My parents got a new Mac Mini recently (maxed everything out, except the SSD), and it scored similar geek bench results to my 2008 Octo core with an 8800GT.
I have a Mac Pro 2,1 and I am stuck on Snow Leopard. The reason is that for a while Apple shipped the operating systems with both a 32-bit and a 64-bit version of the kernel. The Mac Pro 2,1 will never be able to run the 64-bit kernel because the EFFI32 boot rom just won't do it.
What I want to know though is where I can buy a USB3 adapter that will work in the Mac Pro 2,1.
What that says to me, is not that they're slow, but they they're still perfectly capable of running modern Operating Systems and applications at a very usable pace.
Sure they're not miles ahead of the pack any more, but they're still in the same league as the modern machines most people use every day.
I don't dispute a single word of that, but I'm not really arguing against your opinions. I'm just putting a different perspective from a different user (hence "what this says to me").
When I bought by Mac Pro in 2006, I was lucky enough to have been pretty much given a blank cheque by the company I worked for to go out and buy a machine to allow me to work from home. They also made it clear that it would be my machine and I'd be able to keep it if I ever left the firm. So, I pretty much went out and bought what was the best machine on the market at the time, reckoning that with upgradability and performance well ahead of the pack it would give me plenty of years of use before it became obsolete. Now, 7 years later, at the back end of 2013, I have a Mac which can still keep pace with what's required for the work I do.
That to me is exactly what I bought it for. I'm delighted that my old beast still manages to pull its weight, and come pretty close to what most PC users would get if they bought a fairly standard desktop machine today. And apart from having to do a little hackery to get the most recent OS onto it, it's been pretty plain sailing all the way.
Zero chance 1,1 and 2,1 will be able to install it.
With some hacks you can make it run 10.8 and 10.9. Today i just upgraded my 2,1 to Mavericks GM
Hacking a Mac to run OS X, now that's funny, hey Mac 1 & 2 owners, welcome to hackintosh, of sorts.
...That to me is exactly what I bought it for. I'm delighted that my old beast still manages to pull its weight, and come pretty close to what most PC users would get if they bought a fairly standard desktop machine today. And apart from having to do a little hackery to get the most recent OS onto it, it's been pretty plain sailing all the way.
Not exactly true. While there is zero chance to just install it like on supported machines, there is a 100% chance to install it using Chameleon (with a supported gfx card).
I'm running Mountain Lion on my 1,1 and I will run Mavericks on it as well when it comes out.
I'd really love to know HOW... can you provide a link to find more information about this? I was going to upgrade my GFX card anyway... it's the one last thing I need to update in the machine...