Is the 2009/2010 Mac Pro the best Mac Apple have ever made?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by JazzyGB1, Jul 27, 2015.

  1. JazzyGB1 macrumors regular

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    I know it sounds like a loaded question, but I honestly believe it is.
    I type this from my 2009 Mac Pro which was recently firmware flashed to 5.1 firmware and then upgraded from an 8 core 2.26 to a 12 core 2.9Ghz behemoth - so it's pretty much equivalent to a 2012 model spec wise.
    I use it primarily for writing music using Logic, but also for Photoshop and occasional video editing and it's never been anything other than totally dependable for me - so much so that I don't even think about it, I just use it - perfect! :)
    Now this would be impressive regardless, but when you consider it's a 6 year old machine now, I think it shows just how good these towers were to begin with and how great their design was. I've loaded it with 4 internal hard drives plus an SSD via a PCIe card, a blu ray writer and CD/DVD writer too and 24GB RAM and this 6 year old machine hasn't even broken a sweat really.
    For that reason these have to be the best Macs that Apple have made to date IMO, capable of running every OS from 10.6 to 10.10 and with the flexibility to grow with you (like mine has) and they still don't struggle to run any modern software either - not bad for an 'old' Mac! :)
    The way things are at the moment I wouldn't be surprised if it lasted another 6 years too.
    A real shame they killed it off.
     
  2. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    I guess you'd have to define what makes something the best. But in terms of upgradeability, I'd say yes. And by extension, longevity as well.
     
  3. TheHerdForever macrumors member

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    Yes, hands down!
     
  4. Powermange macrumors member

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  5. flehman macrumors regular

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    2000 PowerBook with Firewire (aka "Pismo"). I was never more in love with Macs than when I owned that machine.
     
  6. m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020

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    Chapeau for the cMP! My 3.1 which I bought in 2008 still hums like a new one, my cMP 5.1 (2012) 12C @2,66 is my new 'work'horse and I just love the way it can be customised to my needs/likings!

    That's why I skipped the nMP and bought it "open box", so brand new and enlisted it for AppleCare!

    Safe and sound for the first upcoming 3 years, but just like the 3.1, it will last a very long time!

    Apple is my best computer hard- and software experience EVER!, since I started with a Philips Computer PC, a very long time ago, using a 2400 baud external modem!

    I'm 52 btw! ;-)

    Cheers
     
  7. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040

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    Yes in terms of the power and expansion reasons. But the 15" MacBook Pro Retina is their most best balance of power and user friendliness.
     
  8. phpmaven macrumors 68040

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    I had a 2008 Mac Pro as my main computer at home until late last year when I broke down and bought a 5K iMac. The pro is now at the office and still running strong. The thing's a tank. I must admit though that it's a dog compared to the iMac, but still a great computer. Before I had it, I must have gone through a half dozen PCs during the same period of time I owned it. By far the best computer I've ever owned.
     
  9. fuchsdh macrumors 6502a

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    I've got a soft spot for the G4 PowerMacs, which were all great machines for their day, but dealing with the new workstations at the office and upgrading an old MDD for my own purposes at home have made me realize that Apple's ease of pulling out and swapping components progressed significantly from those days, and is still not quite matched by competition.
     
  10. zephonic macrumors 65816

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    I'm really happy with my '09 MP, but I think the best Macs are the iMacs and MacBooks. Apple simply does that better than anybody else, and there is something about those machines that makes them, well, more 'Mac'. Maybe it is because the software and hardware are even more tightly integrated there.

    If you think about it, All-in-one is really in the company's DNA. The original Macintosh was pretty much like an iMac. They didn't do towers until much later, when Steve Jobs had already left, and they were trying to compete with PC's.

    As far as I'm concerned, the iMacs and laptops are the real Macs. And Apple obviously feels the same way.

    My tower is great, and better suited for what I do, but my MacBookAir is a better experience. And I could say that for my old iMac as well.
     
  11. ixxx69 macrumors 6502a

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    The Mac SE. That was a fantastic Mac. I would argue really the first Mac to get it right.

    And it got me through all six years of university. ;-)
     
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  13. chaosbunny macrumors 68000

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    I agree. My cMP is the best computer I have ever owned. It has been my primary system for 5 years now, and I can see it lasting another 3-5, after that it will be my server. I use it for graphic design, digital illustrations, video editing, photography, gaming ... no other Mac is able to last that long because of the lack of upgradability. It's one of the best Apple designs ever, because it's pure form follows function.

    The newer Macs are more and more function follows form, to a point where they become almost unusable. I don't think I will buy another desktop Mac.
     
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  15. Larry-K macrumors 68000

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    Mine sits next to my 12 Core 3.46 MacPro. I let them argue about who's best.
     
  16. Larry-K macrumors 68000

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    I never bought a Mac till the Mac II came out, I always found the-all-in-ones to be big compromises, and these days, Apple's all too willing to compromise.

    Still feel the same way, Long Live the Old Mac Pro!
     
  17. sigmadog macrumors 6502a

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    Youngster. I'm 53.

    I recently retired my 3,1 and upgraded to a 4,1 (firmware upgraded to 5,1) 12Core 3.46Ghz. I could not be more pleased. These machines are built to last, and it's entirely possible this will make it to my retirement, as I don't plan on working much past 60, if I can avoid it.
     
  18. flat five macrumors 601

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    for sake of argument on 'best'..

    if i could have one mac.. the one that would best fulfill my needs.. it'd be a laptop.. 2014 or 2015 15"mbp


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    but the actual best computer apple has ever made is the new mac pro.. i get that people will argue it but so what.. those are mainly emotional arguments ;)
     
  19. flat five macrumors 601

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    it will go longer..
    apple uses software to force people to upgrade after extended periods of usage.. the cmp should keep on humming though.
     
  20. MacStu09 macrumors regular

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    Without a doubt, I think it is. Upgradeability, longevity, ease of repair, keeping everything in one place/organized - it should be a no-brainer. The ability to run just about whatever graphics card you want, tons of internal storage, USB 3.0, blu-ray, numerous processor options; and for the most part, they just keep running. I've only had the misfortune of having to use the new mac pro once, and while performance-wise it was undeniably good, it made my workspace the ugliest, most cluttered workspace possible. Once you have 5 external devices plugged into it, It just becomes a goofy line or stack of equipment next to a "sleek" desktop, with cable clamps keeping all the wires as neat as possible. News flash - desktops don't need to be extra slim or portable. In an attempt to make things more compact and "nicer", they made a product that takes up more space on a desk and looks downright ugly, depending on what you need attached to it.
     
  21. flat five macrumors 601

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    aww. you should of taken a picture of that.
    remember everybody's favorite picture in 2013?

    mac-pro-2012-vs-2013-spoof-640x353.jpg

    ..i still haven't seen a real life example of that one ;)
    sounds as if you did though.
     
  22. m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020

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    Indeed it was a very good (and laughable) picture! A picture sais more than a thousand words!

    Cheers
     

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