Refurb Store (Am I an Idiot?)

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by akm3, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    Apple has these two refurb Mac Pros posted.

    Refurbished Mac Pro Quad 2.66GHz Intel Xeon
    Two 2.66GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors
    1GB (2 x 512MB) memory (667MHz DDR2 fully-buffered DIMM ECC)
    250GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s 7200 rpm hard drive
    NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT graphics with 256MB memory
    • Save 21% off the original price
    Original price: $2,499.00
    Your price: $1,999.00

    Refurbished Mac Pro with One 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    One 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor
    2GB (2 x 1GB) of 800MHz DDR2 ECC fully buffered DIMM
    320GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s 7200-rpm hard drive
    ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB (two dual-link DVI ports)
    • Save 14% off the original price
    Original price: $2,299.00
    Your price: $1,999.00

    Is there *any* reason that for the exact same price you wouldn't choose the 2.8 which is faster, leaves open a slot for adding another Quad-Core 2.8, more RAM, faster video card, bigger hard drive, and lower power consumption?

    The only thing I can think is if you already have a large investment in the RAM used in the 2.66, but my understanding is you can still use that RAM in the 2.8 with a minor performance penalty (actually not a penalty, but just not realizing the performance gain from the faster RAM)

    Am I stupid? (Maybe these questions aren't related haha)

    It seems that the 2.66 should be selling for ~$1699 or so.
  2. tobyg macrumors 6502a

    Aug 31, 2004
    You would think it should be cheaper. I personally would get the single quad 2.8. There are reasons maybe you may need the older model. I remember reading about some pro audio pcie cards that were having issues in the newer pcie bus in the newer Mac Pro.

    The other thing is Tiger. The old model can run Tiger, the newer can not (officially). Might also be an issue for some people who maybe have software that has still yet to be ported to run on Leopard.
  3. sash macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2004
    akm3, I'm sorry, I can't answer this question, I don't know you that good.
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    And this is why I make MacRumors Guides! :D

    I'd go with the 2.8 GHz Quad Mac Pro though. I don't know why Apple STILL charges that much for the previous 2.66 GHz model.
  5. crontab macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2008

    It's probably it related to the original retail of the Xeon Mac price but I'm not sure why they would do this.
  6. macosxguy macrumors newbie


    Sep 4, 2006
    London, England
    Option 2

    Go with option 2, faster processor, more memory, bigger hard drive, just a newer better system.
  7. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    Because they can. I know Apple's margins are high, but it's 20% below it's original price. It's not like Apple will need to clear inventory or anything.

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