Should I buy a 2012 5,1 if I have a 2010?

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  1. adam9c1 macrumors 68000

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    I have 3 2010 5,1
    One of them is a dual socket.

    One machine is just spare (really sitting, as a backup if something fails).

    I see there is a 2012 for sale local to me for $200.
    Should I jump on that?

    Do you think Apple will kill off 2010-12 OS support at the same time or let 2010 die off first?
    I'm not looking to run any hacks to extend the life support.
     
  2. bookemdano macrumors 65816

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    They'll kill the 2010 and 2012 at the same time. They are identical aside from minor configuration differences..
     
  3. kwikdeth macrumors 65816

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    bookemdano is correct, the 2012s were only a speed bump with updated CPUs and CTO graphics options. you could easily get the same result from upgrading the processor in the machines you already have.
     
  4. EddieK420 macrumors member

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    Its the same computer basically. So just pimp up your 2010. No need to buy the 2012.
     
  5. flowrider macrumors 603

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  6. MisterAndrew macrumors 65816

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    It's true 2010 is vintage, so that limits repair options from Apple for those machines, but they receive the same support in terms of software and firmware by default along with the 2012 that is still supported since they're the same machine. $200 is a great price! Might as well buy it if it's in good shape.
     
  7. donvito4ever macrumors member

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    I

    I'm looking for one for my wife... if you don’t want for you, take it for me! Feel free to PM me... ;)
     
  8. pl1984 macrumors 68020

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    From a practical standpoint I would say no, it makes no sense. While $200 is a below average selling price if you have no use for it it's a waste of $200. However, since it is below the average selling price, you could purchase it and then turn around and resell it for a nice profit. Maybe if an above average profit depending on the configuration (do you know the configuration?) Of course this would depend on the logistics of buying it and then reselling it. If it were me, and it were a complete system ready to use, I'd flip it.
     
  9. adam9c1 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Can you ever really have too many classic Mac Pros?? :p
     
  11. crjackson2134 macrumors 601

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    Yes. For that price you could resell and make a tidy profit, as long as it's a decent, unmolested machine.
     
  12. kwikdeth macrumors 65816

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    that applies only to hardware service and parts availability, not OS support. Considering the mid-range model in both years used exactly the same X5650 CPU, there's really no internal difference.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 25, 2018 ---
    literally the only difference between the 2010 and 2012 2.66 models was the amount of RAM you got for the same $5K price (6gb/12gb)
     
  13. adam9c1 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I have contacted the seller but someone already bought it
     
  14. ActionableMango macrumors G3

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    Not surprising at that price. :(
     

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