Mac Pro 2008: CPU upgrade worth it?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by IceMacMac, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. IceMacMac macrumors 6502

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    I have a 8 core Mac Pro 2008 that I use as a backup machine and for 3d rendering. It's got two GPU cards and 32 GIGs of RAM, so there is a little extra investment in the machine.

    It currently runs at 2.8.

    Is there a worthwhile CPU upgrade path? It will not serve as my main machine, but I'm always evaluating how best to invest in more rendering power.

    If I could get 40% or better improvement for around $400-$500 and not a huge fuss I'd think about it. Possible?
     
  2. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Not really.

    You'd do better to improve any data bottlenecks in the system (storage system in particular) in order to keep those cores fed as much as possible.
     
  3. IceMacMac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks man. I should probably just put the money in a fund towards the next Mac Pro. :D
     
  4. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Probably not a bad idea. ;) Just don't forget to include sufficient funds for upgrades as well, as a new system will come with the same bottlenecks (disk throughputs and memory capacity). :D
     
  5. IceMacMac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yup.

    I never spec my computer from Apple w/out including Other World RAM and storage.
     
  6. sbb155 macrumors 6502

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    it could be worth it, but i would advise waiting until the new mac pros are released in a few weeks - prices of models could change, both new and refurb
     
  7. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Based on a second-hand rumor... :rolleyes:
     
  8. sbb155 macrumors 6502

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    I find that MR is a pretty good judge. Look at the buyer's guide - they say dont buy, updates are coming, and the reliable sources put it at august. The OP should be excited, as this creates an opportunity in a few weeks
     
  9. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    There's been issues with it before (try searching MR's MP threads). Taking the particulars into consideration, they can't build systems with vapor, which will extend the days of an update cycle (should be common sense - if the parts take 500 days to begin shipping, then new systems can't show up before the parts do). They need CPU's that are viable for a new model Identifier in order to keep improving performance. Of what's been announced by Intel, the LGA2011 is the only possibility that would fit such a requirement.

    Look at it this way... why would anyone in their right mind buy a new system that's at best a couple of percent faster, and likely pay a noticeable amount of additional funds for it (TB alone will push the production cost, and margins will be on top of that). Particularly when there's another new system due out in 6 months?

    And you've apparently no concept of the financial implications if Apple attempted this (or any other vendor for an enterprise grade machine).

    The devices, laptops, Mini and iMac are consumer products, not enterprise products (workstations and servers are). So the rules that govern this particular market are quite different from those on the consumer side (i.e. gimmicks can be used to sell consumer systems marketed as a new model, even if all that changed was a peripheral component). But this won't fly in the enterprise world (too expensive, and those that buy them use things like cost/benefit analysis to see if it's a viable path or not).

    In other works, decisions are based on math, science, and logic, not emotion ("I just gotta have that new toy!" logic that applies to consumer products - it's technically called an Impulse Buy; but those that buy for professional use have to temper this, as their jobs are on the line if they screw up, and can even cause a company to go out of business - taking others' jobs with it, so it's not just how the individual is affected by a bad decision).
     

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