It's here (well in 4 business days)!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by hubiedubie, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. hubiedubie macrumors member

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  2. Cromulent macrumors 603

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  3. hubiedubie thread starter macrumors member

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    Moving up 12 GB RAM is an extra $300 - that's an improvement.
     
  4. JasO macrumors regular

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    a very much needed improvement.
     
  5. Infrared macrumors 68000

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    Hmm.. curious looking internals. Looks like the motherboard slides out
    on a tray. I presume that the two silvery enclosures contain the two
    processors, and the memory slots are next to these. I wouldn't like to
    guess what effect that will have on airflow.

    From: http://images.apple.com/macpro/images/overview_hero2_20090303.png

    [​IMG]

    The upper part part of the internal design looks pretty much identical.
    And the sled designs don't appear to have changed. But the front fan
    assembly is not the same now.

    I'm a bit shocked by the prices. The new quad core @2.66 G.Hz is
    pricier than the early 2008 octocore at @2.8GHz. The basic 8 core
    model only has 2.26 GHz processors. So that's a 20% drop in clock
    speed compared to before. It will be interesting to see whether or
    not the new architecture is sufficiently impressive to overcome this
    disadvantage in real-world scenarios. The 8 core 2.66 GHz and
    2.93 GHz models are, I suspect, prohibitively expensive for many.

    ps

    I'm looking at UK prices.
     
  6. davem7 macrumors member

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    Wow. Those prices are pure insanity. I don't think I could remotely justify upgrading my existing Pro for that at all.

    Any ideas why it's so expensive?
     
  7. Infrared macrumors 68000

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    Some other things that caught my eye:

    http://www.apple.com/macpro/specs.html

    Now:


    "NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512MB of GDDR3 memory, PCI Express 2.0,
    one Mini DisplayPort, and one dual-link DVI port"


    Before:

    "ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT with 256MB of GDDR3 memory and
    two dual-link DVI ports"


    Now:

    "Four FireWire 800 ports (two on front panel, two on back panel)"

    Before:

    "Two FireWire 800 ports (one on front panel, one on back panel)
    Two FireWire 400 ports (one on front panel, one on back panel)"


    Now:

    "VGA output using Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter or DVI to VGA
    Display Adapter (optional)"


    Before:

    "DVI to VGA adapter included"
     
  8. davem7 macrumors member

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    Yeah, which means that if you want to actually use your two dual-link DVI monitors, then you buy the £70 dual-link adapter or suck it up and buy another graphics card. Nice.
     
  9. Infrared macrumors 68000

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    Using Google's cache (apologies in advance for any errors):

    Prices before and after:

    Early 2008:
    4 x 2.8GHz ($2,299) (£1,399) ($1.64 = £1)
    8 x 2.8GHz ($2,799) (£1,712) ($1.63 = £1)
    8 x 3.0GHz ($3,599) (£2,202) ($1.63 = £1)
    8 x 3.2GHz ($4,399) (£2,701) ($1.63 = £1)

    Early 2009:
    4 x 2.66GHz ($2,499) (£1,899) ($1.32 = £1)
    4 x 2.93GHz ($2,999) (£2,299) ($1.30 = £1)
    8 x 2.26GHz ($3,299) (£2,499) ($1.32 = £1)
    8 x 2.66GHz ($4,699) (£3,619) ($1.30 = £1)
    8 x 2.93GHz ($5,899) (£4,579) ($1.29 = £1)

    I've put in the UK prices now. Getting the
    old prices was rather tricky and I had to
    calculate them from figures on this page:

    http://209.85.229.132/search?q=cache:EmO__r4VakYJ:store.apple.com/uk/configure/MA970B/

    Please let me know if I've made any mistakes.
     
  10. osin macrumors 6502

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    At least Apple learned their lesson and now is offering RAM upgrade much cheaper...
     
  11. osin macrumors 6502

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    I'm so happy that I didn't wait for this update!!!

    Also I don't like the way how Apple promotes that they dropped the price where $2499 Mac Pro was also available before, but not as a standard configuration (available in Apple stores).

    Can't wait to see benchmarks though...
     
  12. xgman macrumors 601

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    These top end dual models are priced very high compared to last year and mostly due to Intels pricing schemes on these. The question I have is what would the overall performance comparison be of my 2x3.2 2008 model compared to a single 2.93 2009 model both 2ith 8gb ram each? Even the 2x2.6 model is mopre than last years 2x3.2 model. We need some various benchmark comparisons for real world performance. For instance overall how would a single 2.93 model compare to a dual 2.6?
     

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