What do you do with your Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by rantingrich, May 10, 2013.

  1. rantingrich macrumors regular


    Aug 10, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    I was reading a thread from a guy using his mac for business and a few responses said they use their machines for making money.. i.e. Business! I was just curious to find out Who does What with their MACPRO and what their machines Specs are. Please share. SHORT VERSON PLEASE...

    AS for me I work full time doing print ads, But run my own creative business doing animation and some FX. I use Carrara 8 Pro mostly for animation.

    My Machine is a MACPRO I got last year 12 core 64 ram one 7200 hd and a 256 SSD, 31 inch dell.

  2. GermanyChris macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
  3. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    I keep mine switched off to extend its service life. :D
  4. SimeoneSergio, May 10, 2013
    Last edited: May 10, 2013

    SimeoneSergio macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2012
    London UK
  5. jasonvp, May 10, 2013
    Last edited: May 13, 2013

    jasonvp macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2007
    Northern VA
    A little photo editing with Photoshop.

    Some video editing with Premiere Pro. Said videos are of me on the race track. It's a multiple-step process requiring various pieces of software including a Windows-only (run inside Parallels) one. All software is run on the Mac Pro under OS X.

    Any DVDs and/or Blu-ray movies that I purchase, I rip to my NAS for backup purposes. That's all done with my Mac Pro.

    CDs are ripped on the Mac Pro and stored in FLAC format on my NAS. I'll also use the same machine to sync the converted MP3s to my iPhone via iTunes.

    The machine:
    - Mac Pro 5,1 with dual processors - upgraded to 2 x X5690 (6-core 3.46GHz) Xeons
    - Flashed 2.5GB EVGA GTX570 video card
    - Blu-Ray reader swapped in place of DVD/RW
    - SSD in 2nd optical drive with OS/Apps
    - 2 1TB drives mirrored (RAID1 software) for /Users
    - 2 300G 10K RPM drives striped (RAID0 software) for Scratch space
    - eSATA PCI card
    - USB 3.0 PCI card
  6. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2010
    Edinburgh, UK
    I have a 2010 5,1 single processor and am one of the more casual users - I do a little light Photoshop, the daily mooching round websites and hop over to Bootcamp for games like heavily modded Skyrim.

    The 5,1 is the only computer in the household. I moved to it from a 2007 iMac because I had the funds to purchase it at the time and have not regretted it once. I know I barely push it (except when gaming) but it is reliable, beautiful and just works.
  7. cgk.emu macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2012

    2009 Mac Pro 4,1, Quad Core 2.66GHz
    16 GB RAM
    Radeon 5870
    5x 1TB drives + 60GB SSD for Boot / FCPX (using OWC multi-mount in optical bay)

    I use it for editing videos for a Udemy course with FCPX.

    When I'm not using it for that, just bootcamp games on the weekends.
  8. spoonie1972 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2012
    music (bands, artists), and recently, scoring to picture.
  9. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    Professional Photographer, so Photoshop and Lightroom. Plus all the business stuff - accounting, ads for my business, etc.

    Hex Core from the refurbed stored last year. I'm not sitting at it, so don't have specs. But it's got several TB of internal storage and is hooked up to an Apple Cinema Display, and an Epson 3800 among other things. This MacPro was bought to replace a 2008 octo-core, which - until I get around to selling it, is used to tether my camera when I'm shooting in the studio.
  10. Tesselator, May 10, 2013
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    Tesselator macrumors 601


    Jan 9, 2008
    Content creation (typically just for fun these days):
    CG Graphics, Photo processing, Music, Text.

    Content Consumption:
    Films & clips, audio & music, text.

    Politics, Science, and Culture.
  11. Noctilux.95 macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2010
    Professional photographer with cameras up to 40-MP that benifits from horse power of my Mac Pro.

    I have a 2009 (4,1) 2.66 quad core, 16 gigs, 2-2 gig 7200 rpm HD's, and 2-240 gig SSD's, 5770 card

    I use CS5, Aperture 3, Hasselblad Phocus, and Photo Mechanic
  12. ssgbryan macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2002
    3D art.

    Production pipeline:

    Hexagon - Poser - Lux - Photoshop Elements
  13. mwhities macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2011
    Newbie - It'll be my "main" desktop and my kids movie storage.

