Mac Pro 2008 3.0GHz 8-core or Mac Pro 2010 4-core 2.8GHz??

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  1. airwolfheli macrumors newbie

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    Just wondering what you guys think. I'm about to purchase a Mac Pro and I'm torn between a Mac Pro 2008 3.0GHz 8-core or Mac Pro 2010 4-core 2.8GHz. I do lots of 3D animation and graphic design and I'm wondering if the technology is about even from the 2008 model 8-core and the newest Mac Pro 4-core 2.8. I know the graphics card is much better then the 2008 one so just wondering what you guys recommend. Thanks.
     
  2. Ace134blue macrumors 6502a

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    Id go with the 4-core 2010 mac pro. Nehalem architecture is much faster and more efficient. Graphic design requires a faster gpu anyways.
     
  3. airwolfheli thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, that does make more sense. Plus it's under Apple's warranty. Thanks for the advice.
     
  4. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    According to Geekbench the 2008 Mac Pro is going to be about 13% faster. You can upgrade the Graphics card in the 2008 model very easily, thus I would recommend that, plus you get 8 RAM slots vs. the 4 that you would get on the 2010 model.
     
  5. airwolfheli thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But then I don't get a warranty and I'm at the mercy of the owner whether something is wrong with it or not. At only 13% faster, that's not worth the risk, to me, of getting a dud machine from an ebayer.
     
  6. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    You'll obviously be making the decision on which one to get. Personally I'd rather have an 8 core machine with more RAM slots for expandability than a 4 core one with less speed and RAM slots. And Mac Pros are extremely reliable, I have one and have never had any trouble with it :) (As opposed to the MacBook Pro which I've had nothing but trouble with)
     
  7. airwolfheli thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So would most people agree that I'd be better off buying a 2008 8-core Mac Pro on Ebay and be ok? My whole business depends on this computer since I have pretty demanding clients.
     
  8. Michael383 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, I would if your choice and business depend on your computer. Get that 2008 8-core Mac Pro and keep your clients happy.
     
  9. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    If you were utilizing 100% of the CPU cores for prolonged periods the older model offers 10% or so more power, but you probably aren't going to be - most users wouldn't. It doesn't have anything else going for it other than perhaps price. The 2010 model doesn't off much more: higher total memory capacity (4 memory slots, but bigger DIMMs are available), much more memory bandwidth and an upgrade path - can put a 3.2GHz+ 6-core processor in.

    If you were asking should you upgrade from the older one to the new I certainly wouldn't recommend the 2010 model, but do you really want to be running your demanding business on a computer that came out 3 years ago and has no warranty? What happens if it dies in 3 months? Can you afford to write it off?
     
  10. airwolfheli thread starter macrumors newbie

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    that's a very good point. Warranty is extremely important to me along with the fact the RAM is better.
     
  11. airwolfheli thread starter macrumors newbie

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    is it possible to change the chip through Apple? Is it really expensive?
     
  12. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    no upgrading the cpu is diy here is the thread (my upgrade)



    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1122551&highlight=

    you don't need to do this now as to the gray area about warranty.

    Step 1

    buy the machine below with a full 1 yr warranty

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FC560LL/A?mco=MTkyMTM1OTY


    step 2


    buy ram

    https://www.superbiiz.com/detail.ph...-8GB-512x4-ECC-REG-Samsung-Chip-Server-Memory

    142 a stick for 8gb buy 3 or 4 sticks


    https://www.superbiiz.com/detail.ph...t-DDR3-1333-4GB-256x8-ECC-Hynix-Server-Memory


    52 a stick for 4gb buy 3 or 4 sticks


    step 3 buy an ssd


    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Intel-SSDSA...e_Internal&hash=item588da5ee19#ht_2405wt_1250

    step 4

    buy a cpu and get a diy guy to put it in


    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Intel-Xeon-...EN_Servers&hash=item230e914a2e#ht_3265wt_1250


    note step 3 and 4 may not be needed

    1 and 2 you need to do
     

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