Mac Pro V Mac Pro Server Specs

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by jgbr, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. jgbr macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2007

    Should a mac pro server have less speed and more grunt, whereas a workstation have more speed and less grunt?

    Thoughts and feelings on it

    ( I have to deploy some osx servers but a master workstation does a huge amount of work, so trying to spend the cash best)
  2. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
  3. seb-opp macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2008
    Define 'grunt'
  4. jgbr thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2007
    Well it would be intresting to see what others say but

    Grunt in perhaps , Dual CPU, lower speed


    One CPU higher Speed
  5. Vylen macrumors 65816

    Jun 3, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Just look into the debates about whether to get the 6-core 3.33Ghz Mac Pro or the 8-core 2.4Ghz Mac Pro.

    There's been enough of people saying what they think :p
  6. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    If we are talking cores contra speed, then it all boils down to what software you will be using.

    For the server though, definitely go with more cores as it will be able to handle consecutive connections without trouble.
  7. JollyJoeJoe macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2011

    It's best to have both more grunt and speed for either :)

    Otherwise it depends on the applications you use, if your apps take full advantage of multi-core/parallel processing than you would gain more from
    dual procs at lower speed than one at high. For servers it's always high i/o, multiple requests and threads, so the more cores and RAM the merrier.
  8. jgbr thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2007
    So low spec - as many cores for server

    for workstation high core speeds
  9. linuxcooldude macrumors 68020

    Mar 1, 2010
    You also need to look at what environment & how many people are going to access that server.

    Small businesses don't need much, obviously larger companies need more. You can see this with the Mac Mini which they sell as a server or the Mac Pro for high usage needs.

    I would think large companies need more ram and cores then speed alone.
  10. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    It really, really depends on what your platform and application is. NO ONE can give you good advise without knowing those two things. You probably want a consultant to help you design this properly if you aren't an expert.
  11. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    Why wouldn't you use the same metrics you use for any other software?

    How much CPU does the stuff you're serving require? How much disk space? How fast of disk?

    I'm not sure why using a machine as a server makes some special case. Figure out what your server software needs.
  12. jonnymo5 macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2008
    Totally depends on what software you want to run and expected number of users. Also does it have to be OSX?

    Mac Pro isn't an ideal full time server since you are spending money on video card, Bluetooth, I/O ports,airport, etc.
  13. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    I don't really agree with this. The costs for Bluetooth an Airport are insignificant, and if you're a small shop, you'll want a GPU in your server (just not a high end one.)

    And less I/O ports for a server? Servers should have plenty of I/O ports, especially when you need to do diagnostics. Yeah, maybe the Mac Pro comes with a few too many USB ports, but that's not the worst problem to have.

    No more rack mount is kind of a killjoy, but not every shop uses racks anyway.

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