Price Advice mac pro 2012 for 1699 worth it?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by koban4max, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. koban4max macrumors 68000

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    here's a spec i found... gotta ask...this or nMP? 6 core.
    Specs:
    ITEM COST
    2012 Mac Pro $3,999.00
    Benchmarks
    Standard Geekbench: 19887
    After Upgrades 22874
    CPU
    Processors: 2 (12 Cores)
    Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
    Processor Type: 6 Core Xeon E5645 x2
    Architecture: 64-Bit
    Processor Upgrade: LGA 1366 Socket
    FPU: Integrated
    Insides
    System Bus Speed: 6.4 GT/s
    Cache Bus Speed: 2.4 GHz (Built-in)
    ROM/Firmware Type: EFI
    EFI Architecture: 64-Bit
    L1 Cache: 32k/32k x12
    L2/L3 Cache: 256k (x12), 12 MB (x2)
    RAM Type: PC3-10600 DDR3 ECC
    Min. RAM Speed: 1333 MHz
    Included RAM: 40 GB** $246.72
    Maximum RAM: 128 GB
    Video
    See Upgrades Below
    Video Card: EVGA NVidia GTX570 $270.00
    VRAM Type: GDDR5 SDRAM
    Standard VRAM: 1 GB
    Maximum VRAM: 1280 MB
    Resolution Support: 2560x1600
    2nd Display Support: Dual/Mirroring
    2nd Max. Resolution: 2560x1600
    Storage
    Hard Drive: 1 TB (7200 RPM)
    Int. HDD/SSD Interface: SATA (3 Gb/s)
    Additional HDD/SSD Interface: SATA III (6 Gb/s)** $133.59
    I/O Devices, & Miscellaneous
    Standard Optical: 18X DL "SuperDrive"
    Standard Ethernet: Gigabit (x2)
    Standard AirPort: 802.11a/b/g/n
    Standard Bluetooth: 2.1+EDR
    USB Ports: 5 (2.0)
    Firewire Ports: 4 (800)
    eSATA Ports: 2
    Expansion Slots: 4 PCIe 2.0
    Expansion Bays: 4 3.5", 2 5.25"
    Incl. Keyboard: Apple Aluminum KB
    Incl. Input: Magic Mouse
    Case Type: Tower
    Form Factor: Mac Pro
    Apple Order No: MD771LL/A
    Apple Subfamily: Mid-2012
    Apple Model No: A1289 (EMC 2629)
    Model ID: MacPro5,1
    Pre-Installed MacOS: X 10.9 (13A603)
    Minimum Windows: XP SP2 (32-Bit)*
    Maximum Windows: 8 (64-Bit)*
    Windows Support: Boot/Virtualization
    Dimensions: 20.1 x 8.1 x 18.7
    Avg. Weight: 39.9 lbs. (18.1 kg)
    Warranty
    Applecare - Expires February 2015 $99.00
    TOTAL COST
    $4,748.31
    UPGRADES
    RAM Upgrades
    Kingston ValueRAM 16GB Kit (2x8GB Modules) 1333MHz DDR3 PC3-10666 ECC CL9 DIMM Intel Certified Server Memory KVR13E9K2/16I $154.74
    Corsair XMS3 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1333 MHz (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory (CMX8GX3M1A1333C9) $91.98
    Interface Upgrades
    Apricorn Velocity Solo x2 - SATA 3 Expansion card (6.25Gb/s) $90.00
    IO Crest SATA III 2 Port and 2 Port eSATA III PCI-e 2.0 x 2 Card with Marvell HyperDuo, RAID Mode Support and Low Profile Brackets (SI-PEX40058) $43.59
    Video Upgrades
    EVGA GTX 570 HD 1280MB for Apple Mac Pro 2008 - 2012 $270.00
     
  2. dollystereo, Jan 29, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2014

    dollystereo macrumors 6502a

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    It's a good deal.
    It's faster than the fastest imac. (depending on your workflow)
    Pop an SSD inside and you are ready to rock.
    Buy it now, keep it for 1 or 2 years, and then change it for a nMP (rev 2.0 or 3.0).
    In a year from now, you could sell it for the same price.
    AND IT HAS APPLECARE!
     
  3. koban4max thread starter macrumors 68000

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    ROCK ON...alright it...what kept me from buying is because of nMP.

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    is 40GB ram legit? I didn't know there was 40gb..
     
  4. shadowbird423 macrumors regular

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    They can take up to 64gb of ram I believe. It's ECC ram though, so upgrading will cost at least an arm and a leg.
     
  5. BlueWaterVA macrumors member

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    Good buy

    Probably the buy of the year!

    I have a 6 core nMP and I am going to try to get a 2010-12 Mac Pro. The nMP is for folks who can affor to buy all the optional externals needed. I don't like it.
     
  6. koban4max thread starter macrumors 68000

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    good to know thank you.

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    That's the drawback...huh? for nMP...
     

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