Mac Po 2009 upgrades

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  1. DenBeke macrumors regular

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    At the moment I have a Mac Pro 2009, 8-core 2,26Ghz, 20GB ram, ATI Readon HD5870, small (old) SSD and three hdd's.
    With the release of the new Mac Pro's I want to keep my Mac Pro at least 3 years longer.

    What updates (good cost/benefit ratio) can I do in orde to have a machine that can compete against the new Mac Pro?

    I mostly use Aperture for raw image editing.
    Will a newer graphical card and raid of two new SSD's (via PCIe) give my Mac Pro a speed/feeling boost? Or is it just a waste of money?
    Or should I really replace the processors?
     
  2. spoonie1972 macrumors 6502a

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    update processors rather inexpensively with used W5590's or X5570's (pairs used are very reasonably priced). If you want to spend more, X56xx series are still rather spendy.

    If you're not paging out, then you have enough ram for what you're doing.

    For Video, I'd consider a PC Nvidia card as long as you're running ML. I'm running a EVGA GTX570 without any problems. There are newer, faster cards but you can find one of these pretty cheap.

    Best luck.
     
  3. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    You will REALLY feel the SSDs. Definitely not a waste of money.
     
  4. DenBeke thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is the difference between my 2,26 and a 2,9Ghz really noticeable?

    I'm running Mavericks. Will PC cards just run out of the box?


    Ok, I'll go for the SSDs...
    Would your recommend two Velo cards, or one double Sonnet card for making an SSD raid?
     
  5. deppest macrumors member

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    it probably depends on what you use your MP for. I went from 2x2.26 to 2x3.33 about a year ago and for what I use the MacPro (rendering, photoshop, particle simulations, all mostly CPU-bound tasks) it definitely makes a difference.
     
  6. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    This FAQ has lots of useful information regarding the use of PC video cards in Mac Pros. Video cards that work in Mountain Lion also work in Mavericks.

    From what I've read, the Sonnet card is faster. But I have never personally played with one so I can not comment much about it. I do own a Velocity Solo X2 and it has been quite problem free on my 5,1.
     
  7. DenBeke thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks!

    Will I really feel another graphics card in Aperture?
    Or should I just upgrade to a real SSD flash storage to last couple of years longer with this machine?
     
  8. spoonie1972 macrumors 6502a

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    Den:

    The cpu upgrade certainly helped with VEP running smoother.
     
  9. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    As far as I know, Aperture won't benefit much, if any, from an improved video card.
     
  10. DenBeke thread starter macrumors regular

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    What is VEP?


    What will improve Aperture's performance?
     
  11. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    I've read that defragging can help with large libraries in Aperture...
     
  12. spoonie1972 macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry - VEP = Vienne Ensemble Pro, a sample-playback and .au host. great for loading massive ram-heavy sample libraries.
     

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