Waiting for Sandy Bridge.

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by hugodrax, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. hugodrax macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2007
    #1
  2. Cliff3 macrumors 65816

    Cliff3

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2007
    Location:
    SF Bay Area
    #2
    If you don't need a new computer to solve your current or anticipated requirements, then don't buy one. Chasing the leading edge is a good way to go broke.

    (FWIW, my new Mac Pro replaced my Macbook Pro as my primary machine. The MBP lacked the horsepower to do what I needed it to do. Rather than opting for a new but maxed out MBP, I went with a Mac Pro instead. I'll replace the MBP sometime next year after AppleCare runs out on it.
     
  3. designed macrumors 6502

    designed

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2005
    Location:
    Finland
    #3
    "Buy when you need to" is a rather good guideline in all sorts technology related purchases. If you don't need a new computer now, it is better to just wait. You get the same performance for less money or more power for the same money.
     
  4. JimGoshorn macrumors 6502

    JimGoshorn

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2009
    Location:
    NY
    #4
  5. skyline r34 macrumors 6502

    skyline r34

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2005
    Location:
    San Diego
    #5
    I currently have the 3.2GHz 2008 Mac Pro and i was a little disappointed of the performance of the early 2009 Mac Pro the only good thing and if you use multi-threaded apps is the Hyper-threading and the ATi 4870 which I can upgrade on my 2008 Mac Pro, I'm waiting for the next revision of the Mac Pro when Apple/Intel introduce the 32nm Xeon Processor chips, Sandy Bridge or Westmere, So I'm just going to upgrade my current 2008 Mac Pro, I'm swapping out my 8800GT and upgrading to the ATi 4870 so that I can use the new LED Cinema Displays (30-inch) add more hard drive space like the ones you find in 2009 Mac Pro 640GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s, putting more ram 4GB to 8GB. I'm already started putting away money for the next Mac Pro.
     
  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2006
    Location:
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    #6
    See you in 2012. I'll be doing work until then.
     
  7. Aegelward macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2005
    Location:
    UK
    #7
    Waiting is the stigma of technology, eventually you have to give into that twitch to bite the bullet.

    Of course, there are times when waiting is sensible, when there is a virtual garantee of an upgrade within.. lets say under 3 months. But still, waiting is worse than putting up with slightly dated technology
     
  8. iMacmatician macrumors 601

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2008
    #8
    4 GHz (or so), 6 cores, here we go!

    ...in 2011.
     
  9. VirtualRain macrumors 603

    VirtualRain

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2008
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC
    #9
    I heard they will have 128 cores by 2020... maybe wait until then! :p
     
  10. iMacmatician macrumors 601

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2008
    #10
    Haswell might start at 8 cores (which I'm assuming means it'll be ≥8 cores :eek:).
     
  11. milk242 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2007
    #11
    I'm going to wait 10+ years so when I do upgrade it'll feel sooo much faster :p Just like the people moving from the G5 to intel.
     
  12. Jpoon macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2008
    Location:
    Los Angeles
  13. Macinposh macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2006
    Location:
    Kreplakistan
    #13

    I will be working AND waiting. How about that?
     
  14. iamcheerful macrumors 6502

    iamcheerful

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2008
  15. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2006
    Location:
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    #15
    You have the right idea.

    Haswell that ends well, I guess. :p
     
  16. somorastik macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2006
    #16
  17. Vylen macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2010
    Location:
    Sydney, Australia
  18. lewdvig macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2002
    Location:
    South Pole
    #18
    That was a lot of waiting and we are not done yet.

    There will be Sandy derived Xeons, duh.

    I will probably skip Sandy or wait until they show up in the refurb store - 'cause cheap's the way I roll.
     
  19. johnnymg macrumors 65816

    johnnymg

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2008
    #19
    Thanks for resurrecting a zombie thread! :(
     
  20. gpzjock, Jan 18, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2011

    gpzjock macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    May 4, 2009
    #20
    Sandybridge looks nice, Haswell looks er... nicerer.

    Went from iMac G5 to Mac Pro 2008, was like going from VW Beetle to Maclaren F1. Any upgrade from PowerPC to a new Intel based Mac Pro will feel stratospheric, it all depends on how long your refresh cycle is and what economic considerations allow you to do.
    Sandybridge now or Haswell in 2013 the choice is win-win imho.:)

    Me? I'm keeping the 2008 MP till the wheels fall off. :D
     
  21. VanneDC macrumors 6502a

    VanneDC

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2010
    Location:
    Dubai, UAE
    #21
    i am keeping my 2008 Oct also. Yay!!! just too much power for one person. :D
     
  22. goMac macrumors 603

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2004
    #22
    Upgrading from my 2008 octo 2.8 when Sandy Bridge arrives. All my machines are on a three year upgrade cycle.
     
  23. Phantom Gremlin macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2010
    Location:
    Tualatin, Oregon
    #23
    Sigh. I wish I could convince myself to do that. I have a 10 y/o computer I'm currently running as a firewall. It replaced the previous firewall when that one's power supply died after being powered down during a vacation. Which replaced the previous firewall when that one started getting memory errors after being powered down during a vacation.

    Sometimes being proactive is good! A lot fewer Chinese fire drills that way.
     

Share This Page