Mac Pro 1,1 VS Lion

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Game64, May 5, 2011.

  1. Game64 macrumors member

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    So it's been a few months since my last post. I'm still looking into purchasing a mac. I'm leaning towards a macbook pro 15" but i'd much rather have a mac pro.

    Now I'm aware 2006 mac pros go for cheap. 1000$ on ebay for a decent one. My concern last time I was looking into a mac pro was that the 1,1's would not be upgradeable to lion due to the 32bit architecture. I can dish out the 2000$ or so for a refurb mac pro, but i don't think I need the processing power and I want to be able to run higher end gpu's.

    I really only game, program and such. I rarely do any artwork.

    So my question is this. Can the 2006 Mac Pro 1,1 run Lion? Has anyone on a Mac pro 1,1 ran lion in beta? How does it run? All info i've seen says the Mac Pro 1,1 is safe and can run lion. Can anyone confirm this?


    Links About Lion Ending Compatibility:
    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/apple/mac...s&utm_medium=Twitter&utm_source=SNS.analytics

    http://www.everymac.com/systems/by_processor/intel-core-duo-macs.html

    http://www.macprices.net/2011/04/21/can-my-mac-run-os-x-lion/
     
  2. Darwin macrumors 65816

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    Owning a Mac Pro 1,1 I have found it just as usable on Lion as it is on Snow Leopard (It is still a beta at the end of the day so of course there are going to be bugs).

    I would say its pretty safe in support, the only reason Apple are removing support of the older generation is due to the 1st gen Core chips using 32bit architecture. The Mac Pro used a Xeon which shared traits with the Core 2 Duo, hence it is actually a 64 bit chip.
     
  3. Game64 thread starter macrumors member

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    How does it run snow leopard? Is it fairly smooth and usable? I'm just concerned about CPU. I'll be upgrading the HDD's, Ram and GPU.
     
  4. Darwin macrumors 65816

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    It runs as well as it did the day I got it. And as support is added to make better use of the multi cores it should last for quite some time.
     

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