Mac Pro Suitable?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by axu539, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. axu539 macrumors 6502a

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    So I'll be in the market for a new Mac soon, and I was wondering about which direction I should go in. I'm currently using a late '08 unibody MacBook Pro, and the 9400m has been causing flickering, and frankly, the 2.4 GHz C2D is starting to be a little sluggish for my taste.

    I primarily use my system for media. I stream Netflix and Hulu, but more importantly, I rip a lot of movies and do a lot of Handbrake conversion. I also do some Matlab work. I've been sitting tight waiting for the Sandy Bridge MBPs to show up, but I got to thinking. I don't really go mobile that often, and I know that a Mac Pro would handle video conversion a lot better. A decently spec'ed (to my liking) Mac Pro will, however, cost almost $1000 more than a fully spec'ed MBP. I was wondering if the difference in performance and my specific needs warrant spending the extra money on a workstation. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. NorCalLights macrumors 6502a

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    iMac i7? They're screamers, and it sounds like the perfect "in between" option for you. More powerful than a MBP, less expensive than a Mac Pro (and you get a free monitor!).
     
  3. axu539 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The problem with an iMac is that I already have a display, and adding an iMac to my setup would simply get rid of any desk room I had left. If it is a better option for me though, I could consider simply selling my current display. Would the quad-core iMac come anywhere near a 6/8 core Mac Pro in Handbrake, in terms of performance?
     
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    I would say the quad iMac would be definitely comparable to either of the quad MPs, but the 6 core and probably the 8 core would be a bit faster. The problem there is that you would be spending a huge amount of money on a system to rip stuff with handbrake. The difference between the core 2 in your MBP and the i7 in the iMac would be quite amazing, but I think the difference between the iMac and MP would be less so. If you really want that kind of power to use handbrake, I'd just build a 6-core i7 PC, which will be a load cheaper than a specced up Mac Pro.

    I suppose that is to say, sure a Pro would be suitable, but not so much practical.
     
  5. axu539 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Is there a performance benefit with the Xeon over a regular 6 core i7?

    I've also heard that due to their expandability and upgradeability, Mac Pros also hold better resale value. Is this true?
     
  6. santaliqueur macrumors 6502a

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    iMacs also hold their resale value quite well, just as all other Macs.

    I have the i7 27" just before the most current refresh, and it screams. Went from a Mac Pro quad 2.66 with tons of ram, and 2 24" panels. I wanted to keep my own displays, but I finally went with the iMac because it had a better screen than I could find anywhere else, and had much more horsepower. I love my iMac.
     
  7. MacHamster68, Feb 3, 2011
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    in therms of resale value definitely the MacPros are a great investment and expandability anyway with the iMac you are limited to externals for everything ,the 8core / 12 core MacPros are the way to go which have the westmare xeons which are faster then the old nehalems and run circles around them but they cost quiet a substantial amount more the 8 core is about £1000 more then a i7 iMac 27" and for the 12 core you get two iMac 27" i7 with cash to spare , but the price seem not to bother you otherwise you would not have even asked about a MacPro as even the base Macpro with the old quad nehalem inside is more expensive the the i7 iMac

    but ther is no need to buy a iMac only for the display , apple sells the cinema display which is exact the same
     
  8. axu539 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the responses everyone! I think I'm now leaning toward a quad iMac. I will still be waiting for the Sandy Bridge refreshes to take place, though, so I can see what the MacBook Pros and the iMacs will have to offer this year.
     
  9. Loa macrumors 65816

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    Hello,

    Waiting for Sandy Bridge, may take a while with the recall. How soon do you want your new Mac?

    Loa
     

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