Is this a good deal ?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by n198ua, Sep 30, 2017.

  1. n198ua macrumors newbie

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    B&H is selling a Mac Pro
    • 3.7 GHz Intel Xeon E5 Quad-Core
    • 12GB Ram
    • 256GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
    • Dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs (2 x 2GB)
    For $1999; do you think its a good deal or way too much for a computer designed in 2013 ?

    TIA
     
  2. AidenShaw macrumors P6

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    It depends if you want to play "GPU roulette".

    For some people, the MP6,1 runs fine. For others, there are frequent crashes/hangs/restarts due to the ATI GPUs and/or driver issues. (for example https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/mac-pro-late-2013-gpu-driver-issues.1860297/ ).

    I wouldn't spend $2K on a system that might work.
     
  3. PieTunes macrumors 6502

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    I guess it would entirely depend on your needs. Will that 2k be beneficial to your use case? Is the value there for you and your situation? Two thousand is admittedly a lot to stomach for older technology.

    On a side note, I love the user name, that tail number brings back fond memories of flying aboard the queen of the skies in my younger days haha
     
  4. AidenShaw macrumors P6

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    An image search for the tail number brings up:
    92263_1441059438[1].jpg

    The queen has been dethroned.
     
  5. n198ua thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I browsed through the other thread - seems like a lot of problems...
     
  6. ixxx69 macrumors 6502a

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    You'll find those kind of threads for almost any Mac, iPhone, etc. Literally anyone who brings up the 2013 MP, Aiden is there to diss it. You'll see dozens of threads here about how wonderful the old classic Mac Pro is and how you can add whatever GPU you want to it, and you also find lots of threads about all the issues users have with those at one time or another. And same in the Windows world. If you purchase based solely on forums, you'll be scared to purchase any Apple product if you read enough threads. People generally don't come to computer forums to tell everyone how great their computer is working.

    As PieTunes suggested, the value is completely based on your needs and finances, and without a lot more info, no one can really help answer that for you.

    I have one, and I think it's just a great little computer - YMMV. I would warn the 256GB SSD version is kind of small, but if that's not an issue, and you don't need the latest tech, still a nice machine for typical Apple pricing.
     
  7. mp2017 macrumors member

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    I do not consider his post to be dissing but rather informing. If there's a potential issue with a product I'd like to be aware of it before I purchase it.
     
  8. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    It seems like a fairly good price for a new 6,1 Mac Pro with those specs, however keep in mind this is an older model before the "spec bump"--it has obsolete D300 GPUs that are below the minimum offered by Apple now. Also these GPUs can't be upgraded in a practical sense.

    So whether or not it is a good computer for you, especially with the D300, depends on a few things. For example what you intend to use it for, which software you use, and whether you tend to upgrade computers or simply replace them.

    If you don't really use the GPU for anything but basic display, this could be the perfect computer for you. On the other hand, if you heavily rely on GPU rendering it could be the most terrible purchase you've ever made.
     
  9. n198ua thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It would primarily be used for photo editing, IE Lightroom, PS, Capture One Pro
     

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