Should I get a mac pro 2009?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ipodtouch1stgen, Feb 6, 2015.

  1. ipodtouch1stgen macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone,

    Just wanted to see what everyone's opinion is on a purchase that I've been debating. So I currently am looking to get a mac pro 2009 quad-core. Now keep in mind that I don't do anything CPU intensive. I simply want to have a desktop mac (I know this is kind of stupid) for lower temperatures on my machine.

    I currently have a non-retina macbook pro 2012 with an SSD but the temperatures are always kind of high - usually 50-60º C. I know that these temperatures aren't particularly high, but I'd always like to have lower temps.

    My one option would be to sell the macbook pro and use the funds to buy a 4,1 and do some upgrades. But would this be worth it?

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. Loa macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Hello,

    My 2009 quad is idling at 40*C in winter time... Not sure you're going to get any truly significant (???) improvements...

    Loa
     
  3. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    If you don't touch the fan setting. The CPU should run at about 40C idle (depends on ambient temperature) and 85C under continue max loading (absolute max, may be lower if ambient temperature is low).
     
  4. ipodtouch1stgen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys, looks like I shouldn't buy a mac pro then?
     
  5. Machines macrumors 6502

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    Mac Pros have sophisticated cooling systems and processors that rarely - if ever -throttle down (in theory they can .) I've built custom 12 Core Mac Pro systems for web designers and VM runners that never got hotter than 46 C at load .... with all 24 threads of the 12 cores at max . A truly awesome experience .

    Small form factor computers like the MacBook and MacBook Pro throttle down their performance all the time due to elevated thermals , have batteries that jiffy pop, GPUs that self destruct and metal whiskering issues .

    I am Creation Machines .
     
  6. Loa macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Hello,

    The question we're hesitating to ask is "Why the focus on temp?"

    Loa
     
  7. Machines macrumors 6502

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    coolness = high performance and improved longevity .

    Heat is a deadly enemy of all electronic products .

    He's a smart user :)
     
  8. Loa macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Hello,

    Let's rephrase that: "Excess heat is a deadly enemy of all electronic products."

    There's such a thing as "within normal parameters"...

    Making my PCU work at -40*C won't make it any more performant if the cooling system is well designed.

    Loa
     

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