Mac Pro 2016

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by vance09, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. vance09, Jul 2, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2016

    vance09 macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2009
    I have the quad processor Mac Pro 2009 and thinking of moving up a few notches to the 6 core 16gb ram 1 t drive with the default video 3 gb,I am looking for speed and reliability like the 2009 model.
    I do a lot of graphics (cad work) and video editing.I hate to go higher as the cost goes through the roof but looking for people's comments.I run vmware or parallels with win7.Will win 7 run at a good speed
    Also have had boot camp running in the 2009 but turns out win 7 is slow
    Also looking at a external enclosure thunderbolt or usb3 for data storage and backups,question being will an external drive allow booting as i back up frequently and might need to boot on backup (if thats still selectible)
    I do not want to use a raid assembly as my backup prg requires separate hard drives or partitions
    I was surprised that the new Mac Pro is listed as 2013 , i had hoped apple would be updating the Mac Pro each year.
    Maybe this is not even a good move.
    I could use some expert opinions
  2. pat500000, Jul 2, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2016

    pat500000 macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2015
    Very interesting comment. By the way...I was referring to a post with no post except "f."
    --- Post Merged, Jul 2, 2016 ---
    Yeah, it's unfortunate that they haven't updated it yet. I'm sure you seen many threads here about amd gpu that connects with future Mac it might be possible but then again I have doubts. I think maybe Pc workstation would help you with your needs.
  3. JimGoshorn macrumors 6502


    Mar 8, 2009
  4. thats all folks macrumors 6502a

    thats all folks

    Dec 20, 2013
    Austin (supposedly in Texas)
    for now, best to stick with what you have as the return on your dollars of the 2013 Mac Pro is damn poor. Apple pretty much has to come out with a new machine or at least a major update this year. you don't mention how your current machine is configured but if you've spent any time on these forums there are thousands of posts that cover the variety of upgrades and improvements that can be made to the 4,1 and 5,1 Mac Pros, making them much more competitive. so if you need a boost now; video card, RAM, USB 3, SSDs... and if you really want to dig in, a CPU upgrade. those could all make you feel better about sticking with your current box for another year or even more.

    the entry level 2013 Mac Pro is a poor investment as it's practically bested by the top specced iMac. which costs less and includes a nice big screen.
  5. h9826790 macrumors G4


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    If you already have a Quad core 2009 Mac Pro.

    Then you may consider flash it to 5,1 (Free).
    Install a W3680 (<$150)
    Install a HD7950 3G (<150)
    Flash the card to Mac Edition (Free)
    Install a USB 3.0 card ($20) <- non bootable, but a eSTAT card can
    Install 4x4G ECC 1333 RAM (<$20)
    Install 1TB SSD (<$300)

    And you can install few more HDD inside the machine for bootcamp, VM, data, bootable backup...

    Now you can have a Hex core, 1TB SSD , 3G VRAM, 16G RAM, USB 3.0 (non-bootable) Mac pro (same reliability as your current 2009 model, and able to boot Win 7) for just $6xx.
  6. koyoot macrumors 603


    Jun 5, 2012
    He said that he was running Win 7 in Parallels VM. And there he can do it.

    However at this point Mac Pro is not worth the money, unless... you look for refurbished model.
  7. G4DPII macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2015
    I can't run W10 on my 2008 Mac Pro according to crapple, yet it flies better than any version of OSX has ever done.

    All you do is install from scratch, not through BootCamp, then install BootCamp drivers once Windows is installed. Why do people still take what Apple state as gospel?
  8. iMcLovin, Jul 3, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2016

    iMcLovin macrumors 68000


    Feb 11, 2009
    I think unless something miraculous happens with the Mac Pro I would go for an iMac 5k maxed out bto or a pc if I were you. Personally I do a lot of similar work as you. I use Windows 10 through parallels and have 3D studio max installed there. Everything runs smooth in max even with a lot of Polys. Only thing that's a bit slow is rendering time because I only allocate 2 cores for parallels, but I just use a renderfarm service for that which is cheap and faster than any machine you can buy anyway. Apart from that I do most of my heavy work in after effects and photoshop in OS X and it's all fine on the top model 5k iMac with 32 gb of ram maxed out cpu & gpu and 1tb flash drive. If my next machine will be a new iMac or a pc I'm unsure of, because you get even more powerful hardware on the pc side, would be good for games and rendering. But in general I can live without that and I can not get anything near the speed of the iMacs flash drive or the quality and resolution of the screen... So certain things just don't exist on pc hardware... Also Windows scales much worse on 5k screens. Anyway buying a Mac Pro now would be just completely useless , there's nothing for you to gain from that from what you mentioned that you are doing, unless your main work is fcpx with 4K video editing, nothing else would give you any performance gain, and you would pay out of your nose without getting a nice screen or any new hardware.
  9. vance09 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2009
    thanks everyone ,my mac 2009 is yosemite 2.26 quad 16 gb ram 6 T hard drive space 4870 512
    graphics synmaster 27 in display 1920x1200 and a raid assembly on the bootcamp win7 which runs like a turtle
    But with parallels or VM ware fusion I am getting 6.0 speed with win 7 ,which is not too bad.
    I like the thread above about upgrading my mac that might be the way to go .
    I will not spend the big bucks on a new mac pro (vintage 2013) and its is big bucks.
    A macbook pro 15.5 maxed out with processor maxed and 512 sad might do a better job on parallels and
    its portable to the shop,but i do need parallel for 3 PC programs
  10. kennyisalive macrumors regular

    Feb 29, 2016
    Don't buy a Mac Pro and get your own custom PC.

    Way better bang for your buck.
  11. filmak macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2012
    between earth and heaven
    The mbp is good enough but if you 're using vm for prolonged time or for heavy processing you have to take in account the thermals, fan noise, and possible throttling.
    Also think twice about the MBP's max ram, is this enough for your VMs and OS X?
  12. vance09 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2009
    Ok again ...thanks
    I am taking the easy way out for now and do nothing, the systems i have will be fine for a few years just thought it would be nice to have something fast and new.
    The new Mac Pro is very expensive if you went hog wild and with apple there is never a deal, i also have a dell workstation so i way ok for awhile
  13. pat500000 macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2015
    Refurbished with education discount. Lol
  14. lowendlinux Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    North Country (way upstate NY)
    But its not a Mac
  15. kennyisalive macrumors regular

    Feb 29, 2016
    If we can start slowly forcing the industry to move away from Mac, it would be a better competitive environment.
  16. AidenShaw macrumors P6


    Feb 8, 2003
    The Peninsula
    #16 say that like it's a bad thing.

    Throw off the Cupertino shackles, get the system that you want - the one that meets your needs now and can up upgraded to meet future needs.

    Or buy an Ipad Pro and adjust your workflow to what the device can do.
  17. lowendlinux Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    North Country (way upstate NY)
    I don't own any Mac's
  18. dechenko1993 macrumors newbie


    Jul 2, 2016
    Los Angeles

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