Mac pro i7?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by HSJR, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. HSJR macrumors member

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    Hi all,

    I like to know the capabillity of the new mac pro in running windows games. I am thinking about buying the new mac pro, but I am not sure about its performance while running pc games. Actually if mac osx offers games similar to windows games, I won't bother asking or installing windows at my mac.

    my second question is vista capable to read two i7 processors? Or I should stick to one only?

    I want a mac, but I love pc games
    I need little help; will anyone help me, please?
     
  2. Pika macrumors 68000

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  3. jmpage2 macrumors 68030

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    What's it matter? Maybe he's a gamer with a lot of $$$ who likes OS X.
     
  4. HSJR thread starter macrumors member

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    I am a gamer, but I am using mac osx in daily activity; example reading/sending mails, iwork, networking,..etc.

    to be honest I do not like vista, & I do not want to spend a lot of money for machine that I will use for gaming only
     
  5. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816

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    There are a few games of note on OSX (WoW and BF2142, correct me if I am wrong), but for gaming it probably would be better to boot with vista/xP/7. On a MacPro at least. And from my expiriences gaming, buying an Octo-core for gaming wouldn't e the best idea - in fact, a MacPro for gaming may not be the best idea. There's a link around here (which I cannot find) that did give benchmarks to Mac games.... Oh well.

    If you absolutly need OSX for something that requires a huge amount of processing power then the Pro is for you. It can handle games, but for the money (and if gaming is your main concern), you would be better off buying or building your own Windows/Linux dual-boot machine for greater performance per dollar.

    And to answer your other question, yes, Vista should recognize all the processors.... Although technically we're talking about Xeons, not i7:p
     
  6. HSJR thread starter macrumors member

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    mainly I will use it for pc games, but I prefer to have mac pro over any other pc desktop
     
  7. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    The single quad core 2.66GHz with 3GB of memory and the Radeon 4870 would probably be fine. Personally I'd get the 6GB of memory option (or by it from a third party) and I'd run Vista off another hard drive rather than through bootcamp.
     
  8. HSJR thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you for the clarifications; what you've said about mac games is absoltley right. There are many reasons why I prefer mac over pc. the desktop looks really ugly, while the mac pro will be looks great at my desk. mac has better services than the pc, also I am planning to buy 30" display. there are so many reasons made me think that mac pro is the best option for me.
     
  9. HSJR thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks; but can you analyse it for me, because i could not understand. I appologize :confused:
     
  10. HSJR thread starter macrumors member

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    I am thinking about single quad core 2.93, 8gb ram & radon 4870. will you think that would be enough to play latest pc game at reasonable frame rate?
     
  11. iRabbit macrumors 6502

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    Honestly? I use Macs for work day-in and day-out and have really come to hate Windows (and I'm a geek, not afraid of Windows). Personally, I like keeping the gaming on a console and away from the computer. I know there are more mods and better graphics on the computer side of gaming, but I personally prefer a big screen TV, surround sound and laying back in bed while I play.

    It's also a much cheaper alternative in the end - and a lot less headaches.

    Just a thought.
     
  12. Igantius macrumors 65816

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    Yes.
     
  13. HSJR thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for your comment, but I never liked gaming consoles. My favourite games are strategy, which never released in any gaming console. take for an example red alert3, total war series, etc. My main issue is; do mac pro able to run latest windows games at reasonable fps or not?
     
  14. Infrared macrumors 68000

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    Yes, but you'll need the right edition. One of these:

    Vista Business.
    Vista Ultimate.
    Vista Enterprise.
     
  15. HSJR thread starter macrumors member

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    that's really cool answer
     
  16. HSJR thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for the advice, I will decide later.
     
  17. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    Don't bother with 8GB of memory. You won't use 8GB with games or tasks you are suggesting and you will find memory performance is slower (see any of the numerous threads on it or go to barefeats.com). If you do ever find yourself in a position where having only 6GB is detremental to your computing experience then upgrade.

    Depending on the resolution you intend to game at the 2.93Ghz upgrade will likely be insignificant. You will probably find yourself limited by the graphics card at higher resolutions and even at lower ones typical benchmarks show only a 5-8% performance increase over the 2.66GHz.

    If you plan on gaming at 2560x1600 on a 30" monitor then I'd have a good look at the 4870s performance on the types of games you want to play. I certainly wouldn't buy a Mac Pro for gaming at that resolution.
     
  18. Pika macrumors 68000

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    YES! and much faster then an i7.

    ...But using the "cadillac of computers" just for gaming is a total waste of time, money & power IMO. :mad:
    You could build a hackintosh with an i7 processor but it wouldn't be as fast and stable as the Xeon processor.
     
  19. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    Core i7s are the same as Xeons for performance. With games however an i7 system is likely to offer better performance as they won't be using ECC memory, can be overclocked, have faster memory and better graphics card options.

    If you were refering to two Xeon processors then they are not of any use for current games and offer nothing a quad core wouldn't.
     
  20. HSJR thread starter macrumors member

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    I will take your advice for the ram & processor & GPU, also I must say that I will not take 30" for gaming purpose, but for watching movies. Since my friends store the latest movies & series in a hard disk. That we share it together.
     
  21. HSJR thread starter macrumors member

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    Money will be wasted today or tomorrow; it is better to waste in something that can stand for life time!
     
  22. HSJR thread starter macrumors member

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    I am not going to overclock my processor, but you bring to my attention very important point. can I upgrade any part in mac pro?
     
  23. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    You could replace the processor, graphics card, memory, hard drives, optical drives. Obviously you can't replace the logic board and memory and graphics cards are limited by what Apple support.
     
  24. Animalk macrumors 6502

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    I am very seriously debating between this setup and a high end imac. I love OS X and I have no need for Windows in my life anymore. It's just the premium price is a little hard to swallow at the moment.
     

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