Interested in 3,1 - 5,1 Mac Pro - do they shine still?

iOrbit

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Mar 8, 2012
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Hey,

i'm currently looking to invest into a mac that will perform well at all sorts of CPU intensive tasks that i can throw at it - namely photoshop editing, video editing, and especially video encoding 1080p Raw footage from my DSLR with handbrake.

what i'm unsure about, is how well the older Mac Pro's stack up against 2011 - 2014 Mac Mini's and iMacs?

i'm reading that the Mac Mini's and iMac's are catching up inperformance or even out performing them -

but i'm interested in a machine that will perform like a truck and run cooler and quieter and more effectively under load.

i'm positive the 2008 - 2010 mac pro's are better in this way than the imac's and mac minis, but i am curious to know - are mac mini's and iMac's i7/i5 processors faster?

what kind of differences an i expect in performance?

i want to buy a used 2009/2010 MacPro.
 

monokakata

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I'm rarely the guy who says "use the search function," but today I am.

There are many threads on this site that explore answers to your questions.
 

Korican100

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i have a 2008, and I am looking to purchase a used 2009, or 2010 due to the 2008 Front BUS is the bottleneck for my system.

I recall guides on this forum that you can turn 2009 and 2010's into beastly machines. But I can't find them. Can someone post or link those?
 

DPUser

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http://pindelski.org/Photography/2013/06/26/mac-pro-2009-part-i/
EDIT: Just took a look at this site. Mr. Pindelski as removed the instructions on CPU upgrade, but they are available at other sites. "Search" is your friend.

I will note the single-CPU 4,1 to 5,1 upgrade is ridiculously simple and virtually risk-free. The dual-CPU upgrade is more challenging due to the fact Apple used lidless (no IHS) CPUs in dual-CPU 4,1's.
 
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iOrbit

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I'm rarely the guy who says "use the search function," but today I am.

There are many threads on this site that explore answers to your questions.
I have searched already and found similar threads but I'm still unsure what to conclude so I just went ahead and made a topic.
 

h9826790

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flowrider

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http://pindelski.org/Photography/2013/06/26/mac-pro-2009-part-i/
EDIT: Just took a look at this site. Mr. Pindelski as removed the instructions on CPU upgrade, but they are available at other sites. "Search" is your friend.

I will note the single-CPU 4,1 to 5,1 upgrade is ridiculously simple and virtually risk-free. The dual-CPU upgrade is more challenging due to the fact Apple used lidless (no IHS) CPUs in dual-CPU 4,1's.
He deleted it because some of the folks who tried his method didn't follow instructions and screwed their machines up. So they got angry with him and thought he was liable for their misfortune. How unfortunate - His was the best method, IMHO, for upgrading the processors on the lidless CPUs used in the DP 4,1. His original thread is here:

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/1609476/

Lou
 

Prince134

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Aug 17, 2010
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Hey,

i'm currently looking to invest into a mac that will perform well at all sorts of CPU intensive tasks that i can throw at it - namely photoshop editing, video editing, and especially video encoding 1080p Raw footage from my DSLR with handbrake.

what i'm unsure about, is how well the older Mac Pro's stack up against 2011 - 2014 Mac Mini's and iMacs?

i'm reading that the Mac Mini's and iMac's are catching up inperformance or even out performing them -

but i'm interested in a machine that will perform like a truck and run cooler and quieter and more effectively under load.

i'm positive the 2008 - 2010 mac pro's are better in this way than the imac's and mac minis, but i am curious to know - are mac mini's and iMac's i7/i5 processors faster?

what kind of differences an i expect in performance?

i want to buy a used 2009/2010 MacPro.

AFAIK this is the best timing to purchase Mac Pro 5.1 and upgrade GPUs.
Check how to make it shine..

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/1732849/

To be honest, the path to make it shine is by upgrading GPUs, especially dual HD 7970s as the thread tells.
 
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