New Mac Pro -- not all is bad

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by akadmon, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. akadmon macrumors 68020

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    I'm about to order a new 3.33GHz 6-core with Radeon 5870 for $2943 (corporate discount price). With another $168, I'll have 20GB (2+2+8+8) RAM in it, which is 8 more than I have in my current MP. I thought I was going to have to spend at least $1000 more. Admittedly, I'm getting less than I thought I would get, but what I am getting is still more than enough for me. Coming from a 1,1 what's there not to like?
     
  2. Amethyst macrumors 6502

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    Believe me akadmon buy 2nd hand 4,1 and upgrade yourself.

    It much cheaper.
     
  3. akadmon thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I'm not very adventurous when it comes to this sort of stuff. If someone will do it for me and give me a 3-year warranty (for a price of Applcare), then yes. Otherwise not worth the risk.
     
  4. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    So 1 dude is happy. Great job Apple. 1 million crying.
     
  5. akadmon thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Surely you exaggerate. Or is Thy name Legion?
     
  6. G51989 macrumors 68030

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    Because it lacks industry standards, like SATAIII, USB 3.0.

    No good GPU options, no dual GPU options.

    Still raped on Ram if you buy from apple.

    All is bad with the Mac Pro.
     
  7. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    I was tongue in cheeking the Facebook poll. The hex is awesome. I've had mine for 2 years. You are just in the minority of having a level head and having the announcement work out in your favor.
     
  8. theSeb macrumors 604

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    I see that they've actually decreased the price of the RAM upgrade, but it still costs £80 to upgrade from 4 GB to 8 GB on normal MBPs. That's actually in line with the likes of Dell and HP, but you can save yourself some cash by doing it yourself.
     
  9. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    One thing you should consider:

    Buying a Mac Pro now, you buy a computer where you are:

    Unable to upgrade CPU
    Unable to upgrade GPU (with official cards)
    Unable to get USB3 (without sacrificing PCIe-slots)
    Unable to get Thunderbolt (no PCIe card for Mac afaik)
    Unable to have SATA 3 (without tinkering)

    Sure the Mac Pro is cheaper now. But is that good value for your money?
     
  10. applefan289 macrumors 68000

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    Since it wasn't announced in the Keynote itself, I wasn't expecting any Mac Pro update. Something is better than nothing.

    I would have liked to see more updates on the Mac Pro, though. It seems to be more of an afterthought for Apple compared to their other devices.

    Also, the Mac Pro is for the specialized workstation crowd. Most people go for the Mac Mini or iMac. I guess they feel the people going for Mac Pros do their own upgrading and have a professional setup. They may not find it worth the investment to include all these bells and whistles if the main audience is advanced computer users who want to customize.
     
  11. AppleInMyBlood macrumors regular

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    One million people were seriously considering buying a Mac Pro? Massive exaggeration.
     
  12. spacedesign911 macrumors regular

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    Im a Mac Pro 1.1 user too, and a little shocked by the developments today. I believe this is the last of the current Mac Pro, and a new one will be with is next year.

    However life goes on, I need to upgrade and nearly pulled the rigger over the last few weeks on the refurb store options. So for me like the OP here, this brings some clarity and finality to the choices I have.

    The price drops on the single hex, the ram, and the sdd allow me to cto and get working on a new machine cheaper than the refurb store non cto options.
     
  13. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    I don't think so..a million really isn't that many computers..

    I was one of the million had there been a real update but since we had I dunno what you call it I'll just keep the Hack.
     
  14. akadmon thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Woohoo -- going to pick up my brand spanking new 6-core on the 22nd!

    Anyone know if the store will credit me for the kb and the mouse? I don't need either.
     

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  15. scottsjack macrumors 68000

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    Isn't that what you got, no Mac Pro update? Dropping the base quad and upping the 12-core to slightly higher but nowhere near what is available rates as not an update in my book. I could right now order the same machine I bought (and really love using) almost two years ago.
     
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    Hey, congrats bro! Also, I don't think they will refund your kb or mouse, because you purchased them in a bundle. However, I've been wrong before! :D. I would ask a person in the setup team, saying you go that route. I bet the 22nd can't come fast enough!
     
  17. Wild-Bill macrumors 68030

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    He'll probably get something from Apple, for being the only person to order one of these old-tech machines.
     
  18. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    Ask if you can swap them / add something else? I got a free apple bluetooth keyboard thrown in when I bought my macbook in 2007 at the apple store.
     
  19. Simplicated macrumors 65816

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    For instance, a "thank you for being scammed on an age-old machine" letter.
     
  20. Ve3tro macrumors member

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    Apple: Since you're a loyal Mac Pro user please beta test our 2013 model. :D
     
  21. Simplicated macrumors 65816

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    Which is exactly the same as the current one.
     
  22. akadmon thread starter macrumors 68020

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    No worries mate. In a couple of years I'll sell this age-old POS for maybe a grand less than what I paid for it, and move to the next thing, whereas you'll be lucky to get $500 for your MBP. Keep waiting and keep cooking your thighs, while I enjoy the fastest Mac money can buy today.
     
  23. beaker7 macrumors 6502a

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    Except for the 12 core models in multithreaded tasks and the MacBook Pros in single threaded tasks.

    You do though have the fastest single socket Mac Pro that money can buy.
     
  24. Baytriple macrumors 6502

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    Ha ha keep on convincing yourself as its just not washing with us.

    Only kidding. I have been toying with getting the same machine, until ML comes out my Mac Pro 2,1. Will just have to do.
     
  25. akadmon thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Not so sure about the MBP. The 3.33GHz Xeons are turbo boosted to 3.6GHz vs. 3.7GHz for the MBP. I bet my MP will be able to maintain the max speed for a lot longer than a MBP, which will quickly get throtled back to 2.6GHz (while my MP settles out at 3.3GHz).

    Yeah, the 12-core is the fastest Mac in GB tests, but I don't encode video or mutitrack audio, so for what I do the 6-core is the fastest Mac I could buy. Spending an extra $800-$2000 would be a waste in my situation.
     

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