GB SSD's are cheap (I'd argue they should do a 512 standard for real but that's a different story).
Good answer. I just find the Base model overpriced. When I got my 2008 mac pro (8 core), It felt right. I would really like to be able to choose between 2 processors or 2 GPUs. For them, it's the same price. (1proc=1GPU). Generally speaking, have another CPU is more useful than having dual GPUs.
 
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