Which Mac Pro is faster? And which would you get this for this price?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by macprofit, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. macprofit macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2010
    1st Gen Mac Pro.
    2x 3.0ghz Quad Core Clovertown (8 Core)
    32GB Ram DDR2 667mhz, FB-DIMM.
    ATI HD 4890, 1GB Graphic Card.
    (Let's say this costs $2100)


    Lastest Gen Mac Pro.
    2x 2.26Ghz Nehalem Quad Core (8 Core)
    6GB DDR3 1333mhz Ram.
    Nvidia Geforce GT 120, 512mb Graphic card.
    (Let's say this costs $3300)

    My question is:

    Just how much faster would the new generation Mac Pro be compared to the old gen Mac Pro with above specs?
    Can someone please give me a benchmark number (Or a guess).
    And btw, which one would you get?
  2. AnimaLeo macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2009
    I highly doubt you could get an octocore 3.0 Mac Pro with 32GB of ram for $2100.
  3. macprofit thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2010
    I said "Let's say" assuming you can.
    I am upgrading the Mac Pro, and selling off the old parts. Why the pricing resulted this way.

    So what's the verdict for everyone?
  4. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    The second is quicker. Real world till software catches up there both pretty much the same.
  5. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    OP, you're best bet is to go for a 3.2GHz '08 Octad. It's in the refurb store for the same price as the base '09 Octad (2.26GHz), and the '08 is faster in both single and multi-threaded applications. :eek: It's an EFI64 system, so you can still upgrade the OS (when they go K64 only) and graphics cards (EFI32 systems, which the '06 and '07 are, can't use EFI64 based cards).

    It also has fewer problems right now than the '09 systems. Simply put, it's the best deal out there right now, and I don't think that's going to change much when the 2010's ship, as I suspect another price increase with them and/or lower clocks.
  6. Nostromo macrumors 65816


    Dec 26, 2009
    Deep Space

    OP, there have been threads here where owners of 2006 Mac Pros felt ripped off because they were not offered firmware upgrades that would make their EFI32 systems compatible with EFI64 cards.

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