MP All Models The "I just ordered/bought/got my new/refurb Mac Pro" thread [Merged]

serpico007

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Sep 18, 2017
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My first one was left outside my garage, no signature. They should require ID and signature for items like this, to force the drivers to do their jobs.
Unfortunately, these courier companies are so busy they will leave everything outside. Apple did ask for a signature for my Apple Watch S5, so I'm shocked they are not asking for the new Mac Pro.
 

DoofenshmirtzEI

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Mar 1, 2011
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Unfortunately, these courier companies are so busy they will leave everything outside. Apple did ask for a signature for my Apple Watch S5, so I'm shocked they are not asking for the new Mac Pro.
My ship notice from Apple said signature would be required, but the driver just dumped the 7,1 off and didn't want a signature even though I was right there at the door.
 

serpico007

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Sep 18, 2017
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My ship notice from Apple said signature would be required, but the driver just dumped the 7,1 off and didn't want a signature even though I was right there at the door.
Every time I read a post like this about the Mac Pro, I'm just shocked. My wife ordered a Bowflex machine last year and the courier left the two enormous boxes in our driveway. Anyone could have backed up their truck with two guys and just take it. No signature either.
 

tpivette89

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Jan 1, 2018
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According to Geekbench's CPU and Mac charts the E5 2667v2 should challenge a 2018 i7 Mini but the 2697 should just fall short of the base 2019 Mac Pro and 2017 iMac Pro.

I guess you're doing it for the fun of tinkering with Macs (or for collecting one of the best looking ones), but can there be another compelling reason to go for the trashcan? It has fairly limited and expensive storage options, is TB2 only and stuck with GPUs that never really impressed... if only it had two M.2 PCIe slots for storage and something like the MPX modules for the graphic card (admittedly difficult given the form factor).
I don't use my Macs to make money, instead they're for basic tasks and hobbyist photo/video editing. I love to collect and especially tinker with them. Getting the most out of each device, prolonging their lifespan, and the path it takes to get there is extremely fun for me.

That said, I'm particularly interested to see what kind of performance I can get out of this 6,1 using different CPUs. Since Apple priced the 7,1 pretty high for the base model, I suspect a lot of people are going to either hold on to their trashcans a little longer (if they have one), or if they have something else, see this computer as a cheaper option. Certain users don't want an AIO, and I believe this is a good alternative to a late 2018 Mini. The 8/10/12 core 6,1s will beat a i5 Mini in multi-core performance, while an 8-core will tie the i7, and the 10/12 core upgrades will beat it. Also, the RAM ceiling is higher than the Mini, the storage is upgradeable (using adapters and off the shelf NVMe blades), not to mention its graphics are better (even the D300s). Also, TB2 isn't all that much slower in real-world applications than TB3, and you can use a lot of the same external expansion boxes that you can with a Mini (although a TB2-TB3 adapter may be needed). Finally, the trashcan's cooling stands head and shoulders above the Mini's. It also helps that it's comparable price-wise.

The only unknown is how long Apple will support it with future OS releases. Hopefully it won't go the way the latest iteration of the PowerMac G5 did... being able to purchase one brand new in early 2006 only to have Snow Leopard come in 2009 and make it obsolete. The 6,1s CPUs are Ivy-Bridge Xeons... the same CPU family as all other 2012 Macs (except the 5,1), and they will probably fall off the supported list after Catalina. Time will tell what Apple will choose as its elimination reason with 10.16.
 
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fiatlux

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The only unknown is how long Apple will support it with future OS releases.
That would be a significant concern indeed. MP6,1 designs are 7 years old already...

Still, I was really tempted to buy a 12-core MP6,1 with 48GB of RAM and 2TB of storage given all the seemingly hardware-related issues I experienced with my MP4,1 recently. Turns out I had a bad RAM module (which I should get replaced under lifetime warranty). Hopefully that was it and I can keep pushing this old mule a bit further.
 

iSquirrelu

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Nov 9, 2012
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I have just ordered my dream new 2019 Mac Pro with a 28 core CPU, Afterburner card, 32GB of ram (to be upgraded) 8TB of Storage. Two Radeon Pro Vega Duo with 2 x 32GB of HBM2 memory each. Also ordered are 2 x Pro Display XDR with Standard glass + two Pro stands. I also added a Promise J2i 8 TB Internal Storage & have purchased off Ebay another drive exactly the same which I will be configuring in Raid 0 (I think?).

