Poll: What do you use your Mac Pro for?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ActionableMango, May 5, 2017.

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What do you primarily use your Mac Pro for?

  1. Professional - I use the Mac Pro to make a living

    65 vote(s)
    43.0%
  2. Amateur/SemiPro - I use the Mac Pro to make some money on the side

    19 vote(s)
    12.6%
  3. Hobbyist/Enthusiast - I just really like the Mac Pro

    40 vote(s)
    26.5%
  4. Gaming - I like OS X, but wanted a powerful one to game with

    4 vote(s)
    2.6%
  5. General purpose computer

    14 vote(s)
    9.3%
  6. It does server duty

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. HTPC (home theater)

    1 vote(s)
    0.7%
  8. Space heater

    2 vote(s)
    1.3%
  9. Other

    6 vote(s)
    4.0%
  1. ActionableMango macrumors 604

    ActionableMango

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    #1
    What is the primary reason you bought it for or how you use it.
     
  2. FluJunkie macrumors 6502a

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    #2
    Scientific computing, which is what I do for a living.
     
  3. Miguel Cunha macrumors 6502

    Miguel Cunha

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    #3
    Film editing, 4K post-production, Visual Effects compositing.
     
  4. mcnallym macrumors 6502a

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  5. loby macrumors 6502a

    loby

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    #5
    Same
     
  6. irked macrumors member

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    #6
    My macs run projectors and video walls - theater, live music, corporate events, whatever.. The cheese grater is the absolute best mac platform i've found for my needs so far.
     
  7. poematik13 macrumors 6502a

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    #7
    film and tv post production (working and delivering at all resolutions), graphic and web design, general productivity and browsing.
     
  8. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000

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  9. ActionableMango thread starter macrumors 604

    ActionableMango

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    #9
    Well you need the 12-core for that!
     
  10. kipwheeler macrumors member

    kipwheeler

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    #10
    We (used to) get double duty out of it at my household.

    (1) My wife used the mac in molecular biology for modeling/figuring out the folding of proteins and tetanus antibodies, but she always switched to her personal laptop for doing technical writing.

    (2). I use the Mac Pro for prepping class lessons, html-stuff for online classes, and archiving digital images of medieval manuscripts. I've dabbled in amateur graphic design with it, again--mostly for making stuff to add some pizzazz to classroom presentations for my students.

    Unfortunately, the pro is too long in the tooth now (it was a 2008), and I'm reluctant to hackintosh it further, so right now we aren't getting much use from it until either a new Mac Pro design comes out or we break down and switch to an iMac.
     
  11. Flint Ironstag macrumors 6502a

    Flint Ironstag

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    #11
    I have so many...

    - personal workstations
    - servers (time machine, crash plan, caching, software update, OD, file, plex, iTunes, home automation, etc.)
    - enthusiast
    - gaming
    - HTPC
    - other (machine learning, hash cracking, GPGPU)
    --- Post Merged, May 5, 2017 ---
    Have you upgraded this 2008 with max RAM, SSD, and a modern GPU? They are still very capable machines.
     
  12. AidenShaw macrumors P6

    AidenShaw

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    #12
    With slow PCIe, slow USB, slow processors, slow RAM, slow SSDs....

    Hopefully the amigos won't screw up the mMP, and Apple will again make a reasonable high end workstation.

    Until then - listen to the roses, smell the music. The cMP is dying. Desperate attempts to update it to 2013 technology won't save it.
     
  13. flat five macrumors 601

    flat five

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    #13
    the original use for my macPro was for professional use.
    now, it's just taking up space.. not plugged in so not a space heater.
    i guess i'll choose 'other'.. space waster ;)
    --- Post Merged, May 5, 2017 ---
    would you maybe prefer something considerably smaller in those scenarios?
     
  14. ssgbryan macrumors 6502

    ssgbryan

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    #14
    3d Art.

    My workflow simply can't function on any other mac.

    How long I stay with a mac is dependent upon what what the 3 stooges deliver with the mmp.
     
  15. irked macrumors member

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    #15
    What've you got?
     
  16. flat five macrumors 601

    flat five

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    #16
    heh, probably nada.
    just curious if you'd rather use something more portable than toting a cmp around to gigs.
     
  17. OS6-OSX macrumors 6502a

    OS6-OSX

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    California
  18. nnoble macrumors regular

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  19. kartcrg macrumors member

    kartcrg

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    Los Angeles
  20. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020

    BillyBobBongo

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    On The Interweb Thingy!
  21. kipwheeler macrumors member

    kipwheeler

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    #22
    I haven't done the most recent upgrades (last time I upgraded it was 2012), but it's also got some water damage from a spillage incident and some other wear-and-tear issues that make me long for a more current replacment.
     
  22. irked macrumors member

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    #23
    You'd be surprised - once you rack the machine up with all the necessary gear, they're pretty much the same footprint.
     
  23. MSastre macrumors member

    MSastre

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  24. mattspace macrumors 6502

    mattspace

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    #25
    As an Artist, as in traditionally studio trained, with a degree in fine arts, a recipient of nationally funded grants etc (not to brag, but to provide context for a level of professionalism of practice, as opposed to being a hobbyist), I'm one of those edge cases - the work i do requires the heavy lifting of a mac pro (and sometimes a crane), BUT realistically, Art doesnt (reliably) pay bills - the whole "it's a pro machine, so you should be able to afford it if you're a pro" just doesn't apply. Leases, financing etc, they're just not part of the world I work in. Peacemeal upgrading, when the financials suit me is pretty much a necessity.
     

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