Mac Pro 2009 8 Core 2.26 vs Mac Pro 2010 6 Core 2.93

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by AppleChomper, May 15, 2016.

  1. AppleChomper macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2013
  2. NOTNlCE macrumors 6502a


    Oct 11, 2013
    DMV Area
    For that price difference, I would personally spring for the 8 core. Upgrading those can be a bit of a hassle with the de-lidded CPUs and all, but it can take TWICE the RAM that that 2010 will, and it appears from the listing that it's in better condition, comes with a solid state, and has all the hard drive caddies. I would get that first one in a heartbeat.
  3. h9826790, May 15, 2016
    Last edited: May 15, 2016

    h9826790 macrumors G4


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    In general, for single processor model, go for the 4,1 because it's cheaper. For dual processor model, go for 5,1 because it use normal CPU.

    However, in this case, I will chose the 4,1 as well. It's cheaper then the single processor 5,1 and the price difference (compare to dual processor 5,1) is good enough to offset the delid service.

    For your usage, only video editing / encoding can utilise both CPU effectively. So, you have to decide is it worth to go for the dual CPU model. The cheapest best performance CPU in your case I believe is the X5677. Unless you really plan to do a lot of video encoding / editing, otherwise you can only very occasionally benefit from the 12 cores config, but possible pay much more for that (X5690) , and the machine will run hotter as well.

    Another advantage of the dual CPU model is that you can achieve the same memory size with lower cost, because you can fill more slots with cheaper and smaller size ram sticks. That could be significant when you want large memory size.

    If your aim is to have 3.46Ghz Hex core (or above), 32G RAM (or above). I will definitely go for the dual processor 4,1. The delid cost would be worth.
  4. nigelbb macrumors 65816

    Dec 22, 2012
    Realistically you can never upgrade a single CPU 4,1 or 5,1 to dual CPU as the dual CPU trays are unobtainable so if you think that you will ever benefit from dual CPUs or want the option sometime in the future then it's better to buy one now.

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