What do you use your Mac Pro for...

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by VirtualRain, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. VirtualRain macrumors 603

    VirtualRain

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    Aug 1, 2008
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC
    #1
    I thought it might be interesting to collect some insights into owner demographics on this board...

    Use this template if you don't mind...

    Machine:
    Location:
    Purchased by:
    Revenue:
    Workload #1:
    Workload #2:

    Use these responses unless you have something better/different...

    Machine:
    - Pre 2008 MP
    - 2008 Octo MP
    - 2009 Octo MP
    - 2009 Quad MP

    Location:
    - Residence (house, dorm, etc.)
    - Home office (work from home)
    - Office (place of work)

    Purchased by:
    - Me
    - Gift
    - Place of work

    Revenue:
    - No revenue (this machine is used for hobby stuff only)
    - No revenue yet (this machine will hopefully start generating me revenue)
    - Part-time revenue (some of the cycles go towards generating revenue)
    - Full-time revenue (this machine is exclusively used for revenue generating activities)

    Primary Workload: (please select just two and rank them in order!)
    - Gaming
    - Software/web development
    - Graphic arts or photo work
    - Video work
    - Music/Audio
    - Scientific/mathematical modelling
    - 3d Rendering

    It's assumed everyone will also use it for web/email/iTunes.


    Here's my situation:

    Machine: 2009 Quad MP
    Location: Residence (house, dorm, etc.)
    Purchased by: Me
    Revenue: No revenue yet (this machine will hopefully start generating me revenue)
    Workload #1: Video work
    Workload #2: Software/web development
     
  2. fireshot91 macrumors 601

    fireshot91

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    Location:
    Northern VA
    #2
    I use my G5 Power Mac for:

    internet browsing
    iTunes
    iChat
    ....crap like that.


    I still want a Mac Pro....for it's speed :).
     
  3. Chad H macrumors 6502a

    Chad H

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    Feb 13, 2008
    Location:
    Auburn, AL
    #3
    There you go. My machine specs are in my signature.:)

    Machine:
    - 2009 Quad MP

    Location:
    - Home

    Purchased by:
    - Me

    Revenue:
    - No revenue (this machine is used for hobby stuff only)

    Primary Workload: (please select just two and rank them in order!)
    - Gaming
    - Software/web development
    - Video work
    - Music/Audio
     
  4. Boneoh macrumors 6502

    Boneoh

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2009
    Location:
    So. Cal.
    #4
    Machine: 2009 Octa MP
    Location: Home office, I work from home!
    Purchased by: Me, out of business $$$
    Revenue: Full-time Revenue, off hours fun when I get a break
    Workload #1: Software and Web development
    Workload #2: Scientific/Mathematical modeling (development)

    When (if) I get spare time, I want to do more photography, video, and audio fun stuff. Work eats up 60 hrs a week average. The MP has definitely improved my productivity, some of my common workflows have gone from 10 minutes to about 2, compared to my old MBP. :D
     
  5. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2008
    Location:
    Boon Docks USA
    #5
    Machine: Mac Pro 2008 2.8 ghz
    Location: Minnesota
    Purchased by: Myself
    Revenue: Zero
    Workload #1: Video editing
    Workload #2: Watching movies/ stream to apple tv

    My other mac pro crunches data for world community grid 24/7.
     
  6. rwdds macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2005
    Location:
    Philly
    #6
    Machine: MP '09 2.26 Octo HD9870
    Location: Philly
    Purchased by: Me
    Revenue: Enough to have lots of toys! I'm a dentist
    Workload #1: 3D Cone Beam CT scan volumetric modeling and analysis
    Workload #2: Vertical market database/utility development, marketing
    Playload:Music, guitar, photo imaging, web development, etc.
     
  7. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

    CaptainChunk

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2008
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    #7
    Machine: 2008 Mac Pro 2.8GHz 8-core
    Location: My Home Office (I work from home)
    Purchased by: Me
    Revenue: Full-time revenue
    Workload #1: Video work
    Workload #2: Graphic arts/photo work
     
  8. Topper macrumors 65816

    Topper

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2007
    #8
    .
    Machine: 2008 Octo 3.0GHz MP
    Location: Residence
    Purchased by: Me
    Revenue: Retired, no revenue
    Workload #1: Image editing
    Workload #2: Video editing
    Workload #3: X-Plane
    .
     
  9. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    Sep 4, 2006
    #9
    Want: 2.93GHz 8 core Nehalem Mac Pro, 32GB RAM, SSD drive as boot and rest filled with 2tb hdds connected to 2x 24" LED ACD.

    Usage: 1080P PR0N!!!!!
     
