Mac Pro 2.8 8-core for $1649.. no brainer?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by RiffOfTheWeek, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. RiffOfTheWeek macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2009
    Hey guys.

    I've got a lead on a brand new MP 2.8 8-core for $1649 out the door. I originally was going to go with the 2.26 8-core but my main use is with Pro Tools and video editing. After reading the stories of PT not running well on the new machines, I'm leaning towards the 2.8 now, especially at this price.

    Is this a no brainer to jump on?
  2. Dragonforce macrumors 6502a


    Apr 9, 2008
    London (Ealing) UK
    Is the machine really brand new ?
    Do you get 1 year Apple Care ?

    Answer both with yes, then go and get it ASAP ;)
  3. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    Yup. You can flip it for more than that if needs be.
  4. RiffOfTheWeek thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2009
    This is brand new in the box in an Apple store. Comes with 1 year AC.
  5. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

    Sep 24, 2008
    Boon Docks USA
  6. Ploki macrumors 68040

    Jan 21, 2008
    no brainer, its 1800$ less. if you work with pro tools you probably do audio, you can get some nice outboard for that cash.:)
  7. RC24 macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2008
    I am seriously considering this now instead of the 2.26.

    Might be worth it with the 4870 kit
  8. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    If this were me, my main concern would be answering the question: "why is it so cheap?" If I could answer that and be satisfied with it, I'd jump on it.

    I'm a firm believer in the "if it seems too good to be true, it probably is" philosophy, but that doesn't mean there aren't occasional great bargains out there.
  9. Chrispy macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    I just jumped on a 2 x 2.8 for $1899 earlier this week. Why is the Apple store offering such a big markdown on the system in your store? Is this a business purchase like the $1899 deal?
  10. RC24 macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2008
    How much is the business markdown in general? student is usually just $100.

    Other then the CPU and RAM type... any other major differences, pci slots etc?
  11. Chrispy macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    From what I have heard usual business discount is about 5% and then you can do tax exempt if your business qualifies.
  12. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    Given the price difference, it seems well worth it. :) So what if you don't have the newest model. ;) :D
  13. MovieCutter macrumors 68040


    May 3, 2005
    Washington, DC
    No Brainer....

    I picked up the same system with 8800GT+8GB RAM+23" ACD for $1900 last week. If it had just been the Mac Pro- 23" ACD, it still would have been a great deal.

    DO IT!!!
  14. SLRphotography macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2009
    I would not have walked out of the store without it at that price. I wish they could ship it to me. i would gladly pay for shipping.
  15. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    If you absolutely have to use pro tools yes go for it.

    But if you do everything else besides pro tools, then no get the Nehalems.

    But the $1600 price tag is an amazing deal, how did you get it so cheap? I know business discounts are $1899.
  16. Ploki macrumors 68040

    Jan 21, 2008
    they both have PCIe slots, however 09 has two 16x express slots for intensive graphics, whilst 08 only has one x16 express slot.
    also optical drive is (by default) sata in 09, and IDE in 08, but can be done with sata in 08 too..

    you really dont know much about professional audio work either?
    so your statement would be "if you absolutely need to use any audio software, yes go for it"
    nehalems have problems with Logic and Pro Tools. big problems. and cubase is so-so even on previous generations. and you of course do know that real PT systems depend on DSP and need more than anything a stable system because all the processing is done in dedicated cards?
  17. rylin macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2006
    I'd say he doesn't know much about anything.. :)
  18. ianimate3d macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2002
    Incorrect, the 08 has two PCIe 4x and two PCIe 2.0 16x slots, the only difference in the 09 is that all four slots are now PCIe 2.0, but still two 4x and two 16x slots.

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