Specific example: discounted demo 2008 2.8 8-core, or 2009 2.26?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by cybeross, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. cybeross macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2009
    I know there are many like this, but this is the only place I can get this information (and trust it).

    Basically, there is a mac store offering a floor model of a stock 2.8g 8-core 2008 for 1,999Euros. W/ Apple care, it's 2, 299.

    Would you recommend, a year-old 2.8 at this price over a brand-new 2.26 @ 8-core? I can get education discount, making the new 8-core ~2,750E (w/o applecare...).

    In any case, I'm getting 41tb samsung spinpoints, 16gb ram (if the old model) or 12gb ram (if the new model). In any case, I need 2x optical drives.

    So, any thoughts? I need to act fast (by tomorrow, basically) and am as confused as ever... *sigh*
  2. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    At the same price, it would be a hard decision. At €1999 vs €2750, there is no question.
  3. cybeross thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2009
    i assume you mean for the older one? One thing to consider: since it is a floor model, it has seen heavy use (presumably on all day, every day) for the last year, basically. I should have been more clear, but it's been used for a year. Would this wear on it? Would it be slower now? Might be stupid, but... I don't want to end up needing to replace it...

    Also, it's primarily for high-stress audio. I say "high-stress" because I use many many many VIs, samplers, and FX for each, much more than people working w/ acoustic material.
  4. Ploki macrumors 68020

    Jan 21, 2008
    i do 2.8x8 high stress audio.
    (orchestral mockups, 20minute project loaded with symphonic orchestra + extras)

    :) i also do acoustic ;D
  5. cybeross thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2009
    sorry about that! i didn't mean to insult! :-D i just meant to say, that 10VIs wouldn't impress me, or even 20 for that matter! 0 disrespect!

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