I will be using the Mac Pro for Video and Photography work. TBH I am more excited about the Pro Display's.

I am unsure of how much Ram to add, I have narrowed the choice down to either 384GB of RDIMM's or 768 GB of LRDIMM's. I am undecided on the amount of ram to purchase.

I have been told delivery time is mid February.

I have managed to negotiate with my wife the use of the dining room table which has a thick glass top to be moved into my office. I work from home. My current desk is built with MDF and despite reinforcement it sags in the middle which with two screens is not going to work well. The only way I can be sure the surface is flat is to use glass or a granite top.

I am very excited and I was well looked after by Apple's business team who got me a good price.

I have organised for one on one training for Final Cut Pro so I can optimise my workflow correctly.

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nikster0029

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I have just ordered my dream new 2019 Mac Pro with a 28 core CPU, Afterburner card, 32GB of ram (to be upgraded) 8TB of Storage. Two Radeon Pro Vega Duo with 2 x 32GB of HBM2 memory each. Also ordered are 2 x Pro Display XDR with Standard glass + two Pro stands. I also added a Promise J2i 8 TB Internal Storage & have purchased off Ebay another drive exactly the same which I will be configuring in Raid 0 (I think?).

I will be using the Mac Pro for Video and Photography work. TBH I am more excited about the Pro Display's.

I am unsure of how much Ram to add, I have narrowed the choice down to either 384GB of RDIMM's or 768 GB of LRDIMM's. I am undecided on the amount of ram to purchase.

I have been told delivery time is mid February.

I have managed to negotiate with my wife the use of the dining room table which has a thick glass top to be moved into my office. I work from home. My current desk is built with MDF and despite reinforcement it sags in the middle which with two screens is not going to work well. The only way I can be sure the surface is flat is to use glass or a granite top.

I am very excited and I was well looked after by Apple's business team who got me a good price.

I have organised for one on one training for Final Cut Pro so I can optimise my workflow correctly.

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Can’t wait to see it!
 

bob_stan

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Oct 6, 2019
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I use the J2i in the same configuration as Raid0. The speed is slow compared to an SSD, but it is adequate for my purpose, which is used for TM backups and a large scratch disk.
 

daveedjackson

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Aug 6, 2009
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London
I have just ordered my dream new 2019 Mac Pro with a 28 core CPU, Afterburner card, 32GB of ram (to be upgraded) 8TB of Storage. Two Radeon Pro Vega Duo with 2 x 32GB of HBM2 memory each. Also ordered are 2 x Pro Display XDR with Standard glass + two Pro stands. I also added a Promise J2i 8 TB Internal Storage & have purchased off Ebay another drive exactly the same which I will be configuring in Raid 0 (I think?).

I will be using the Mac Pro for Video and Photography work. TBH I am more excited about the Pro Display's.

I am unsure of how much Ram to add, I have narrowed the choice down to either 384GB of RDIMM's or 768 GB of LRDIMM's. I am undecided on the amount of ram to purchase.

I have been told delivery time is mid February.

I have managed to negotiate with my wife the use of the dining room table which has a thick glass top to be moved into my office. I work from home. My current desk is built with MDF and despite reinforcement it sags in the middle which with two screens is not going to work well. The only way I can be sure the surface is flat is to use glass or a granite top.

I am very excited and I was well looked after by Apple's business team who got me a good price.

I have organised for one on one training for Final Cut Pro so I can optimise my workflow correctly.

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Eek, I hate to burst the bubble, but no video work or Photography is going to utilise 2 pro vegas. Obviously your 28 cards will be used by FCPx but not premiere or any of the adobe applications. Nor with the GPU's. Not yet anyway.
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Has anyone else noticed this... I walk past the system, switch it on and go make coffee. When I come back it's off. Does it have some kinda of energy/effiency setting which Is saying "he's not logged in, so I'll switch off"?