my huge Mac Pro just arrived!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mward333, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. mward333 macrumors 6502a

    mward333

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    My mac pro arrived this week; it was discussed earlier in this thread:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=296691

    It has 3 of the Apple Cinema Displays, each 30 inches. (I'm using the simple GeForce cards, because I don't do anything with fast graphics... I'm computing.) This is the 8-core Mac Pro, with 16 GB of RAM (8 sticks from Ramjet, 2 GB each) and 4 TB of hard drives (4 Seagate drives, 1 TB each), 2 Superdrives, 2 Kensington mice, and 2 Matias Tactile Pro keyboards (still waiting for those to arrive).

    I could have bought 32 GB of RAM, but the 4 GB sticks of RAM are much, much more expensive than the 2 GB sticks at this point in time. So I settled for 16 GB of RAM.

    Now I can get some serious computing done. In case you were wondering, the answer is "no", I don't play games on it.... when I have free time, I just go home to be with my kids instead.
     
  2. mward333 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    pictures

    By the way, our classes start on Monday (I'm a professor), so my office is a mess, and I haven't had a chance to take a picture yet. There are wires and cords (and stacks of research papers) everywhere!
     
  3. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Congrats on the setup, very nice, any chance of pictures.
     
  4. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Were you not expecting the Mac Pro to be the size that it is?
     
  5. mward333 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I knew exactly what it would be (I measured the physical size; I chose the memory configuration, etc.). It was everything I had hoped for!

    It's just awesome to finally have it here, helping me do my research.
     
  6. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Yes, Mac Pros are fun. I'm sure glad I own one.
     
  7. crazycat macrumors 65816

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    Congrats on your order, i hope it is everything you expected it to be and more.

    May i ask why do you need that much RAM? i always wonder what software needs that much.
     
  8. mward333 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm using Maple for some computing tasks, and I also write lots of small programs to compute in C++ (sometimes multithreaded). I do the kinds of things that can be run in parallel, so I can have several tasks running at once.

    In other words, I don't have just one large process, but rather I can have several small processes running at once.
     
  9. Marley macrumors member

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    what are you a professor of, and where do you teach?
     
  10. David G. macrumors 6502a

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    Why do you need 2 sets? Do you have four hands or something?:D
     
  11. mward333 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not absolutely sure about how the configuration will work in my office.... My original plan was to have a keyboard on each desk (the monitors span two desks; the desks are in an L-shaped configuration). I'm still working on things. As I mentioned, it's a mess here right now.
     
  12. mward333 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    PM sent, advertising my department... maybe Marley is a potential student!
     
  13. I'm a ROb macrumors member

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    pictures?

    Hi,

    Any pictures yet? I'm very anxious to see them!

    I'm doing a PhD in physics and I'm just jealous my professor doesn't buy a set up like that. Our group recently bought a intel xeon 8 core something (don't remember the brand, but it isn't :apple:) for FDTD. It's making a lot of noise and it's decided to put it into my lab :mad:. Damn, even the equipement for my experiments don't make that much noise! I so wish that we bought a mac pro....
     
  14. mward333 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My MacPro is honestly as quiet as can be.... in fact, I am amazed at how quiet it is. I have it running all the time, with all three monitors, and I don't even notice any noise difference when I boot it up or shut it down. Truly remarkable.

    I'm sorry that I still haven't posted any pictures.... I'm sure that you can appreciate how busy us professors are during the days before school starts (our university starts on Monday). This week, I was grading the Ph.D. students' qualifying examinations, etc., ugh!
     
  15. Willis macrumors 68020

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    Congrats on your purchase. I was following your earlier thread when you were throwing ideas around for what to get.

    Look forward to the pics!
     
  16. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    I've heard they're quite expensive. A WoW subscription is much cheaper, especially if you pay for blocks up-front.
     
  17. mward333 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You said, "I've heard they're quite expensive", and if the word "they" refers to the kids, then you are right. They are expensive.... but they are priceless too. I don't know what I would do without them! I must have been bored before I have kids, because they are involved in every part of life.
     
  18. samh004 macrumors 68020

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    Pictures or it never happened :p

    If you'd like, you could post a screenshot too, showing us how many posts per page you can read on MR, alongside your system profiler :D
     
  19. sbluetruck macrumors regular

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    dang.... and i thought the comp in my sig was fast.....
     
  20. Multimedia macrumors 603

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    My 12 Cores of Chaos

    You mean like this? My 12 cores in chaos:
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  21. atari1356 macrumors 68000

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    That's quite a setup! Three 30" monitors. :eek:

    Congrats, and have fun with it. :)

    EDIT: quite the setup you have too Multimedia. Folding table desk FTW! (I used to use one too). Looks like you and I both need to clean our desks. ;)
     
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    Wait 'til one of them wrecks your car. LOL :p
     
  24. mward333 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Multimedia--I had to laugh when I saw that desk! Yes, my desk looks something like that right now too....

    By the way, I was following your thread about waiting for the new motherboards and processors, but I just couldn't wait. I have some things that I simply must get done right now, so I had to go ahead and make the jump. I bought a "Franken Mac"--isn't that what you would call it? :)
     
  25. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    WOW! and i thought I was bad Multi! that pic takes the cake easily.

    i'm going to clean my office right now for fear of mine turning into yours before I get too busy.

    That's a compliment by the way b/c i'm busy, but not that busy! :)

    Cheers,
    Keebler
     

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