Which Mac Pro to buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by citycm, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. citycm macrumors newbie

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    For the past year I have been saving hard for a Mac Pro and waiting patiently (ok not that patiently) for the new Mac Pro to be released but like many have been put off by the price hike.

    Anyway, I have decided to take the plunge and buy a Mac Pro in April but not sure which one. As I am a university student in my final year, this is my last chance to use my HE discount and the new 2.66GHz Quad Core is about £1600 with the discount which is how much the old 8 core would have cost me before the update *sigh*

    Anyway, I have also seen some 8 Core 2.8GHz Mac Pros on ebay for about £1300-£1400 but obviously these are a year old, old technology, and many of them are standard spec (2GB, 320GB, no airport).

    Which would you buy? Is the new quad 2.66 worth £200-£300 more than the old Octo 2.8GHz?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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  3. citycm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The forum search function is absolutely useless and yes I have tried it many times.
     
  4. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    I didn't have any issues finding those four threads, using MRoogle. Just saying...

    Don
     
  5. JasO macrumors regular

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    I didn't think so. I just brought a 2008 2.8 yesterday... absolutely love it =D I'd say go for it. Also the ram limitations in the 09 quad is a bit silly to me. So yeah... this was the better deal for me.
     
  6. citycm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What are the RAM limitations?
     
  7. aaquib macrumors 65816

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    Single quad core Mac Pro's can only take up to 8GB of RAM.
     
  8. citycm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow that is stupid! So am I right in assuming that unlike the 08 Mac Pro's, the 09 ones use different logic boards for quad and octo?
     

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