    2006 2.66 4Gs ram. 320 boot and 1T storage (for now),
  14. odinsride macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    2010 Mac Pro 3.33ghz
    Upgrades: 32gb RAM, eVGA 680 Mac Edition

    I use mine mostly for gaming (I play WoW a lot), and photography (Photoshop, Lightroom). I also frequently use virtual machines (VMware Fusion and Virtualbox) for database development (Oracle).
  15. Jani81 macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2013
    I have mp 5.1 and specs are at my signature. I use it for video editing, photoshop and gaming. I play games via bootcamp like crysis 3 etc fps games. I'm planning to make hex update soon and after that i update my ram from 1033 mhz=>1333 mhz. What do you think, is my update plan worth of money? And sorry about my bad english sometimes :)
  16. chevelleguy3 macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2013
    Mckinney, TX
    MP 2006: 2x2.66 Xeon, 32GB RAM, 5770 Video card, RAID setup, 10.8.3 (Chameleon)

    I mainly use it as a file server for my home network. I also use it for a little bit of everyday stuff when I don't feel like using my MBP.
  17. MIDI_EVIL macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2006
    2008 Mac Pro 8-Core with 2.8Ghz CPU and 16GB of RAM SSD and 5TB of storage. (we're waiting for a new Mac Pro)

    I work in a museum, and shoot and edit gallery films and documentaries for archival. I also produce exhibition panels and graphics for our social media presence and general museum signage.

    Video editing in Final Cut Pro 6, FCPX and Adobe Premiere CS6. Graphic design in Photoshop CS6 and Illustrator CS6. Transcoding in Adobe Media Encoder. DVD ripping in Handbrake. Managing 3 iPads for our venue hire staff and education department.

    Hac Pro - Overclocked 4.5Ghz i7 Ivy Bridge, 16GB 1600 RAM, GIGABYTE NVidia GTX 670 Overclocked version, 256GB SSD, 8TB of storage.

    Video editing in FCPX and Premiere CS6. Graphic design in Photoshop CS6. Photography in Lightroom 4.
    I produce video content professionally outside of my full time job, and I've worked in the broadcast industry as a camera operator.
  18. GermanyChris macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    Do you notice any lag? :eek:
  19. rantingrich thread starter macrumors regular


    Aug 10, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    Daz 3d

    You must be on Daz3d and the forums! I am as well! I use HEXAGON as my modeler as well! Love that fat lazy lady
  20. codymac macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2009
    I mostly drum my fingers, check this forum, and wait anxiously for a Mac Pro with relatively current specs to be released.

    In the meantime, the Hackintosh is:

    3.5GHz Sandy, 32gb RAM, 9800GT, 256gb SSD, LSI 3041E, 22tb storage (internal)

    It's stable at 4.8GHz but I'm already heating the room up enough.

    Days: I trade running a couple thousand databases for a paycheck.
    Nights/weekends: CAD/CAM work, photography, music.
  21. Derpage Suspended

    Mar 7, 2012
    My macpro's have just turned into pretty external hard drives. I just got a boxx and it's super fast. WOW!
  22. whwang macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2009
    MacPro5,1, 12-core, 96GB or RAM, 5x2TB HD, 480GB PCIe SSD, 30in ACD.

    I use it for astronomical research, primarily processing images from large
    observatories or space telescopes.
  23. ScottishCaptain, May 10, 2013
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    ScottishCaptain macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2008
    2010 Mac Pro (MacPro5,1), 2*2.93ghz, 64GB, 4x2TB, Apple RAID Card, 5970 GPU, 2xSD, Eizo CG276W, Infinite Response VAX77, Apogee Symphony 64 PCI-e, Apogee Symphony I/O, 2x ADAM S2X & SUB12.

    In a nut shell, it's everything I need to efficiently take an idea (usually for a game or application) and turn it into a working product ready for sale on the iTMS.

  24. t0rr3s macrumors 6502


    Dec 23, 2010
    Mac Pro 3,1 2 x 3.2 GHz Quad Core / 14GB Ram / 4TB / Radeon 5770 / 30" Cinema Display

    photography [lightroom/capture one/ps]
    graphics [ps/illustrator]
    videos [FCPX/motion/compressor]
    publishing [indesign/ps/word/iwork]
    gaming [bootcamp]
    and Handbrake...from time to time.
    I love my Mac Pro.

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