Mac Pro 3.1 Updating

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Merv'sG5, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. Merv'sG5 macrumors newbie

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    Hello All,

    I have bitten the bullet and bought myself a used Mac Pro 3.1, after having a Powermac G5 Quad Core for many years. I have done a lot of updating to the machine! But what I would like to know if the NVidia Quadro FX 4800 is a good GFX card or is there something better! And do you think there is something else I should update to my machine. I would love to hear your advice!

    Thanks in advance,
    Merv Stent

    Hardware Overview:

    Model Name: Mac Pro
    Model Identifier: MacPro3,1
    Processor Name: Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz
    Number of Processors: 2
    Total Number of Cores: 8
    L2 Cache (per Processor): 12 MB
    Memory: 16 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.6 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: MP31.006C.B05
    SMC Version (system): 1.25f4
    Serial Number (system): YM837039XYK
    Hardware UUID: 785F8F2E-3544-591A-9A29-14B56F385A59

    NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800:

    Chipset Model: NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800
    Type: GPU
    Bus: PCIe
    Slot: Slot-1
    PCIe Lane Width: x16
    VRAM (Total): 1792 MB
    Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de)
    Device ID: 0x05fe
    Revision ID: 0x00a1
    ROM Revision: yoyomarvª
    Displays:
    Cinema HD:
    Display Type: LCD
    Resolution: 2560 x 1600
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Display Serial Number: CY6080WHUG1
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Rotation: Supported
    Cinema HD:
    Display Type: LCD
    Resolution: 2560 x 1600
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Display Serial Number: CY7231AQXMP
    Main Display: Yes
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Rotation: Supported
     

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  2. Robert Davies macrumors 6502

    Robert Davies

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    What do you want to do with the Mac?

    That will help with recommendations - if any :)
     
  3. Merv'sG5 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hello Robert,

    I would like to know how much more power I can get out of my Mac Pro, and I want to be able to use it for the next few years until I can afford the new Mac Pro! But overall I am very happy with my Mac Pro and happy to switch from my PPC machine to Intel, something I thought I would never do!

    Thanks in advance,
    Merv Stent
     
  4. Robert Davies macrumors 6502

    Robert Davies

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    Hello Merv,

    Once upon a time your video card was in the region of 1300+ USD. It was the weapon of choice for Adobe Premiere use (Video editing). The card is still VERY handy today.

    You can never have enough memory, but that must be tempered by the fact that 3,1s use very expensive memory.

    Having carefully analysed a few interchanges on here (Macrumors forums) a processor upgrade for the 3,1 is economical in some markets, not so much, in others. The process is discussed here:

    http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/systems/2008_MacPro_Dual_X5482s.htm

    There used to be concerns over extra heat generation, but with careful heatsink paste application, the faster processors may indeed run cooler than the originals.

    As far as drives go, you've got four drive sleds there - fill 'em up! - Pop an SSD in the machine and see it fly!

    To my mind, the earlier Mac Pros are still very capable machines with careful upgrades.
     
  5. makaveli559m macrumors 6502

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    Wow you are going to be able to use that computer for a long, long time, you have really good specs on it.
     
  6. Robert Davies macrumors 6502

    Robert Davies

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    He's not wrong Merv - just use the Mac and see how you get on - I'd be extremely pleased if I found a machine of that spec on the desk in my study in the morning ;)
     
  7. Merv'sG5 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hello All,

    Thanks for replying to my thread! I really thought my Mac Pro was very out dated by today's standards! I hope to add an SSD in the future, but I am really pleased that you think the machine is still very useful!

    Thanks in advance,
    Merv Stent
     
  8. Macman45 macrumors G5

    Macman45

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    It could easily be turned into effectively a 5.1 Hex, buy upgrading the CPU. Don't be fooled by the age of these MP's...They are still very powerful machines.
     
  9. Marty62 macrumors 6502

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    That's a great machine you have Merv :)

    I have been using one for over 4 years and REALLY pushing it hard in a music
    recording and processing situation.

    Looking at your setup, I think the only things that would benefit would be
    perhaps a USB 3.0 PCI card and an SSD "boot" drive.

    It would really fly then and have fast connection / transfer to newer USB3.0
    devices.

    Enjoy :)
    Martin.
     

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