New Mac Pro v Old

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by englishman, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. englishman macrumors 6502a


    Nov 6, 2006
    Considering buying a new base Mac Pro next month - to replace my slow Mini


    buying a used 3.33 6 core old model with SSD

    - the 6 core is way cheaper in the UK but would there be a massive difference in everyday apps and games?

    Any advice appreciated
  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    We pondered this a lot, but in the end decided that as nice as the new design is, it just doesn't lend itself to user upgrades.

    So...We bought MP 5.1 Hex from scrumpymacs. Warrantied, and although it came with a 5770 G.board, we can slide it open and put in a new one at any time.

    Looking closely at what we know as yet about the new one, you are going to have a tough time getting in and adding drives, RAM etc etc.

    We are always changing SSD / HDD configs, so the old design just makes more sense.

    I like the new design, and the top spec will carry a lot of punch...Just need to know I can easily get in and swap stuff around.
  3. Conskier2003 macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2013
    Denver, CO
    I run a 2009 8-core mac pro and it runs great still. I regularly will run photoshop, premiere, indesign, mail, pages, and my file sharing services, along with safari all at the same time with no slow down. If you plan on gaming you'll want one of the newer ones because the graphics card setup is WAY faster.
  4. Macsonic, Nov 18, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2013

    Macsonic macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2009
    In my opinion I would go for the tower Mac Pro 3.33ghz 6 core. I needed the internal storage and have the option to add a second video card later if needed. For the new 2013 black cylinder Mac Pro, it's a first generation architecture and design so we are not sure if there are bugs. Pricing and costs comes are also a major factor. The new 2013 MPro comes with 2 video cards as others commented, are suitable for users who need 2 videocards for a 4-6 monitor setup. If you will just utilized one GPU you would be paying for the extra unused GPU. But if you are using multiple monitors, then the new Mac Pro may be perfect for you. The 256 SSD storage is too small so most likely you would upgrade to a larger storage at a higher cost. Plus the costs external storage as backups.

    If you're considering the New Mac Pro, after its released, probably wait for a few months to first get feedbacks from other users. Another note is the power supply of the new Mac Pro is 450watts, it's CPU is 130 watts plus 2 fast GPUs power consumption estimated at 200 watts each. Though may be a typo error on Apple's website so best we wait and see when it is released and maybe the PSU is just fine.
  5. rodedwards macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2010
    Read this thread !

    I was in similar situation a few weeks ago.

    I've upgraded the internals of my 2009 Mac Pro and very happy with lots of spare cash.

    I'm not impressed that the black 2013 Mac Pro is so un-upgradable. It will be its downfall as it's expensive and the older design was far more versatile.
  6. Phildo macrumors member


    Nov 14, 2011
    Perth, Western Australia
    If you can get a good deal on a Mac Pro with a 3.33GHz processor then buy it straight away.

    The new Mac Pro is expensive. Wait until they are at least $1,000 cheaper refurbished.
  7. englishman thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 6, 2006
    Used ones aren't as cheap as I thought - with academic discount there's just a few hundred pounds in it.

    May as well get a new one.
  8. crescentmoon52 macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2011
    Mac pro

    I was in that situation a while back waiting to see what the new mac pro would be like. I decided to purchase a 2010 mac pro and I have not regretted the purchase decision. Now I am considering ssd to increase speed. When I looked at the additional cost of external pci expansion and drive expansion, I figured the cost would be well over $5000 to $6000.
  9. englishman thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 6, 2006
    In the UK new (with discount or rururbs) is 2k - old ones go for about 1.5k

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