Question about buying an older Mac pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Benjinator, Sep 18, 2016.

  1. Benjinator macrumors newbie

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    Hey everyone. I have the chance to buy a 2006 Mac Pro (http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/mac_pro/specs/mac-pro-quad-2.0-specs.html) for $125 USD. I was wondering what the performance would be compared to my current Mac (2010 Mac Mini 2.66 C2D 8 gig ram). Also how cost effective would it be to upgrade it or since it is too old would the cost outweigh the benefits. Thank you in advance.
     
  2. deconstruct60 macrumors 604

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    The 2006 model is firmly on Apple's Vintage and Obsolete List https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201624 It has been dropped from the supported hardware list for the OS a couple of versions ago. ( That 2010 Mac mini model is on the list too. ).

    It is priced around $100 because it is desupported and old-as-dirt. It is priced in the "spare parts" / "boneyard" range to keep someone's who is stuck on 2006 era hardware still up and running.

    If want a faster than obsolete Mini, then get a used Mini that isn't on the obsolete list. That is better than a used Mac Pro that goes so far back in time that is sinks underneath the used (but reasonably current) Mac Mini prices.
     
  3. Synchro3 macrumors 65816

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    Your Mac Mini 2010 is faster in single core than an Mac Pro 2006. Go for Mac Pro 4,1 or 5,1 (2009/2010/2012).
     
  4. ITguy2016 Suspended

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    As always the answer is: It depends. What do you intend to use it for? Will it be a work system which will generate income? Or will it be a hobby system? Is the $125 the extent of your budget? Is expansion something you want?

    The 2006 is a capable system but it all depends on the intended task. As already mentioned is has been on Apple's obsolete list for quite a while (highest officially supported OS is Lion). It is a 10 year old system so keep that in mind. I personally see nothing wrong with picking one up as a hobby system for $125. However if performance is something you require / want then I would look elsewhere if your budget permits.
     

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