  10. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

    GoCubsGo

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    Feb 19, 2005
    #10
    Machine: MP Octo 2.8
    Location: My office
    Purchased by: Mastercard
    Revenue: I have a day job.
    Workload #1: Photo editing
    Workload #2: Digital painting
     
  11. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

    Genghis Khan

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2007
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    #11
    Machine: 2008 Octo MP
    Location: Home
    Purchased by: Me
    Revenue: No revenue (this machine is used for hobby stuff only)
    Workload #1: 3d Rendering
    Workload #2: Video work

    - only a bit of iMovie to create presentation videos for my animations, but i'm of thinking letting my film school mate use it for FCS. He gets to upgrade from an MBP, and I get FCS :D

    (I don't use this machine for Safari/iTunes/Mail...but my sisters do :p )
     
  12. theMaccer macrumors 6502a

    theMaccer

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    Oct 7, 2006
    Location:
    SoCal
    #12
    VERY NICE!:D:D
     
  13. emt377 macrumors member

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    #13
    2008 Octo MP
    Bought it as a business expense
    I use it for software development

    Don't play games much, but have been itching to check out WoW...
     
  14. sehnsucht77 macrumors 6502

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    Dec 26, 2008
    #14
    Early MBP 2008.
    -Academic research work and data number crunching.
    -primary function is for professional biotech use; revenue earned considering it is my primary profession.

    G5 and G4:
    -G5 is for revenue earning work in audio and video.
    -G4 is for acadamic research work/ data number crunching

    Proggies used:
    -Final Cut Pro, Digidesign PT HD 8
    -National Instruments Labview and Mathlab for data acquisition and data analysis.
     
  15. grue macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2003
    Location:
    Somewhere.
    #15
    Machine: 8x3.0 / 12GB of RAM / 4.15TB
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Purchased by: Company, given to me as tax writeoff so I can work from home when I don't feel like coming in or want to work odd hours.
    Revenue: Generated by work
    Workload #1: Film editing
    Workload #2: Gaming ( :D )
     
  16. Gymnut macrumors 68000

    Gymnut

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2003
    #16
    Machine: '09 Octo 2.66
    Location: Home
    Purchased: Me
    Revenue: No Revenue; Current student so that means I work for free.
    Workload: Picture and sound editor. FCP, Avid MC, and Pro Tools 8LE
     
  17. VirtualRain thread starter macrumors 603

    VirtualRain

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    Location:
    Vancouver, BC
    #17
    So far, only 2 out of 15 respondants actually use their machine to make money.

    Who else has a Mac Pro?
     
  18. Topper macrumors 65816

    Topper

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    #18
    I'm unselfish. I bought the Mac Pro so that Apple would make money. :p
    .
     
  19. Loa macrumors 65816

    Loa

    Joined:
    May 5, 2003
    Location:
    Québec
    #19
    Machine: 2009 Quad MP
    Location: Home
    Purchased by: Me
    Revenue: Part-time revenue
    Workload #1: Graphic arts or photo work
    Workload #2: Gaming
     
  20. eawmp1 macrumors 601

    eawmp1

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    Feb 19, 2008
    Location:
    FL
    #20
    Horny dyslexics UNITE! :D
     
  21. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

    Genghis Khan

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    Jun 3, 2007
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    #21
    i'd imagine that most people who use their Mac Pro for serious work wouldn't come on these forums ;)
     
  22. badlydrawn macrumors newbie

    badlydrawn

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    Jan 11, 2007
    Location:
    vie, austria
    #22
    Machine: Pre 2008 MP
    Location: Home office (work from home)
    Purchased by: Me
    Revenue: Part-time revenue
    Workload #1: 3d Rendering
    Workload #2: Graphic arts or photo work/Video

    And some gaming on the weekends.
     
  23. SolidGun macrumors 6502

    SolidGun

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2004
    Location:
    Twin Cities
    #23
    Machine: 2009 Quad MP
    Location: Residence
    Purchased by: Me
    Revenue: No revenue
    Workload #1: Gaming
    Workload #2: Processing files

    I just needed a quiet unit with lots of power.
     
  24. iGary Guest

    iGary

    Joined:
    May 26, 2004
    Location:
    Randy's House
    #24
    Machine: MP Octo 2.8
    Location: Home Office
    Purchased by: Home Business
    Revenue: I have a day job/part time VR Tours.
    Workload #1: QTVR Rendering
    Workload #2: Digital Photography
     
  25. VirtualRain thread starter macrumors 603

    VirtualRain

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    Location:
    Vancouver, BC
    #25
    I agree... this thread will likely prove your theory true, which was also my hypothesis.

    I think this is an important consideration when reading subjective threads on this forum... that is, most vocal participants on here (including yours truly) are not part of the target market for the Mac Pro.
     

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