Lovin my 2008 MP even more.

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by wesk702, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. wesk702 macrumors 68000

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    The 2008’s were probably the best value in my opinion and each upgrade since then makes like it even more.
    The new 2010’s are definitely sick, but the prices are too much.

    I kinda like how the case is still the same cause it doesn’t make my computer feel old.

    Too all the people that are getting the 12 cores, congrats. I’m gonna wait once again for the next major upgrade. My wife will not approve this model.:(

    and yes, posting this makes me feel better.

    Anybody else share this view?
     
  2. sparkie7 macrumors 68000

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    Yes I agree with you. I have a MP 2008 too. Best bang for buck I ever got out of 
     
  3. wesk702 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Can’t wait to see the benchmark comparisons
     
  4. Foggy macrumors 6502a

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    I agree completely, I just wish I had had the money back then to get one.
     
  5. G4DP macrumors 65816

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    It seems in my two major tower purchases from Apple I times them just right. My original 'Snakebite' G4 and the 2008 MacPro. Both seem to have been the best value for money at the time and for some years after.
     
  6. aibo macrumors 6502

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    Yep -- I got my "Early 2008" 8-core 2.8 when they were first announced for about $2700. When the 2009's released I was even more satisfied with my purchase. Now seeing the 2010 8-core's insane price for what appears to be such a modest speed bump, I'm still very happy I bought in 2008.
     
  7. tomscott1988 macrumors regular

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    Best purchase I ever made

    Yep i got mine as the 2009 was announced! £1500 discounted best purchase i ever made! make me laugh at all these people spending 5k or more :D
     
  8. macuserx86 macrumors 6502a

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    I love my 2008
    That said, I can't wait to throw a 5870 or 5770 in there. I think I'll order some more RAM today too :D
     
  9. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    I love my 2008 8-core 2.8 as well, especially for what I got it for... I bought it in March 2009 the same week the 2009s shipped for $1,899 (!!), brand new. EOL discount plus business discount knocked $900 right off the cost.

    It was extremely hard to justify spending $1,400 extra to get a 2009 8-core 2.26 that was only faster in SOME things. So, I used to savings to buy extra RAM and a second monitor. Haven't looked back.
     
  10. multimania macrumors member

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    I love my 8core 2.8 too. I've heard people say about changing the case design - why? It is already perfect! It looks great, it's expandable and it's o easy to pull things out. I only wish my wireless wires weren't wired wrong. I often get low speeds on wifi because of this, but the only tutorial for correctly rewiring them is for the original MP. Pain in the butt!
     
  11. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    LOL, I have a 2008 Mac Pro too! 8 Core 2.8 GHz

    I so hope the Radeon 5870 will get tested in our Macs....
     
  12. 617arg macrumors 6502

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    The 2008 Mac Pro is what got me to switch to Mac. The value of the system made it a no brainer for me. At the time is was probably the lowest cost dual quad-core machine out there, and if I didn't like the OS (which I now love) I can always just boot into Windows.
     
  13. multimania macrumors member

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    Yep! that's what I want too! I want X-Plane to kick butt!!
     
  14. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    Exactly. X-Plane 9 is so waiting to be played at max, insane and extreme settings @ 1920 x 1200. :cool:
    Can't do it now on the 4870. :eek:
     
  15. NewSc2 macrumors 65816

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    Yup. Paid $1900 for a barely used 2008 Mac Pro in late 2008 (before 2009 was even announced). Paid another $1050 for a barely used 30" Apple LCD (even happier with that decision now). Used eBay's Bing cashback for both.

    To be honest I have yet to push the Mac Pro to its limits. Very happy with the purchase. Too bad video cards are so expensive though =\. Guess that'll keep me away from more video games.
     
  16. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

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    I will be sticking with my 2008 mac pro too. Havent yet found a program to max it out yet, with the exception of boinc crunching for WCG. No way will i pay the high price for the 12 core when i can build one for almost half the price. Seems apple is pushing folks away from the mac pro line AND gouging the folks who needs them. Looks like my next mac will be an i7 iMac with an SSD and hard drive. Just hope the new video cards will work in our 2008 mac pros.
     
  17. sigmadog macrumors 6502a

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    The new MacPro's didn't even give me a tingle. Nor did the new Cinema Display.

    I bought my 2008 2.8 Dual Quad MacPro just over a year ago after the 2009's came out. It works great. Since I don't do video processing, I have no need for the bleeding edge of processing power - this baby suits me fine for graphic design work. It will be my money-making workhorse for the next few years at least.
     
  18. bobpensik macrumors regular

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    My 2008 Mac Pro is still working great for me too, I have no reason or urge to upgrade

    I hope they offer a stand alone 5870 upgrade option tho so I can get an updated graphics card
     
  19. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    Something tells me that it'll probably happen, similar how Apple offered the 4870 as an upgrade kit.

    My stock 2600 XT sits in a closet right now. A flashed 8800 GTS 512 has taken its place. Anyone want to start betting odds on how much Apple will want for a 5870 kit? I'm betting around $500 (which will again encourage people to flash reference cards instead). Any takers?
     
  20. TheStrudel macrumors 65816

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    I think the 2008 Mac Pros will be the last Mac Pros to wear the price/performance crown.

    When I bought mine, I projected that it would last eight years, given the way hardware and software has been going, and it looks like it'll do exactly that.

    There's that old saying, "Software gets slower faster than hardware gets faster". It's pretty true.

    We're adding cores faster than we're writing software to use them all.
     
  21. theBigD23 macrumors 6502a

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    I will get one of the cards IF the they support the 2008 Mac Pro. We're still not positive that it will.

    I also wonder if Apple will sell the enclosure's for the SSD option for the 2008/2009 models?
     
  22. skyline r34 macrumors 6502

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    2008 3.2GHz Mac Pro

    It's been two years sense i own my Mac Pro and today my Mac Pro is still worth $1,660 (at Apple recycle program) but users are saying that I can get alot more then that but here are my spec's of my 08 Mac Pro

    3.2GHz Dual Quad-Core
    4GB of Ram
    Two 500GB HD
    Two Super Drives
    Airport Extreme
    512MB Nvidia Geforce 8800GT
    Bus Speed 1.6GHz
    L2 Cache 12MB
    SMC Version 1.25f4

    Total Cost back then $6,464

    I sure hope that the ATI 5870 fit and works in our 08 Mac Pro because I want to use Apple new LED 27" inch but i'm still up in the air on either getting the 2010 Mac Pro or just plain upgrade my 2008 MP and wait until next year to buy a new Mac Pro been putting away money ever sense I purchase the MP Back in Feb of 08 and raised $13,100 and if I sale the 08 back to Apple I will have $14,760 towards my new setup but i'm undecided.
     
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  24. wesk702 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ive got a single core 2008 so I guess I'm like the cool kid with one testicle.
     
  25. ventro macrumors 6502a

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    Yes it's fun telling ourselves that our purchase was a good one. But we are all going to have egg on our face if it turns out the 2008 pro doesn't support the 5870!
     

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