MP vs. nMP in Europe

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by barmann, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. barmann macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2010
    I'm German, and have a bit of a problem .

    The original MacPro has not been for sale in Europe for about a year, and can't be purchased new any longer.

    As the owner of an MP 3.1, this puts me in a tough spot .
    I can keep my old MP, hoping it won't break down anytime soon, get a used 4.1/5.1, or buy the nMP plus a bunch of dongles, hubs and a couple of drive enclosures .

    Which might or might not work properly - the nMP doesn't seem quite ready yet, and will take a year or two to figure whether it is a suitable replacement , mainly due to the unknown capabilty and usabilty of USB 3.0 on the Mac, of TB in general, and the questionable quality and design of OSX Lion and its successors .

    As a matter of fact, it appears that both TB and USB 3.0 have never been a solid and mainstream replacement of FW/USB 2.0 on any Mac as of now .

    Hence, I'm wondering what my fellow Euro MacPro users are considering right now, when the nMP is the only new MacPro one can buy over here .
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm not in Europe nor do I have a MP (though I've owned them in the past). From your post, it sounds like you've made up your mind to hold off and are looking for some justification.

    My $.02 is that waiting is probably the best bet, as you get a chance to see how the nMP shakes out. If you're current oMP appears to be on its way out, then get a used MP to tied you over for a year or two.
  3. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    Hmm, what problems could USB 3 introduce? From my understanding it's backwards compatible with USB 2, the only difference would be the speed.

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