Possible Upgrade to new Mac Pro... Opinions needed

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ildondeigiocchi, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. ildondeigiocchi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2007
    Hey guys so here's the issue. My current Mac Pro specs are as follows:

    2 X Intel Xeon 2.66GHZ Quad-core processors
    6 GB RAM
    2 Optical Disc Drives (DVD)
    ATI Radeon 4870
    Intel X-25M G2 SSD 80GB (Boot Drive)
    WD 1.5TB Drive for Data
    640 GB HDD
    Intel X-25M G2 SSD (Windows 7)

    I am thinking of possibly buying the new Mac Pro as I am finally getting into Photoshop work. I was wondering whether I would get better performance with a new Mac Pro specked as follows:

    1 X Intel Xeon 3.33GHZ Westmere 6-core processor
    6GB RAM
    ATI 5870

    Also I would like to ask what you guys think I could get for my old Mac Pro (money-wise how much I can list it on e-bay) if that is the route I take. Thanks for your input guys! :)
  2. strausd macrumors 68030

    Jul 11, 2008
    Since Photoshop doesn't take advantage of all available cores, it would run faster on the 3.33 GHz 6-core because of the faster clock speed. Also, you should notice a difference wit the 5870 compared to the 4870. And make sure you keep those SSDs for boot, much faster than mechanical drives.
  3. ildondeigiocchi thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2007
    Thanks for the quick reply. So how much do you think I can sell my Mac Pro for without the SSDs of course? :D
  4. d88co88 macrumors 6502


    Dec 8, 2009
  5. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    mac2sell low balls price quite a bit. look for your system on ebay you will get a better idea.
  6. Sean Dempsey macrumors 68000

    Sean Dempsey

    Aug 7, 2006
    It's laughable that you think you need to upgrade.

    You wanted an opinion, here's one: Complete waste of money. You literally have a computer that is BEYOND capable of handling any "photoshopping" you're getting into.

    Figure out how much money you'd spend after selling the old MP and buying the new one, and then spend that money on a few more SSD's and more RAM and you'd be better off since you'd now have more SSD space and more ram in the old machine.

    Your bottleneck is NOT processing power.
  7. eponym macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2010
    Yeah, upgrading now would be a waste of money. Your Mac Pro is great rig.

    You'd be better off holding off until next year for the new Intel architecture and any other Apple revisions to the line.

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