Questions on new MacPro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by hassiman, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. hassiman macrumors member


    Aug 30, 2006
    San Diego
    nMP questions
    1. How fast will a nMPro be running PS CS6/CC and LR5 in its base configuration ( Quad core Xeon 3.7Ghz with 12 GB RAM and the standard dual video cards in comparison to my 2007 V1.1 dual core dual chip 266Ghz Xeon MacPro running 9GB of DDR2 FB-DIMM RAM and a bUS speed od 1.33GHz?

    2. Will the nMPro be able to drive my old 20" Cinema display? ( It of course is not set up for Thunderbolt.)

    3. I have heard that the SSD and RAM are user upgradeable. Are the video cards upgradeable? I thought I had heard that there may be outboard video cards that could be used... but that was a while ago.

    4.Can the nMacPro boot older versions of OSX from bootable external drives?

    I have use mostly PS CS6/CC and LR5 with NIK plug-ins.
  2. VirtualRain macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    1. The 6-core is anywhere from 2-15x faster running creative apps like Photoshop, Aperture, and FCP X than my 2009 Quad. So I would expect similar improvements, if not better, in your case with the new Quad.

    2. Yes. You simply need a TB to DVI adapter from Apple or somewhere like Monoprice.

    3. The GPUs appear to be removable, but no one knows if they are upgradable. You may be able to later swap out a pair of D300s for a pair of D700s but I wouldn't count on it being necessarily sensible or affordable even if it's possible.

    4. No. It's currently running a special build of Mavericks so it can't even boot regular 10.9.1. Someone here tried that and failed. You can boot off an external TB if it's loaded with the Mac Pros build of OS X off the recovery partition or Win8 but that's it at the moment.

    The base Quad with 16GB or 32 GB of RAM would be great for your apps, with an upgrade to the 6-core being a consideration also. There's a lot of discussion going on amongst the residents of " Adobeville" around here... Check out some of the other threads, and I'm sure a few will poke their head in here as well with their recommendations.

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