Mac Pro - Which Xeon?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by shoe11, Aug 14, 2006.

  1. shoe11 macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2005
    Not sure how to make this into a poll, but for those of you who have already ordered/received your Mac Pro which speed Xeons did you opt for? Presently I'm torn over spending the extra $$$ for the 3.0's vs. the std 2.66's. Anyway curious what other people decided to go with.

  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Unless you do a lot of CPU-intensive stuff like rendering files all day, then the best bang-for-the-buck is the 2.66GHz machine.

    Spending money on memory still nets a larger boost in net speed than the same money spent on the CPU cycle bump.

    Of course degrading to 2.0GHz is just silly, since Apple set the sweet spot at 2.66GHz.
  3. milozauckerman macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2005
    A savings that benefits Apple more than you is still a savings.

    If you intend to ever play a game in Wondws, moving from the 2.66 to the 2.0 almost saves you enough to get the X1900 (should the wait become reasonable), or if you're working with large media files it covers your upgrade to 2GB of memory.
  4. amac4me macrumors 65816


    Apr 26, 2005
    I agree with that comment. Use any money you save by sticking with the 2.66 towards any upgrades such as RAM, graphics, or disk space. Good luck with your decision.
  5. cjkihlbom macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2006
    I went with the 3 GHz. Steve promised we would have 3 GHz a year ago, and I've been waiting. So when they announced it now, I couldn't resist :)

    This is my setup (yet to be delivered):

    3.00 GHz Quad Xeon
    4GB 667 DDR2 FB DIMM ECC - 4x1GB
    ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB SDRAM
    Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT 256MB
    250GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s drive @ 7200 rpm
    16x SuperDrive DL (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Both Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and AirPort Extreme
    Apple Keyboard and Mighty Mouse
    Apple Cinema HD Display (23" flat panel)
    AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac Pro

    To that I'll add two 20" Cinema Displays and three WD Raptor 10k RPM 150 Gb drives in a RAID 0. I also ordered the nicely matching Altec Lansing FX-6021 speakers.

    Can't wait to set it all up!
  6. adiddas125 macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2006
    WOW :eek: Nice setup! Makes my MB look like a little toy.
  7. Clydefrog macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2006
    why two video cards? I believe the ATi has 2 DVI ports. Man i wish i could have that system:eek:
  8. nsknike macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2005

    Sorry to tell you this but you can't use the ATI 1900, with the Nvidia 7300. Apple has stated that. Other than that, great machine.
  9. shoe11 thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2005
    And here I am having issues with the 3.0 upgrade price! :D
  10. cjkihlbom macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2006
    Because I'll be using 3 displays... one 23" ACD and two 20" ACD :)

    Yes, it will work just fine. We discussed it in this thread. I had a friend of mine at WWDC try it together with an Apple Engineer.
  11. nsknike macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2005
    Hmm, ok thats news to me, thanks for the info.

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