Should I Buy New Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Washac, Jul 25, 2015.

  1. Washac macrumors 68020

    Washac

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    As below I run a 2009 Mac Pro should I replace it with one of these?

    Used mainly for gaming and running Bootcamp.

    New Mac Pro

    3.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5 processor
    • 12GB 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory
    • Dual AMD FirePro D300
      with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM each
    • 256GB PCIe-based flash storage1
     
  2. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    For gaming and bootcamp, NO.

    At least not now. According to today standard, that's the old technology, you can easily put a high end GPU on your 4,1 (or even multi-GPU setup), which give you good gaming experience. If you want the new Mac Pro, may be wait until next gen. It's doesn't looks like you really need this Pro machine now, so not worth that amount of money.

    If you go to the Mac Pro's forum, there is a thread that about how to get the power directly from the 980W PSU, which will give you enough power to run dual Titan X + X5690.

    Also, it's not easy to get the AMD driver to work on the new Mac Pro, and enable CF.
     
  3. Washac, Jul 27, 2015
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    Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Hey, thanks for this reply, cannot locate that thread you mention.
     
  4. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Sorry confusion set in, forget this reply.
     
  6. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    If you are just using windows and gaming buy a gaming PC a MP is just a waste of your money.
     
  7. Washac, Jul 28, 2015
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    Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well that GPU sorted flashed AMD Radeon 7950 3GB, now to throw some more memory at it :)
     
  8. gri macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure about gaming and bootcamp but I had a similar 2009 MP and replaced it a few months ago with the maxed our Retina iMac - and do not regret it.
     
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    There are always reasons to buy one and to not buy one now. If you need a new one to do what you want, then buy it.
     
  10. shaunp macrumors 65816

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    Absolutely not. I have the 6-core with D700's and it's not a great gaming machine. If all you do is gaming and bootcamp, then buy a PC. Seriously for the money you will spend on a nMP you will get a far faster gaming machine. My old core i7 3770k with GTX 780 is a much smoother gaming experience than my nMP and the PC cost around 1/4 of the price of the Mac.
     
  11. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well the machine I have is my all purpose machine that I game on, I really do not want nor do I really need two machines as in the one I am using now and a second gaming PC, thanks for your input though :)
     
  12. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Very true :)
     
  13. shaunp macrumors 65816

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    Well if you are definitely going to go down the nMP route at least get the D700's. The quad-core will be fine, but you'll need the extra GPU power.
     
  14. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for that advice.
     

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