MP 2008 getting old, anything worth the upgrade?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by roblin, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. roblin macrumors regular

    Apr 5, 2007
    My MP(see signature) has been working great for 3years, been on 24/7 for most of the time with 8cpus avg around ~20%. I use it for work so I have loved the power it gave me which at that time had amazing value . But time passes and I still use my comp for work and some extra horsepower from 2011 would be nice. But the current lineup seems like nothing special compared to what I have, like the time to migrate would cost me more hours than the gain by perfomance. I am finding me looking at Sandy Bridge PCs(work is in windows) which might not have the # of cores at least have the # of hertz.

    What's your upgrade plan?
  2. calderone macrumors 68040


    Aug 28, 2009
    I just posted a similar thread.

    I have thought about it and I think I am going to sell off my Mac Pro and go for a refurb 6-core. The 2.8 and 3.2 Quads are basically on par with my 2008, so the hex seems like the best upgrade path.

    Will probably throw in 16GB and a couple of SSDs.
  3. robrose20 macrumors 6502


    Jun 5, 2007
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    If you are going to get the 6 core for an extra $1200 why not go with the 8 core 2.4 ghz westmere?
  4. nerdo macrumors regular


    Dec 18, 2010
    Get the cheapest 5,1 mc and buy the memory CPU board for the dual... I got the 8 core and with 2.4 ghz I think I would have been better of with the hex for general use. Not much on a mac actually uses the 8 core as well as CS5, so raw power on 6 cores is better. Will get two 3.33 hex's when they drop in price.

    The nice thing about the dual is you can add 32gb instead of 16GB
  5. Transporteur macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2008
    The SP version supports 32GB as well.
  6. nerdo macrumors regular


    Dec 18, 2010
    I guess that makes my mac dealer either ignorant or a bastard who sold me the 8 core because it was in stock :)

  7. Danekero macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2011
    The dual actually supports 64GB, so the reason is still there.
  8. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Sounds like you have done most everything to upgrade it. If it doesn't do what you want now or you want it to be done faster, time for a new machine.

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