Should i wait for a new MacPro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by zoran, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. zoran macrumors 68030

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    The title expresses my dilemma, ive waited a long time to get a Mac, but now i think ive waited long enough and its time for me to make up my mind. Is there any upgrade possible scheduled for the MPro, or are there possible updates to appear after summer?
    Its in a Neutral - Mid product cycle in the buyers guide and it hasn't been revised since January 08, 2008.
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    If you need it now, buy it now.

    There won't be updates for six to eighteen months, depending on which processor Apple uses in the next one.
     
  3. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

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    6 to 18 months? you must be joking! Apple makes updates almost every 6months!
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Not for the Mac Pros. The last update took 518 days. The Buyer's Guide is misleading; it counted the 8-core addition as an update.

    The Mac Pro uses FB-DIMMs. The first Nehalem processor to use FB-DIMMs comes out at the end of next year, while the first high-end Nehalem processor comes out at the end of this year. If Apple is dropping FB-DIMMs, then we'll see Nehalem Mac Pros at MacWorld '09. If Apple is keeping FB-DIMMs, then we'll see Nehalem Mac Pros at Macworld '10.
     
  5. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

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    So Nehalem is the only possible CPU update for Apple to come?
     
  6. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    damnit i cant wait anymore, and i really want better specs and somthing new to the mbp ): more then 2 usb ports at least! i dont want the 17"!

    EDIT: lol sorry i didnt see we are talking about mac pros lololol
     
  7. akm3 macrumors 68020

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    Yea, I would be surprised to see a Mac Pro *update* for a very long time. They might do a small speedbump next Janurary or something, but there is nothing to update it to in the near future.
     
  8. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

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    I'm sure Apple will drop the FBDIMMs as soon as possible.... but right now I guess the motherboards they use require it.... and there aren't any that use 2x4-core Xeons that don't... at least that's my understanding.

    FBDIMMs are more expensive, I think run hotter, and hinder performance to a degree, so I'm sure Apple would be happy to get rid of them.
     
  9. akm3 macrumors 68020

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    I doubt it for some reason. They choose to the use the Xeon processors deliberately when the 'standard desktop' version is just as good, cheaper and the accessories (motherboard/RAM) are also cheaper.

    I'm not sure what Apple gains from using all this server grade stuff, but I'm sure someone smarter then me will tell us.
     
  10. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    They won't drop FB-DIMMs anytime soon. They aren't inferior to unbuffered DIMMs, they are just extremely high end.

    The Xeons actually out perform the regular desktop chips and Apple uses them because the Mac Pro is really a workstation for high end applications. Not that average users can't or won't benefit from it, but it's just a power house of a computer.

    I agree that the Mac Pro update won't come for another year, but there isn't much they could do to the machine besides make the processor faster and not by much for that matter until next year. If you need to get one, get it now, you won't gain anything by waiting for an update, 8 cores ad 32GB of RAM is enough.
     
  11. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    So that would confirm that the Nehalem Mac Pro won't be out until MacWorld '10.

    Hold on to your 8800 GT, we're in for a LONG haul...
     
  12. DVS33 macrumors newbie

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    What about the Montevina isn't that going to be considered an upgrade or no? I get so confused on this sight because predictions on updates range from July 14th for and update to Late Sept. and I know it is all guesstimates so it is all good. Is Montevina going to be worth waiting for? Is it Blu Ray capable or is that a rumor?
     
  13. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Montevina is laptops. Blu-ray will never happen in OS X, but you can play them in Windows, I believe.
     
  14. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    I believe you can, because Mac OS X hasn't been written to decode HD. Since Windows lappies and desktops have had BluRay for about a year or more now I am sure Windows can do so.

    You can burn BR discs using Toast and a 3rd party burner however.
     
  15. btollenaar macrumors newbie

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    Just bought mine!!

    Woohoooo!!! Just bought my new 8-core 2.8! Long time user (Mac Classic, 9th grade - 1st Mac). . . just excited and had to post.
     
  16. Gonk42 macrumors 6502

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    Xeon processors allow two chips/8 cores whilst desktop processors are limited to a single chip/4cores.

    FB-DIMMs seem a bit of a dead end, I'm not an expert but it has been reported that manufacturers have given up on DDR3 for FB-DIMM and the chips are very expensive, the memory buffers get very hot and overall it seems remeniscent of RAMBUS.

    I'm in the position of dithering over the purchase of a MacPro, for an 8 core machine they are cheap (compared to building it yourself or buying off Dell etc) - I even ordered one in Jan but cancelled because the RAM was very expensive in the UK and I didn't want to import. Now six months have gone by and I'm thinking I'll wait for Nehalem.
     
  17. xgman macrumors 601

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    I just wish they would update and expand the vid card options. Oh, and make the extra sata port more user accessible. ;)
     
  18. dollystereo macrumors 6502a

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    you can get get 3rd party Raid Sata cards, like the new caldigit or some High Point Techs, both excellents. Ati is releasing the HD3970 card fot the Mac pro at only $219 (macsales.com), so I think the current mac Pro is an overkill, 8-cores, FB ram is cheap now (transintl, macsales). You can get a BR burner and burn with toast.
    This mac pro is going to stay, I say 10 more months.
     
  19. Doc69 macrumors 6502

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    Why not? I've been looking forward to a Mac Pro update with Blu-Ray drives for quite some time now which I though was jut around the corner, or at least at Macworld 2009? Are you saying it won't happen? If so, why? And what about 10.6?

    P.S. I'm taking about watching Blu-Ray movies, not burning discs for storage.
     
  20. schnee macrumors member

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    Embracing Blu-Ray would slow the adoption of Apple TV and give money to Sony. Judging by the Macbook Air, they're pushing towards digital downloads, not physical media.

    They'll never come out and say it, but signs point to 'no way'.
     
  21. alam macrumors regular

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    does any body knows when the mac pro will be redesigned?
     
  22. Frozonecold macrumors 6502

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    How will Sony be making money unless Apple puts Sony brand drives in the Mac Pros?
     
  23. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    Why? Do you think it needs to be? What's wrong with the current design BESIDES that it's perceived as old? What will they be adding to functionality with a redesign? Or do you just want it to look different?

    Just curious.
     
  24. stiles macrumors member

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    i hope never, i love how mine looks.
     
  25. m1stake macrumors 68000

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    Can you see Apple sitting on the same technology while PC manufacturers jump on whatever's new? Can you see them skipping an entire product cycle from Intel? If so, come back to this thread when you're not wasted.

    2009, Nehalem, Mac Pro, be there.
     

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