Mac Pro Octad 3.2 (2008) or Mac Pro Octad 2.66 (2009)?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by DeepCobalt, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. DeepCobalt macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2007
    Over and around
    So I can get an old 3.2 for $3800 (NEW, edu pricing) from the apple store near me, or a new (2009) Octad 2.66. According to the stats, these machines are very comparable. I looked w/edu pricing, that the machines come out roughly even pricewise when configured as I want. The 2009 is like a couple hundred more-- $4300 vs $4500.

    Which is the better bet?
  2. KD7IWP macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2004
    American living in Canada
    Get the 2009 Nehalem. All the benchmarks I've seen so far show that it is significantly faster, even at a lower clock speed. For only $200, I'd say it's worth it. Especially since the Nehalem's have hyper threading which really helps. It might even be worthwhile to look at a 2.93 Quad 2009.
  3. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

    Genghis Khan

    Jun 3, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    Go for the the Nehalem one

    the few times that the 3.2GHz may be faster will be compensated by the future proofing.
  4. MCHR macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2009
    Beat your store down further on pricing. Seriously. An Apple rep near me has four 3.2s, asking $3499, and that's just the discounted pricing since the 2009s have been released.

    Online, they're even cheaper.

    But I'm in the same dilemma, considering the 3.2 vs. the 2.66 octo.

    I might justify the 3.2 savings now, but if I keep this Mac Pro for 4-5 years, that savings is spread out over that time, making the Nehalem more future proof and current.

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