Mac Pro 2008 vs. Sun Ultra 40

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by needlz, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. needlz macrumors member

    May 14, 2008
    Zurich, Switzerland
    Hi there,

    This is more a hardware related questions, OS X doesn't play a big role:

    I have the chance to buy a Sun Ultra 40 for about 600$ (2x2.4 Opteron, 8 GB RAM, 500GB SATA HDD, Raid Controller, 8800 GTS) or for 1600$ a MacPro (2008 model, 2x2.66 DualCore Xeon, 3GB RAM, 250GB HDD).

    It'll be my private machine which I use for private software development (WPF/Silverlight) (so I'm not in an environment where even the time for compiling is money which can be saved :)). Also I don't use it for playing games or similar.

    I tend to buy the Sun, add a Intel X25 SSD and maybe upgrade the Graphics Card. With that I'd still be under 1000$ and would have a decent workstation for development. For my OS X/XCode needs, I'd still have my Macbook Pro ;-)

    Am I missing something with the MacPro, where it has huge advantages over the Sun Workstation?

    Thanks for any input!
  2. Transporteur macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2008
    Biggest advantage for me: OS X!
    Second: Two more cores PLUS Intel Xeon which are absolutely superior to those crappy Opterons.

    But I'm pretty sure that that's not a 2008 machine you're talking about.
    2008 models hat 2.8GHz CPUs as entry level, either Quad or Octad.
    And 1600$ for a Quad 2006/2007 system with that configuration is a pretty bad deal.
  3. lemonade-maker macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2009
    I have the same sun box and a 2009 mac dual quad. I loved the sun. I got the mac because I wanted to do virtualization on it. The sun box is a PITA for virtualization. I used XEN for quite a while on the sun. Now I do my stuff using vmware on the mac and use the sun as a db server. Best dev environment I have used. I was able to put a few Dell 2950s into the production env too. If you don't need to run multiple systems for dev, I'd get the sun. It's a great machine and it sounds like the price is good.
  4. gugucom macrumors 68020


    May 21, 2009
    Munich, Germany
    Yep, 2,66 sounds like a MacPro1,1 quad from 2006. And the price is way too high. It should be more like 1000-1100$.
  5. needlz thread starter macrumors member

    May 14, 2008
    Zurich, Switzerland
    You guys are probably right, it has to be a 2006 model. The price is too high for that.. but it'll be hard to find something below that here in Switzerland.

    Another option would be ordering via the USA, but the shipping costs are like 500$ with UPS Worldwide Saver.

    I'll check out eBay Germany, UK and USA tomorrow and keep you updated. If I won't find anything for a reasonable price, I'll probably go with the Sun or maybe even buy a Desktop System. Of course I'd love to work with a decent Mac, but it all comes down to a cost-benefit problem.. Hah :)
  6. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    Can I presume you're willing to hack, given the budget limitations?
  7. needlz thread starter macrumors member

    May 14, 2008
    Zurich, Switzerland
    You mean something like this:
    That's an option.. but I'm not quite sure how stable that is?

    Ah well, I found a quite good answer here: :
  8. MatLane macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2008
    England, United Kingdom
  9. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    Err... YEP. :D

    So, what's your answer? Yes or no?

    Your answer will detemine if you have to get an Apple system, or open you up to other options, as the Sun won't run OS X without hacking.

    I'm pressuming Yes ATM, but a firm answer would eliminate any doubt. ;)
  10. needlz thread starter macrumors member

    May 14, 2008
    Zurich, Switzerland
    I guess I'll have to sleep about it - it's 02:26am over here :) I'll let you know how I decided until the end of the week. Thanks a lot for all the input!


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